Windsor

Catholic school board support staff on strike

Hundreds of janitors, secretaries maintenance and other support staff at the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board are on strike this morning.
Support staff with the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board are on the picket line this morning. (Meg Roberts/CBC)

Hundreds of janitors, secretaries, maintenance workers and other support staff at the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board are on strike this morning. 

Wages have been frozen since 2012, when the last "freely-negotiated" contract expired, Unifor Local 2458 president Bruce Dickie said. 

The strike includes 370 employees at the Catholic board. 

Parents should still have access to pick up and drop off their children at school, but picketers held up up teachers creating traffic backups this morning.

Shortly after noon Monday, Windsor police tweeted out a message telling parents similar delays can be expected after school is wrapped up this afternoon.

Stephen Fields, district spokesman, said administration at the schools plan on doing the jobs of those on strike to keep the schools clean and safe.