Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

April 25, 2009 00:13 ET

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE): Windsor City Council Refuses to Get Back to the Table

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2009) - On Friday, April 24th, Windsor City Council was meeting to discuss a possible return to the bargaining table; an offer put forward by the City workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

In an effort to resume discussions and end the labour dispute, the Union has proposed to Council a number of options worthy of discussion to get back to the table by next Monday. On Friday evening, the mediator informed the Union that City Council was not willing to formally meet with the Union on Monday as they proposed, resulting in the continuation of the strike.

"The Council's attitude is hard to understand", said James Wood, CUPE representative. "We presented some areas of resolution to this settlement but it seems like they are not even willing to listen to us. We showed clear signs of good faith but obviously Mayor Francis and City Council are not showing any interest for open discussions and simply won't move from their position."

"By cutting post-retirement benefits to new hires, the City would not likely save any money for thirty years, said Wood. We are simply asking for a fair deal and we don't think concessions are the answer. In these though times, Windsor City Council should rather show some leadership and invest in its public services and try to resolve the crisis. Again, we are ready to get back to the table and put an end to this strike that we never wished for. The Union will continue to wait over the weekend to hear that the City is prepared to return to the table and bring an end to this strike."

CUPE local 82, representing outside workers, have been on strike since Wednesday, April 15th. Their colleagues of local 543, the inside workers, joined the picket line on Saturday, April 18th.

Contact Information

  • CUPE local 82
    James Wood
    (519) 818-0341
    CUPE local 543
    Jean Fox
    (519) 562-9045
    CUPE Communications
    Luc Tittley
    (416) 910-2389