CUPE Local 1393 heads back to work after month-long strike

The strike may be over at the University of Windsor, but there are signs of the month-long labour dispute all over the campus.

After 32 days of striking, 280 CUPE workers head back to work at University of Windsor

CUPE Local 1393 members are back to work after a month-long strike. (CUPE Local 1393/Facebook)

The strike may be over at the University of Windsor, but there are signs of the month-long labour dispute all over the campus.

For 32 days, there were picket lines, cancelled classes, and closed facilities.

According to students, it's like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders

The university gym, The Forge, is open for the first time in a month. 

"I was just so happy, excited," said Ernest Ohason, who went to work out as soon as the doors opened at 7 a.m. and stayed for six hours. "I couldn't concentrate ... coming back to The Forge is actually a huge deal."

The contract agreement is also a huge deal for graduate students, many of whom saw their labs cancelled and their theses threatened.

Iftekhar Basith is the president of the Graduate Students' Society. 

"The university is taking some good steps. They already have sent emails to the students [about] how they are planning to redesign the courses to accommodate students' needs," he said. 

But, some students like Sami Morlog are wondering if the timetable restructuring is enough. 

"Being a month in without labs or without some courses and a program, that's hard," she said. 

Others are just trying to take the altered semester in stride, while still trying to prepare for what's next.

"I'm sure they are going to strike again as soon as the contract is up," said Tyler Farrell. 

That is at least three years away, at least when it comes to CUPE Local 1393. 

University of Windsor officials also told CBC News they are looking to reschedule many of the school's 50th anniversary events for the spring. 


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