Saturday, October 22, 2005

Information concerning the rights and responsibilities of Students during a possible strike by CUPE 1334

CUPE Local 1334, representing 280 trades, custodial and maintenance employees will be in a legal strike or lockout position as of Tuesday October 25th at 12:01 a.m.

In the event of a strike, students and other members of the University community should respect the efforts of CUPE 1334 to secure a collective agreement.

Crossing the picket line is a matter of individual conscience. CUPE 1334 does not want to prevent students from attending class and is fully anticipating that students will cross picket lines. However, they are asking that students show up earlier and to expect to be delayed at the line.

If students want to support the members of CUPE 1334, they can show up to picket line and ask the picket captain (the one wearing the vest) where they need help.

Students may also choose to wear the colour red throughout the duration of the (potential) strike to show their support for the members of CUPE 1334.

If you choose not to cross, you must ensure that you have made adequate alternative arrangements with your instructors regarding your classes -- faculty members have also been asked to do their best to accommodate students who choose not to cross the picket line to continue in their studies.

Please, do not perform the duties of striking workers. For example, if your garbage is full, contact an administrator to correct the situation. You are not required to remove your own garbage.

No member of the university community should be penalized for exercising their rights. We are a community and we should respect and support each other in the work we do in the University.

Questions can be directed to CSA Communications Commisisoner Hannah Draper

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