Theyre holding strong CUPE 65, representing workers at the Fort Frances and District Association for Community Living, is still on strike. Although the weeks are dragging by, support among the strikers and from their sisters and brothers in other unions in town and all across CUPE has helped keep spirits high.
The people of Fort Frances are also very supportive. Last week the local ran an ad campaign calling on members of the ACLs board to take up their responsibility and exercise some leadership over management.
According to local president Gwen Miller, local residents have responded by phoning board members, some of whom are trying to duck their responsibilities.
This executive director is the major obstacle to a settlement, says Miller. When the board of directors will not even talk to taxpayers who call them, you know that things are turned upside down.
We have sent every person on the board a letter, asking for their help is settling this strike. We wonder how the executive director can ignore the support the town is giving us. They know that we deserve a better wage package. Even the provincial government has set aside money for us!