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CUPE Local 3440, representing workers at the Kirkland Lake Association for Community Living, has won a major victory ending their two-month strike November 2. The local won major concessions from the employer, making progress on all major strike issues.

All full and part-time workers will now have pension coverage under the new Multi- Sector Pension Plan. They also won wage increases of 2.5 per cent and 3 per cent in a two-year contract that ends March 2003. Other improvements include improved dental and vision care plans, and improved job security language.

Fran Ludwick credits the strike support from many other Ontario locals and activists for their victory. “The message was clear, we had the support of CUPE members from all of Ontario,” she says. “The employer had to give in and meet our demands.”

Fran and 14 other members of her local still face charges arising from picket line incidents during the strike.