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VANCOUVER — A rally is planned for Monday at noon at Simon Fraser University, to protest the lack of movement on the part of the employer to deliver on fairness demands made by its support staff, members of CUPE 3338.

“We have given 72-hours notice of job action to our employer,” said John Bannister, business agent for the CUPE local. “Effective Monday there will be a strict overtime ban and a rally will be held at noon to let the entire campus know just how frustrated we are.

SFU support staff have been in bargaining since April 2002. The issues in this dispute relate to fairness around wages and benefits. Simon Fraser University has negotiated wage and benefit increases for other employee groups but are refusing to do anything similar for support staff.

“It would appear,” said John Bannister, “that university employers have joined forces to bring back a rigid system of ’those who deserve and those who don’t’ SFU support staff reject that approach outright.”

The rally will take place at Convocation Mall (just outside the main library) at Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain at 12 noon, Monday, March 24.


John Bannister, CUPE Local 3338, business agent
(604) 219-2205.