HAGI community support workers on strike

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United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175 members, from left, Michele Raison, Heather Burns and Lisa Lavallee walked the picket line on Wilson Street on Wednesday.
(Sandi Krasowski)
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175 members, from left, Michele Raison, Heather Burns and Lisa Lavallee walked the picket line on Wilson Street on Wednesday. (Sandi Krasowski)

About 75 community support workers in Thunder Bay have taken strike action to back contract demands.
The members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 175 provide support services for Hagi Community Services for Independence clients.
Pickets went up at 8 a.m.Wednesday at about a half-dozen locations in the city after an 11th-hour bargaining session Tuesday failed to reach an agreement.
Local 175 representative Colby Flank told The Chronicle-Journal that management outlined a final offer on Monday during mediation talks, and it was rejected by 93 per cent of the membership.
That offer contained a 20-cent-per-hour wage increase over two years, but not much else, Flank said.

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