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Members of CUPE Local 3798.1, workers at Madison Avenue Housing and Support Services in Toronto, approved a settlement October 5, ending an 87-day strike. They will return to work on October 10.

This was a fight against union-busting at its worst, and those courageous picketers managed to fight it off and I applaud each and every one of them, says Joanne Martin, CUPE representative.

This was the worst strike in my personal experience and I am very proud of their resolve to stay on the line until a settlement was reached that they could ratify.

The local won an important victory on the central issue of scheduling, fighting off the employers attempt to have total control over hours of work. A $2,000 signing bonus and improvements in TTC travel allowances were also achieved. The employer tabled a 16-page list of concessions, but in the end, the unions resolve forced it off the table to reach a settlement.