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WINDSOR, Ont. – Windsor city employees, forced to strike to protect retirement benefits, will be joined by CUPE members from 25 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario union locals for a May Day rally. 

The rally will take place at Dieppe Gardens (corner of Riverside and Ouellette Streets) on Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. Set to address the rally are: Sid Ryan, President of CUPE Ontario; Jim Wood, President of CUPE Local 82; Jean Fox, President of CUPE Local 543; Andrea Madden, President of the Windsor District CUPE Council; and others.

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is the traditional day for workers and the Labour Movement to celebrate their social and economic achievements. The day commemorates the general strikes which commenced across America on May 1, 1886. These strikes eventually resulted in the implementation of the eight-hour workday, one of Labour’s first and most important successes. Prior to this, workers (including children) were expected to work between 10 and 16 hours per day.

Windsor city workers have been on strike since April 15, 2009.

WHAT:  May Day Rally with striking Windsor city workers from
CUPE Local 82 and CUPE Local 543

WHERE:  Dieppe Gardens (corner of Riverside and Ouellette Streets)
Windsor, Ontario

WHEN:  Friday, May 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

WHO:  Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario
Jim Wood, President, CUPE Local 82 
Jean Fox, President, CUPE Local 543 
Andrea Madden, President, Windsor District CUPE Council, et al
For further information, contact:

Sid Ryan    President, CUPE Ontario, 416 209-0066  [email protected]
Humberto daSilva, CUPE Communications, 416 839-9550  [email protected]