Despite the large turnout at Friday's rally in support of custodial staff at Wilfrid Laurier University, members of CUPE 926 were left with no choice but to strike starting Sunday morning. The university continues to demand a weakening of their contracting out language that will allow them to hire custodians who are paid less than $13/hour to do the same work done by CUPE members who make a living wage with pensions and benefits.
CUPE members need your support now on the picket line! Please join them as often as you can: they welcome supporters from all walks of life.
Picket times are 7am-5:30pm daily. Meet at the main entrance to Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Avenue. The union expects the need to adjust some of the schedule to accommodate blocking scabs hired to cover custodial positions that may be on night shift. Find the latest picketing schedule at 926.cupe.ca.
Friday's rally had a great turnout: probably 150 people, including many Labour Council supporters from other unions and the community.
We got some great media coverage on 570 News, CTV, and in The Record, and CBC radio.