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April 15, 2009 

Outside city workers in Windsor Ontario are on strike today after mediated talks failed to reach a settlement.

CUPE 82‘s 385 members have been asking for a modest wage increase and refusing to accept a two-tier benefit scheme for newly hired employees.

“We have cooperated with the City for over fifteen years on cost saving initiatives and we have once again proposed initiatives to assist with reducing operating costs, some with potentially large savings, but they simply refused to look at them, said CUPE 82 President James Wood.

Meanwhile, CUPE 543’s 1400 inside workers are also in a legal strike position, but they have a mediation session scheduled for Friday, April 17.