Algoma University inherits potential strike

    SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, July 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Algoma University inherited
a potential strike when it was given a parcel of land and businesses including
retirement residence Windsor Park.
    Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1880), employees
of Windsor Park have voted to strike, rejecting a tentative offer from Algoma
University, the current owners of Windsor Park.
    "Our members are on the very low end of the salary scale, they have no
pension plan and few benefits, added to that, members of 1880 at Windsor Park
receive only four sick days a year," said Rick Alexander, CUPE National
    "The majority of our members are women, many are part time workers and
the issues of benefits, and sick time are extremely important to them. It is
unfortunate that when Algoma University was given the gift of land and
businesses valued at $3.2 million it came with a workforce that has suffered
from low wages and lack of benefits," Alexander concluded.
    The local will be in conciliation this fall.

For further information:

For further information: Rick Alexander, CUPE National Representative,
(705) 943-5515

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