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CUPE 82 and 543 members voted Jul 17 to reject the City of Windsor’s latest offer.

Members of CUPE 82 voted 77 per cent against the offer while CUPE 543 members were 85 per cent against.
CUPE 82 president Jim Wood hopes this will convince the City to bargain seriously.

“Our membership just sent a clear message to Mayor Eddie Francis,” he said. “Our workers are ready to return to work but not at any cost. The City is asking for major concessions and offering nothing in return.  We have been fighting for fourteen weeks and this should finally make the City understand we are not giving up.”
Wood said after Wednedays events, where city managers were leafleting CUPE members out front of their union meeting, the locals are considering another unfair labour practice complaint.

“These tactics from the Mayor have to end,” Wood said. “He’s the one who provoked the continuation of this strike.”
CUPE 543 president Jean Fox said  “We need to resolve the strike as quickly as possible and resume services for the citizens of Windsor. Our members showed today how serious they are about fairness and respect. It’s now time for Mayor Eddie Francis and Council members to step up to the plate.

The locals which together represent about 1800 inside and outside workers at the City of Windsor, have been on strike since mid-April.