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VANCOUVER – As the SFU Board of Governor’s Employee Relations Committee meets on Wednesday, April 2, 2003 university support staff and friends will gather at Burnaby Mountain, at the convocation Mall to ensure that the committee doesn’t forget the fact that 750 support workers are awaiting an answer regarding mediation arbitration.

“Yesterday, we sent a letter to all board members telling them how important a fair settlement is both to university peace and to ongoing good relations at the university,” said Lynne Fowler, president of CUPE 3338. ” Today, we want to make sure they think about fairness as they discuss whether or not to agree to our recommendation of mediated arbitration.”

Mediated arbitration is a labour relations situation in which an appointed mediator attempts to bring both sides together and, if all else fails, makes recommendations that are binding to both parties.

“We would have far preferred a simple but fairly negotiated settlement,” said Fowler, “one similar to what the university granted other employee groups. But that did not happen, and time and university peace are of the essence.”

Meanwhile Harbour Centre and Strand Hall, the administrative nerve centre of Simon Fraser University will continue to be shut down until further notice.

The rally will take place at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 2, 2003.

Lynne Fowler, president cell: 778-772-7416 or
John Bannister, business agent cell: 604-219-2209.