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VictoriaS007500700070ort and Technical employees who work at Camosun College (CUPE Local 2081) advised their employer of an immediate ban on overtime.

The move by Camosun workers follows the recent break down in provincial bargaining between support and technical employees and the college employers in the 11 post secondary institutions involved in the current round of bargaining.

“Camosun College employees have been without a contract since March 1998,” said Donn Stanley, CUPE national representative for college sector bargaining. “Frankly, these workers felt they had no other choice but to escalate action. Obviously they want the Post Secondary Employers Association (PSEA) to seriously consider the result of an even greater escalation”

Camosun support and technical employees have expressed hope that the timing of this action will give their employers time to think about how labour peace can be reached early in the year 2000. “This overtime ban,” said Stanley, ” should give them the time to be creative in finding those solutions.”

Provincial table negotiations for the eleven colleges involved in this round of bargaining came to an impasse on December 3, 1999.

Information: CUPE Negotiator,Donn Stanley or Carol Nielson, Communications Representative, BCGEU (604) 291-9611.

December 14,1999