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Teaching assistants at the University of Windsor have voted to become CUPE members. The 634 new CUPE members join 25,000 CUPE members in Ontario universities.

“It’s been a long time coming – three years of doing the groundwork in building support, then almost exactly 5 months of waiting to get the results of the vote,” says Liam McCarthy, chair of the organizing committee and a graduate student in political science. “Now, finally, we can get down to bargaining.”

Ballots were cast on May 28, but couldn’t be counted until this past week because of legal objections raised by the employer. Seventy-eight percent of the ballots supported joining CUPE.

“This is another example of how CUPE’s commitment to organizing university workers is generating results,” says National President Judy Darcy. “This vote will further improve union density in this sector – making our university locals even more effective. It also confirms that CUPE is the union of choice for university workers.”