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It was cold outside but more than 300 CUPE 1975 members and supporters were heated at a noon hour rally Nov 25, as they vented their anger over the University of Saskatchewans attempt to derail the job evaluation process.

Chanting No damn way and Get back to the table, Daigle, the demonstrators condemned the universitys plan to abandon the joint process with the University of Regina.

We have been working on this joint job evaluation plan with the two universities for more than five years, CUPE 1975 President Glenda Graham told the crowd. And theres no damn way were going to allow the U of S to cut and run now at the 11th hour.

The joint job evaluation plan was initiated in 1998 after CUPE 1975 workers at the University of Regina filed pay discrimination complaints with the human rights commission.

Although the plan is nearly complete, U of S negotiator Barb Daigle told the union at a November 4 meeting that it intended to bail-out of the joint process and start over at the local bargaining table.

The announcement angered CUPE 1975 members, who believe the U of S is looking for a cheap fix instead of a fair and equitable pay plan for the two universities.

The union has filed a grievance and launched two unfair labour practice charges over the matter.

This isnt difficult or complicated, Graham told the rally. The U of S negotiated and signed a contract with the U of R and CUPE in 1998. And we intend to do whatever it takes to make sure they honour it.

Representatives of the U of S faculty association, PSAC and other CUPE locals pledged support to CUPE 1975 members at the rally.