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OTTAWA CUPE National President Judy Darcy, and CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan will speak at a rally in support of 1,200 teaching and research assistants at Carleton University on Thursday, January 9th, at 12:00 noon, in Room 102 of the Azrieli Theatre Building at Carleton University. Carleton is facing a strike by teaching assistants on January 15th.


Judy Darcy, National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President, University, Community and Labour supporters


Rally for Carleton teaching assistants as they prepare for a strike


12:00 noon Thursday, January 9th


Room 102 of the Azrieli Theatre Building at Carleton University

Background: Carleton University and CUPE 4600 have been in negotiations for a new collective agreement since July of 2002. In November, the membership voted in favour of strike action to support their contract demands, and chose January 15th as a strike deadline. Picket lines are set to go up at 7:00 a.m. if a deal has not been reached.

Key issues for the union are full protection against rising tuition costs and class size limits that will allow the members to properly serve their students.


For further information, please contact:

Hassan Husseini, Vice-President, CUPE Local 4600, 613-296-0621, 613-520-7482

John Gillies, CUPE National Rep., Ottawa Area Office, 613-237-0115

Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999