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OTTAWA Twelve cleaners at Carlingwood Mall have won their jobs back after a deal was reached late last night between Local 4266.06 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the new contractor at Carlingwood. A boycott of the mall has been lifted.

“Carlingwood learned these twelve workers never stood alone against injustice – 500,000 of their sisters and brothers in the Canadian Union of Public Employees stood with them,” says CUPE National President Judy Darcy. “Together with other union members and community supporters we proved solidarity brings justice.”

“This is a major victory for us and we want to thank all the people in our community and in the labour movement who helped us fight to get our jobs back,” says Real Shank, CUPE 4266.06 spokesperson.

The workers were thrown out of work October 21st when Carlingwood hired another contractor to clean the Mall. Lower-paid workers had been brought in to do their work.

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

“This deal could not have been reached without the community and labour support for our boycott,” says CUPE National Representative Andy Mele. “We would like to thank all our sisters and brothers in the labour movement and the many supporters in our community who walked the picket line with us and came to our rallies – this is a victory we can all celebrate.”


For further information, please contact
Andy Mele, CUPE National Rep, 613-237-0115
Real Shank, CUPE 4266.06, 613-276-7958
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999