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FREDERICTON - Saint Thomas University might soon be without cafeteria services. Negotiations between the cafeteria workers, members of CUPE Local 3372, and ARAMARK Canada Food Services have come to a halt. “The mediator was unable to bring ARAMARK Canada to change its position on wages and sick leave”, said Maureen Michaud CUPE Representative.

“The Local is going to take a strike vote Friday, February 17, 2006. 90% of the membership rejected the last contract proposals,” explained Michaud. “The outstanding issues are monetary.”

This group of employees has one of the lowest wages for food service workers in the province.” The employees prepare and serve food for 2800 students who live on and off campus. They also cater to special functions such as banquets and business meetings. CUPE Local 3372 represents 50 members. This group has been without an agreement since August 1, 2005.

For more information: Maureen Michaud, CUPE Representative - (506) 458-8059