CUPE 3338 Support Staff Shut Down SFU

by Stephen Petrina on November 1, 2012

Behind CUPE 3338 picket lines, Simon Fraser University is completely shut down today. Save for the Union members and supporters picketing, the main campus on Burnaby Mountain is desolate. CUPE 3338 members have been without a contract since 2010 (SFU clerical staff, library assistants, technicians, lifeguards, financial aid advisors, building technologists, programmer analysts, buyers, stores clerks, information specialists, control clerks, and programmers). CUPE 3338 President Lynne Fowler says the escalation in job action follows a meeting with SFU president Andrew Petter and senior university executives on Monday. “We received no indication from the administration that they are willing to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a settlement,” says Fowler. “That leaves us no alternative but to ramp up job action to pressure them to bargain in good faith until we have a deal.” Escalating to other campuses, the Union advises: There will be a full withdrawal of services at Surrey campus Friday, Nov 2, 2012 between 8:30 am and 4:30pm. There will be a full withdrawal of services at Harbour Centre and Woodwards building of the Vancouver campus on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4th.