CUPE 1001 ratifies University of Windsor deal

A strike has been averted as the University of Windsor and CUPE 1001 reached a tentative agreement Saturday morning.

Strike averted as university and union reached deal a day before deadline

University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman says all eyes are on the school after the student alliance held a controversial referendum on whether to support the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. (University of Windsor)

Members of CUPE Local 1001 have ratified a new thee-year contract with the University of Windsor.

As CBC Windsor's Gino Conte was first to report, the deal was struck Saturday and ratified Sunday.

The approximately 300 food services and grounds employees get a one-per-cent wage increase in each of the three years.

According to the union, the deal also contains stronger language protecting the jobs of employees on the main campus.

"It's no layoff for existing staff and it is an improvement that now we have language that says that we have the buildings on main campus," CUPE Local 1001 Dave Montgomery said. "We've got very favourable language and we have improvements we thought we'd never get."

University officials describe the deal as fair and responsible. It must be ratified by the board.

CUPE Local 1393 remains on strike,which has now entered it's third week.

Montgomery has asked his members to show support for the striking workers represented by CUPE Local 1393.

He said he is leaving it up to his members whether they want to cross the picket lines.

Almost 300 technical and professional staff have been walking picket lines since September 8.

"We want to get this over with. I want to be back to work [Monday] morning. It's the university team not coming to the table,"  CUPE Local 1393 president Dean Roy alleged.

University president Alan Wildeman said talks are taking place with a mediator to try to resume negotiations.

The key issues, according to the union, are job security and job evaluation

"We both have had some issues. Certainly CUPE 1393 has had some issues of concern to them. The employer's had some issues of concern to us. They typically revolve around the issues of bumping and bumping and job evaluation," Wildeman said. "We will continue to work through the mediator to see what we need to do to find the right common ground to get back to bargaining."

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