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WINDSOR, ON – Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1393 workers, who provide recruiting, fund-raising, student, academic, IT and technical support at Windsor University, are concerned that the actions of the employer will result in service disruptions as contract negotiations have dragged on for more than a year.

We don’t understand why the administration is treating this group of workers – many outstanding long time employees – so disrespectfully,” said Aldo DiCarlo, President of CUPE Local 1393.

Windsor U has completed bargaining with three other unions who represent other support workers; this CUPE Local has faced so many concessions requests, which only shows a lack of respect for our members. Following last night’s strike vote, the bargaining committee is now asking for a “No Board”. This sets a deadline for legal lock-out or strike at the end of September.

CUPE Local 1393 represents 252 technical, trade, academic and professional workers, who provide support for all departments of the university, including students’ residences.

We’re asking the public to tell the President of the University to show some respect and to treat our members fairly by offering a fair contract without any concessions, like they did with other university workers.” DiCarlo concluded.

Shelley Smith CUPE Representative says that, “because of the employer’s position, a Ministry of Labour conciliator will report on outstanding issues and will determine a strike/lockout deadline.”

For more information, please contact:

Aldo DiCarlo, CUPE 1393 President: 519-981-2605 (cell)
Shelley Smith, CUPE National Representative: 519-966-9595