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Carleton University, union resume bargaining as strike continues

Carleton University and CUPE 2424 are resuming talks as a strike by hundreds of support workers continues.

Hundreds of support staff have been on strike since March 5

Hundreds of support staff at Carleotn University have been on strike since March 5, after negotiations between the university and CUPE 2424 broke down. The two sides are now heading back to the bargaining table for the first time since the strike began.

After more than two weeks with no negotiation, Carleton University and CUPE 2424 are heading back to the bargaining table as a strike by hundreds of support workers continues.

The two sides have not met since the workers headed to picket lines March 5 after negotiations broke down.

"In the best interest of the Carleton community, the university and CUPE Local 2424 have agreed to meet to continue discussions in an attempt find a resolution and put an end to the labour dispute," said a statement issued by the university Friday.   

Both parties have agreed that discussions at the table are without prejudice and will remain confidential, the statement reads.

Pension benefits have been the main sticking point between some 800 workers and their employer since negotiations began in July 2017. 

The striking workers include admission staff, administrators, IT specialists, some librarians, athletics staff, counsellors and more.

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