University of Windsor reaches tentative deal with striking CUPE members
It appears the month long strike at the University of Windsor may be over.
A tentative agreement was reached between the university and CUPE 1393 at 11:58 p.m. on Monday.
“I think it's a testament to the university,” says Karen Momotiuk, director of alumni for the faculty of law. “The people that they hired are great people. We work hard and we love what we do.”
The union represents nearly 300 technical, trades and professional staff has been on strike since Sept. 8.
Kasia Frak has the unique perspective of being both a student and the daughter of a striking worker.
“It's been really frustrating and stressful,” says Frak. “Their stress is my stress."
She says it's been a challenging month for both striking workers and students alike.
“Some students just didn't really care which is sad because it's their money," says Frak.
CUPE 1393 member Frank Magliaro says 99 per cent of students have been very supportive.
On campus Tuesday, picket signs were modified to show gratitude towards those students impacted.
“If they were frustrated, we tried to talk to them and understand and then we report that back to our office,” says Magliaro.
Details of the agreement won't be made public until union members vote in favour of the new deal.
“My members are here for the students they want to get back,” says CUPE 1393 president Dean Roy. “They want to get the services going again, make sure the students don't lose anything and get the services that they paid for.”
A ratification vote is planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Caboto Club, with workers expecting to be back on the job Thursday morning.
“Back at work at 8:30, I believe I'll be back at 7:30. I can't wait," says Momotiuk.