Eighty workers at the University of Toronto Press have been on strike since June 7th. Negotiations for a first collective agreement failed to reach a settlement after several months of talks.
The strikers, members of Local 3261 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) were buoyed last week by a rally attended by such well-known union activists as Sid Ryan, President of CUPE Ontario, and Bob White, former President of the CAW and CLC.
The support from members of the community, the student body and the labor movement has been tremendous, says Mehdi Kouhestaninejad, President of Local 3261. Our members are more determined than ever to stand their ground and force the University Press to offer them a fair deal so far they havent come close.
Note to Editors:
The Rally is scheduled for 12:00 noon, Wednesday, June 21st, in front of the Koffler Centre, corner of College and St. George.
For further information, please contact:
Mehdi Kouhestaninejad, President, CUPE Local 3261
(416) 340-7844 (office), (416) 336-1598 (pager)
Mary Catherine McCarthy, CUPE National Rep.
(416) 292-3999 (o)