Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

June 18, 2009 18:37 ET

As Discussions Break Down With the City of Windsor, CUPE Files for Unfair Labour Practice

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has served the City of Windsor with an unfair labour practice complaint regarding the City of Windsor's handling of these negotiations with Locals 82 and 543.

CUPE local 82, representing outside workers, and local 543, representing the inside workers, were ready to stay at the table until a deal was reached this week. Meanwhile, details of discussions were released that showed evidence of bargaining in bad faith.

Linda Thurston-Neeley, Assistant Regional Director of the Canadian Union of Public Employees states that the Local Unions are very disappointed with the outcome of this round of bargaining: "The Locals have made many attempts to resolve this labour dispute but they can no longer negotiate with themselves, the media and people who have no authority to resolve this dispute. The behavior of some of the City employees and some of the elected members makes it impossible for us to continue discussions", said Thurston-Neeley. "There is just no way we can negotiate in this kind of environment."

Jim Wood, President of local 82 and Jean Fox, president of local 543, are upset with the City's attitude: "Members of city council have declared publically that part of their own council went too far and some of the tactics they've used were clearly bad faith bargaining", stated both Presidents of the Local Unions. "I think it is very sad, especially because we felt that talks were progressing. Our duty now is to meet with our members, explain the situation and act on their direction."

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