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CUPE claims University of Windsor to contract out janitorial jobs

The University of Windsor is contracting out janitorial duties at six of its buildings, says the union that represents the hourly employees who do the work.

School says affected staff won't lose their jobs, but will move to other parts of campus

Jeff Martin, the president of CUPE Local 1001, said the university's decision to contract out cleaning duties at six buildings is part of a longer trend of eroding the unionized workforce. (Laurence Martin/CBC)

The University of Windsor is contracting out janitorial duties at six of its buildings, says the union that represents the hourly employees who do the work.

The change takes effect next Monday, CUPE Local 1001 says.

John Coleman, the school's director of public affairs and communications said no one would lose their jobs as a result of the decision.

"The (janitors) are going to be involved in other areas of campus," Coleman said. "It's going back to the budget and the demand for custodial services. The university is looking towards enhancing services for all students and staff."

"The important thing to remember is no one is going to be losing their jobs," he said. "We're trying to use the budget we have as effectively as possible and to use staff as effectively as possible."   

Jeff Martin, the president of CUPE Local 1001, said he was told the university's decision was the result of absenteeism from some employees, but Coleman said he wasn't aware of that.

The union says the move affects work at Dillon Hall, Clark Residence, Alumni Hall, the Medical Education Building and the Toldo GLIER and ELIP buildings.

Martin says he is "pissed off to no end."

CUPE Local 1001 president Jeff Martin says no current union members will lose their jobs with this move, but he says 12 of his members will be redeployed and some positions will eventually be lost through attrition. (CBC File Photo)

He said the university's decision is the continuation of a troubling trend.

"It's been going on for years, and we've been talking about it for years. It's just nothing seems to happen. It just stays the same, and we lose jobs, lose jobs, lose jobs. You get mad. Your hands are kind of tied," he said.

Martin says no current union members will lose their jobs with this move, but he says 12 of his members will be redeployed and some positions will eventually be lost through attrition.

There are currently 68 employees in housekeeping at the university, according to Martin.

"They're going to completely get rid of us. That's just the way it is. They're going to get rid of us," Martin said.

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