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Toronto University of Toronto Press workers, members of Local 3261 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), voted last night to accept an agreement reached earlier in the day between union negotiators and management.

Were glad we were able to avoid a strike that would have hurt students and the university community, despite a difficult and frustrating negotiation process, says Mehdi Kouhestaninejad, president of Local 3261.

Job security was the key issue for our members, says Mary Catherine McCarthy, CUPE National Representative and University Sector Coordinator. Members stuck together and won back the jobs of five workers who had been laid off during contract talks.

The one-year collective agreement covers 33 UTP shipping and receiving workers. Management improved job security language after a previous offer was rejected by the membership.

We will keep a very close eye on management to ensure that our workers are treated with respect and fairness, says Kouhestaninejad. We will continue to fight for equity and job security. These issues will be front and centre in the next round of bargaining.


For further information, please contact:

Mehdi Kouhestaninejad, President CUPE 3261
416-688-0607 (cell)

Mary Catherine McCarthy, CUPE National Rep.
416-292-3999, 416-274-2637 (cell)

James Chai, CUPE Communications