Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

April 25, 2012 15:56 ET

Media Advisory: Rally to support part time workers at University of Guelph

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2012) - CUPE Local 1334 is negotiating a first collective agreement for nine part time library workers at the University of Guelph. They have been at the bargaining table since June 2011. These library workers are living at the poverty level earning between $10.50 and $12.50 per hour and are laid off between April and August.

The University is bullying these nine part time workers by reducing their hours of work, paying poverty wages and demanding cuts to an already poverty level pension. Last fall the university cut their hours from 21 through 24 to 18 hours. This leaves these workers without enough hours to collect Employment Insurance. The University is also demanding concessions on the pension plan that do not apply to the full time workers.

WHAT: Rally to support part time library workers at the University of Guelph
WERE: Branion Plaza at the University of Guelph (behind the University Centre)
WHEN: Thursday, April 26 at noon
WHO: Speakers are:
- Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario
- Kevin Skerrett, CUPE National Pension Specialist, he will also read a poem written by his mother Mary on behalf of the workers. Mary Skerrett passed away suddenly last week.
- Janice Folk-Dawson, president, CUPE local 1334
- Liz Cherry, United Steel Workers Local 4120
- Drew Garvie, Central Students Association, University of Guelph
- Laura Solomon, Guelph and District Labour Council

Contact Information

  • CUPE Local 1334
    Janice Folk-Dawson
    President
    519 766-8376

    CUPE Communications
    Wendy Forbes
    416 892-8716