SFU shut down second day behind CUPE 3338 Picket Line

by Stephen Petrina on November 2, 2012

Simon Fraser University is shut down for the second day in a row. “Our picket lines are working,” reports CUPE 3338 Members Services Coordinator Jan Gunn. “We met with university administration this morning and they are feeling the pressure.”  The 1,000-member union has been escalating job action in an effort to get the university administration back to the bargaining table. The workers have been without a contract for more than two years.

CUPE Local 3338 support workers have planned “an all-out, all-campus withdrawal of services” for next Wednesday. Picket lines will go up at the Burnaby Mtn, Surrey and downtown Vancouver campuses. The escalation and pending all-out strike has generated solidarity across unions, including the Teaching Support Staff Union (TAs), tutor markers, sessional instructors (SIs) and language instructors), and the SFU Faculty Association, which are both facing their own struggles to reach a fair Agreement.