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CUPE local 3205, food service workers at Trent University are on strike, as of Sunday Oct. 12. The locals 100 members are employees of multinational Aramark Canada.

The locals members were concerned enough about their wages and workload to reject a tentative settlement. Also on the table are a pension plan and decent benefits.

Trent students are planning a walkout today in support of the workers. Says walkout organizer Paul Earle, Weve got to do something to support these workers. Aramark is a huge multi-national corporation that serves crappy food and exploits its workers.

The local has set up a web log with the help of staff rep Brian Blakeley, to track the daily progress of the strike. The site has messages of support from other unions as far away as Australia, picket line photos and comments from visitors to the site.

The local is asking people to contact Aramark or phone them at 416-255-6131 and urge them to treat their workers with respect.

Also, email Trent University president Bonnie Patterson at mcdowney@trentu.ca and ask her to get involved to make sure all campus workers are treated fairly.