CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at 1356.cupe.ca This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Help Guelph Local 1334!

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

Now more than ever we need your support. As you all know my local 1334 will be in a strike position at 12.01 on October 25. The university has decided to wait until the 11 and a half hour and will have a mediation date on the 24th. There is a concession around benefits still on the table, a extremely regressive deal around pensions that Steelworkers agreed to, and a wage offer below what Steel got......Sisters and Brothers we have no choice but to fight back and we can't do it alone.

The executive and bargaining committee has today planned an information picket and rally for Oct 20th. We are hoping to do the information picket from 10:30 til 2:30 and to have a rally from 12 to 12:30. We are busy trying to contact speakers and are hoping to have our allies come to help out with the info picket. We have been in contact with the students who are in full support and will be doing some actions of their own on that date plus assisting us with the picket and rally.

I am hoping that some of the members of OUWCC and the CUPE Ontario executive would be able to come and it would be incredible if you could bring some of the members from your local with you. Members of my local are standing very firm and understand that we can not and will not accept any concessions. However it is a very lonely place sisters and brothers when every other bargaining unit on this campus including the steelworkers have taken a concession around benefits.

Please help my local stand firm, come and do the information picket with us, rally together and demonstrate that CUPE does not take concessions and that an attack at one locals benefits and pension plan will be fought off by all.
peace and solidarity,
Janice Folk-Dawson
President - CUPE 1334

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