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Twelve cleaners at Carlingwood Mall in Ottawa who were thrown out of work October 21 have won back their jobs.

“Carlingwood Mall learned these twelve workers never stood alone against injustice – 500,000 of their sisters and brothers in CUPE stood with them,” says National President Judy Darcy.

“Together with other union members and community supporters we proved solidarity brings justice.”

Members of the National Executive Board and CUPE staff joined other labour and community activists for a mass picket at the mall November 7. A union-led boycott of the mall and strong community support helped secure the victory.

The new cleaning contractor will now become the successor employer and the workers’ collective agreement will remain in place. Any future employees hired by the contractor will also be CUPE members and the workers will get wage increases of 2 per cent this year and 2 per cent in July 2003.

“This deal could not have been reached without community and labour support for our boycott,” says CUPE representative Andy Mele.

“This is a major victory for us and we want to thank all the sisters and brothers who helped us fight to get our jobs back,” says CUPE Local 4266-06 spokesperson Real Shank.