Media Advisory - OPSEU Windsor local demands fair wages for food services staff
WINDSOR, ON, Nov. 7, 2012, 2012 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --
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 Thursday, November 14 at 12 noon at the main campus of
St. Clair College.
DATE: Thursday, 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!"
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SOURCE: Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
Florry Foster, President OPSEU Local 137- tel: (519) 560-1898
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