Union plans to hold strike
Tuesday, January 19, 1999
TORONTO -- The union
representing Ontario's public servants is asking its members for a mandate
to call a strike.
"Our objective is to get a collective agreement," Leah Casselman, president
of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union,
told a Queen's Park news conference yesterday. "We now see, as a result
of what the employer has tabled, that it's going to take a strong strike
vote to make sure we get a collective agreement our members will accept."
Ms. Casselman said she thinks an agreement can be reached without a
strike. Management Board Chairman Chris Hodgson, responsible for the government's
side of the negotiations, also said he thinks a repetition of the strike
three years ago can be avoided. "There's been good progress in the talks
so far," he said in a telephone interview. "I'm hopeful we can reach an
OPSEU's 48,000 members will likely hold a strike vote late next month.
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