More workers have joined the strike against the Community Care Access Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Four occupational therapists and physiotherapists, also without contracts, have joined the strike of 34 clerical workers. The clerical workers are members of local 3626. The therapists are members of 3741.1.
CUPE National Representative Ken McClelland said no talks have been held for the clerical workers since June 26. Their strike began July 2. They start at $11.22 an hour, and earn $13.20 an hour after three years. They are seeking wage parity with nearby Chatham-Kent workers, who earn 27 per cent more. The Board of the Centre is trying to break the union by hiring scabs and refusing to negotiate, McClelland told the media.
As the clerical workers were headed into the third week of their strike one of their pickets lines were bolstered by teachers and members of the Canadian Auto Workers union as well as Ontario NDP Leader, Howard Hampton.