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CUPE 4600 president Aalya Ahmad will give a news conference today at 10:30 am at Carleton University in Ottawa to announce a tentative agreement between the 1200 teaching and research assistants and the university. Press release announcing co-ordinates for the press conference

Union members were expected to walk off the job this morning to back their demands. According to the release: “the tentative settlement does include breakthroughs on all three key areas the members were seeking to avoid a strike. A tuition increase assistance plan has been established; a fund exists to help cover the costs of UHIP for international members, and a report on the effect of the double cohort on class sizes for TAs and the quality of education will be completed by May 2002.”

National President Judy Darcy heralded the settlement as an important victory for all post-secondary workers. “CUPE has been leading the fight for fair wages and working conditions for university workers while at the same time ensuring our universities remain accessible. With the recent victory at York and now at Carleton, were sending a clear message to governments that were determined to prevent our universities becoming corporate enclaves.”