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Vancouver — As the last day of class approaches and exams are set to begin at Simon Fraser University next Monday (April 7), the bargaining process between SFU management and its 750 support staff, members of CUPE 3338, has ground to a standstill with management performing a disappearing act from the bargaining table after out rightly refusing mediation arbitration.

“Management refuses to bargain,” said Lynne Fowler, president of CUPE 3338. “Basically, they have pushed everyone to the wall. We now have no choice but to pull all members off the job beginning tomorrow at all three campuses.”

CUPE has, and continues to recommend, mediation arbitration as the most reasonable way of resolving the current labour dispute. The university has consistently refused to budge and makes totally unacceptable counter-offers based in inequality.

“At this point in time we can do nothing but demand that SFU come out of hiding and return to the table,” said Fowler. “On Friday the perimeter road of the Burnaby Mountain Campus will be picketed and so will Harbour Centre and Surrey.”

“Exams are scheduled to begin on Monday,” said John Bannister, business agent for CUPE 3338. “The smoothness with which the exams are carried out, if at all, is entirely up to SFU. This could all be over within a few hours, but surely not if management won’t even come to the table.”

Rotating job action has been taking place at SFU for the last ten days. For most of that time pressure was put on management functions leaving the students to complete their work. “We no longer have the choice but to bring all services to a halt,” said Bannister.



John Bannister (604) 219-2205 or
Lynne Fowler 778-772-7416