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OTTAWA - CUPE National President Paul Moist is calling upon all sides in the York University dispute to get back to the negotiating table and not leave until there is an agreement that works.

“Walking away from the bargaining table is not a luxury that negotiators in a situation that affects so many can afford to do.  But back to work legislation will not resolve the problems in dispute.”

The president of Canada’s largest union is asking Premier McGuinty to offer something concrete to help resolve the two month dispute.

“Remember what is at stake here,” said Moist.  “Many members walking the picket line don’t know from one term to another whether or not they will even have a course to teach. How secure can that be for anyone - worker or student?”

CUPE is asking the Premier of Ontario to demand that both sides negotiate non-stop until the situation is resolved. CUPE also expects the Premier to offer mediation.  Enforcing legislation will only entrench bitterness, and impede progress toward a fair solution.

For further information:

CUPE Media Relations – (613) 794-7867