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Carleton University issues statement on strike

The school says they're hopeful that talks with the union will resume soon, and they hope to reach a negotiated settlement.
2018-03-22 -CUPE 24-24-AB
Striking administrative, library, and technical workers. Photo/ CUPE 2424

Carleton University has issued a statement in regards to their striking administrative, library, and technical workers.

The school says they're hopeful that talks with the union will resume soon, and they hope to reach a negotiated settlement.

They also called the pension benefits, which have been a sticking point in contracts talks, an important issue.

On the picket lines Wednesday, worker Meghan Kenny said there have been roadblocks in getting back to negotiations.

"We are still out here because our university, the board or governors, and our union representatives have not come to an agreement on the issue of, from what I understand, the language in our collective agreement that protects our pension plan."

Current and former students at Carleton also issued an open letter Wednesday, in support of striking faculty.

The strike has caused labs at the university to be cancelled, while library and equipment services have dealt with severe cutbacks.

More than 850 administrative, technical, and library workers have been on strike since March 5.

The main sticking point in contract negotiations have been pension benefits.

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