WINDSOR, ON – After enduring slow pace of contract negotiations, and concession demands by the University of Windsor Administration, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1001 is the second union to vote for a strike in a week. CUPE Local 1001 is comprised of over 300 full and part-time foodservices, housekeeping, grounds and maintenance workers. A meeting to report on the progress of negotiations was held yesterday and resulted in a vote with 93 per cent of members in support of a strike mandate for the bargaining committee.
“We find particularly regretful this employer’s unreasonable demand for concessions in our job security and job posting language, said David Montgomery, president of CUPE Local 1001. “This strike mandate sends a clear message that our members will not accept concessions of this nature and that this employer needs to get back to the bargaining table and make it a priority.”
“The reality is that our number of full time employees has dropped from roughly 275 two decades ago to 110 today. For years this University has continued to raise student tuitions and fees while reducing services, including those our members provide on a daily basis. Take a look around at the cleanliness of this campus, it’s obvious,” continued Montgomery.
“We urge students, parents, faculty and area residents to contact university administrators to demand they stop their attacks on staff, and make every effort to return to the bargaining table with a fair settlement to avoid a disruption that will hurt the university’s reputation,” David Montgomery concluded.
For more information, please contact:
Dave Montgomery, CUPE 1001 president: 519-991-6892 (cell)
Joel Bentley, CUPE National representative: 519-966-9595
Christian Martel, CUPE Communications: 647-270-6775 (cell)