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Over two-hundred social service workers joined striking Lincoln County Humane Society workers on Friday, March 23, for a boisterous rally to send a strong message to management that the strikers are supported by their sisters and brothers from CUPE and beyond.
Chanting, ‘hey, hey, ho, ho, two-tier has got to go’, the rally was led by Matt Huber, a striking front-line member of CUPE 1287 and Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, Chair of CUPE Ontario Social Service Workers Coordinating Committee (SSWCC).
The social service workers from across Ontario attending their annual conference in Niagara Falls, joined the picket lines and spontaneously marched to the locked front-door of the shelter demanding for a fair contract for the 11 strikers. SSWCC’s members along with the CUPE Ontario Division contributed almost $8,000 to the strikers, helping strengthen the picketers’ resolve and lifting their spirits.
The humane society workers have been on strike since February 24. Management demands include lower wages for new hires, with no benefits, creating a two-tier workplace.