Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

June 21, 2009 11:43 ET

CUPE to the City of Windsor: a Third Party is Necessary to Resume Bargaining

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2009) - In a letter sent on Saturday, June 20th, to the City of Windsor, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) offered to resume discussions if both parties would agree to bring in a new mediator that could supervise the bargaining process.

Linda Thurston-Neeley, Assistant Regional Director of CUPE, sees this as a necessary condition to resume negotiations: "The bargaining atmosphere has been poisoned since day one and we have lost all trust in the process", said Thurston-Neeley. "The unfair labor practice complaint we have filed this week is a clear consequence of the City's lack of respect for these discussions. In order for negotiations to continue in a fair manner, we think a trusted neutral third party needs to be called in."

Jim Wood, President of local 82 and Jean Fox, president of local 543, agree with this alternative and hope that talks will continue in a better set of mind. "Our membership sent a very clear signal on Friday: they are ready to go all the way to keep post-retirement benefits", declared Wood. "Everyone agrees that we need to get back to the table as soon as possible and resume negotiations, but the right conditions need to be there. A trusted mediator would allow just that."

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    Luc Tittley