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OPSEU BBQ at St. Clair College a great success

OPSEU BBQ at St. Clair College a great success

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On Wednesday November 14, OPSEU Locals at St. Clair College set up  a food stand  in support of 22 members of Local 137.  These cafeteria workers (all women) employed by Chartwells, earn wages far below other workers doing exactly the same work.  Just in case these women are on strike in January 2013, CAAT Support members handed out OPSEU lunch bags for them to use if the cafeteria is closed!  Hundreds of students and staff came out at noon to support these women workers in their quest for good jobs and a living wage in Windsor.

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Media Advisory: OPSEU Windsor local demands fair wages for food services staff

November 7,  2012

Members of OPSEU Local 137, support staff at St. Clair College, will hold a barbecue lunch to support food service workers, their co-workers on the main college campus.  The employer, Compass / Chartwells, refuses to pay these workers wages comparable to those paid at other colleges and universities. The rally is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14 at 12 noon at the main campus of St. Clair College.

What: Rally
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 12 noon
Place: St. Clair College, main campus, 2000 Talbot Road West, Windsor

“Windsor has the highest unemployment rate in Canada,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “These workers are fighting for good jobs in their community. And OPSEU stands with them. All working people deserve to live with dignity.”

“Compass / Chartwells like to boast about being named on a list of Top 50 Green Employers and as a proponent of Fair Trade,” said Florry Foster, president of Local 137 of the Ontario Public Service Employees. “If this is so, then why can’t they pay their own employees a fair wage? These workers are all women – adding salt to our wounds!”

The 22 food service staff work for a privatized operation, Compass / Chartwells, not the college itself. The company is one of Canada’s largest food services providers.

In contract negotiations, the company offered to raise the hourly rate by 10-cents an hour. But it then demanded in return a one-dollar increase in the daily food cost paid by staff. The result would have been a net loss of 20-cents per day in wages for these women.

The workers, represented by OPSEU, are demanding wage parity with food service workers at Huron College in London. Some of the Windsor workers earn less than $12 an hour, which is 15 per cent less than similar workers at Huron.

“We are up against a very predatory employer who wants nothing more than to drive down further the low wages our members already earn,” said Foster. “This is intolerable and we are determined to fight back vigorously. Furthermore, it’s outright exploitation of women workers!”

More information:
Florry Foster, President OPSEU Local 137– tel  (519) 560-1898

OPSEU Windsor local demands fair wages for food services staff

November 7,  2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

Members of OPSEU Local 137, support staff at St. Clair College, will hold a barbecue lunch to support food service workers, their co-workers on the main college campus.  The employer, Compass / Chartwells, refuses to pay these workers wages comparable to those paid at other colleges and universities. The rally is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14 at 12 noon at the main campus of St. Clair College.

WHAT: Rally

DATE: Wednesday, November 14

TIME: 12 noon

PLACE: St. Clair College, main campus,
2000 Talbot Road West, Windsor

“Windsor has the highest unemployment rate in Canada,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “These workers are fighting for good jobs in their community. And OPSEU stands with them. All working people deserve to live with dignity.”            

“Compass / Chartwells like to boast about being named on a list of Top 50 Green Employers and as a proponent of Fair Trade,” said Florry Foster, president of Local 137 of the Ontario Public Service Employees. “If this is so, then why can’t they pay their own employees a fair wage? These workers are all women – adding salt to our wounds!”

The 22 food service staff work for a privatized operation, Compass / Chartwells, not the college itself. The company is one of Canada’s largest food services providers.

In contract negotiations, the company offered to raise the hourly rate by 10-cents an hour. But it then demanded in return a one-dollar increase in the daily food cost paid by staff. The result would have been a net loss of 20-cents per day in wages for these women.        

The workers, represented by OPSEU, are demanding wage parity with food service workers at Huron College in London. Some of the Windsor workers earn less than $12 an hour, which is 15 per cent less than similar workers at Huron.

“We are up against a very predatory employer who wants nothing more than to drive down further the low wages our members already earn,” said Foster. “This is intolerable and we are determined to fight back vigorously. Furthermore, it’s outright exploitation of women workers!”

More information:
Florry Foster, President OPSEU Local 137– tel  (519) 560-1898

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