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Tuesday October 8th, 2013

Posted at 12:09am

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The strike at the University of Windsor by 282 CUPE 1393 employees will be over soon if both sides vote to ratify a newly-reached tentative agreement.

CUPE 1393 announced — just seconds after midnight — that they had reached a tentative agreement with the University.

Communications representative Kevin Wilson says the agreement comes “on the heels of four days of marathon collective bargaining between the two sides.”

CUPE 1393 represents 282 skilled trades, professional, and technical employees including systems programmers, equipment technicians, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, painters, database administrators, therapists, graphic designers, audio engineers, nurses, development officers, writers, communicators, specialists, coordinators and advisers.

CUPE 1393 has been on strike for a month — since September 8th.

Details of the proposed collective agreement will not be made public until union members have had an opportunity to review and vote upon it.

A ratification vote for members of CUPE 1393 has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th.

The University’s Chief Communications Officer Holly Ward says “following ratification of the deal by both parties, employees will return to their normal work schedules.”

The University’s Board of Governors must vote to ratify the proposed agreement and Ward stressed that ratification meetings will be scheduled as soon as possible.

If approved by both sides, the strike would end and employees could return to work by the end of the week.

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