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Mass meeting sends U of T agreement to ratification

CUPE 3902 members vote on the proposed agreement after a five-hour mass meeting. Photo: Mick Sweetman
CUPE 3902 members voted in favour of sending a tentative U of T agreement to a unit-wide ratification vote.

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CUPE 3902 bargaining committee members have resigned in protest over a tentative agreement with the University of Toronto.

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Carleton res fellows vote against union by slim margin

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The battle to unionize the Residence Fellows at Carleton University is over – for now, at least.

Last night, the residence fellows – who work in the dorms at Carleton – voted 29-28 not to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 4600. There were four abstentions.

The group made headlines in late December 2013 when, due to a miscommunication error, CUPE National’s office blocked the group from organizing despite the fact that they had successfully signed 50 per cent of their union cards. In January, CUPE reversed its position and offered support for the residence fellows' union drive.

Organizers and former residence fellows Marina Tronin, Miranda Moores and Shelisa Klassen released the following statement to rabble today:

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CUPE reverses, invites Carleton fellows to unionize

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It turns out that Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will be helping Carleton University residence fellows unionize, after all. Just over a month ago, the union released a statement saying they would not accept the workers.

"It’s quite clear now. They are certainly eligible and we want to organize them," said CUPE President Paul Moist this week.

The union's early December refusal was a surprise to the would-be organizers, who had 50 per cent of union cards signed and the support of CUPE Local 4600 at the time.

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