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Saturday September 28th, 2013

Posted at 12:17pm

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Talks between CUPE 1393 and the University of Windsor to end a strike by 282 skilled trades and professional staff broke down Saturday morning.

CUPE 1393 officials say that the University of Windsor walked away from bargaining table this morning.

“We are at our wits’ end. Our bargaining committee has heard and attempted to address the issues and concerns raised in bargaining by the employer through our proposals, but their response has been to walk away,” said Dean Roy, President of CUPE 1393.

“Throughout this process, the University has consistently demanded that workers pay the price for their failure to appropriately manage basic human resources programs that ensure people are treated and compensated fairly for the work they do. We have always been prepared to work with Administration to ensure the smooth operation of these and other programs, but that isn’t possible if they aren’t prepared to manage them effectively,” he added.

Roy said the Union remains ready and available to continue bargaining, and called on students, faculty and the broader campus community to demand administration return to the table and negotiate.

“We’re sorry that everyone continues to be inconvenienced by Administration’s refusal to bargain seriously, and assure them we remain prepared to bargain at a moment’s notice,” he said.

Holly Ward, Chief Communications Officer for the University of Windsor says that the University remains ready to return to the bargaining table at any time.

“As you know, from the President’s letter sent out on September 23rd, there are two important issues of job evaluation and bumping to be negotiated with CUPE 1393, and we have not yet been able to resolve those issues,” said Ward.

CUPE 1393 has been on strike since Sunday September 8th.

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