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OTTAWA Conciliation talks have failed to reach a settlement for 670 support workers, including lab technicians, library support, academic support, health support and IT support at Carleton University, represented by Local 2424 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

We are fighting for fairness at the bargaining table, says Karen Martin, president of CUPE Local 2424. We are still at an impasse over important issues like job evaluation, overtime provisions and workload.

We urge this employer to get back to the bargaining table and treat these workers with respect, says John Gillies, CUPE National Representative. Carleton has not shown workers the respect they deserve in negotiations at several tables this fall and is courting strikes in the New Year. Twelve hundred teaching assistants and 350 sessional lecturers at the university have already set a January 15th strike deadline after their talks with the university failed to reach settlements.

We work hard to make the university work, says Martin. We deserve to be treated with fairness and respect.

Local 2424 members will gather at noon on Thursday, November 28th, for a rally at Carleton University. Members of Local 4600, currently in a legal strike position, are expected to join the rally for university support workers.

The university has failed to settle contracts with over 2200 workers and that doesn’t bode well for the education environment at Carleton, says Gillies. Students, parents and other members of the community should be angry with this administration and they should contact Carleton president Richard J. Van Loon to demand he treat workers at Carleton with respect and negotiate settlements not strikes.


For further information, please contact:

John Gillies, CUPE National Rep., 613-237-0115, 613-761-2569 (cell)
Karen Martin, President, CUPE Local 2424, 613-852-4334 (cell)
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999