Striking Medical Lab Workers Rally In Windsor

An all day rally is taking today in front of the Medical Laboratories of Windsor office on Ouellette Ave.

It's in support of the company's roughly 90 unionized employees, who've been on strike since last Monday.

The employees, represented by Unifor Local 2458, work at 11 sites across the city.

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Striking workers rally outside the Medical Laboratories of Windsor office on Ouellette Ave. on October 10, 2017. (Photo by Kimberley Johnson)

Wages are the main issue in the dispute as the workers are looking for a contract that would see them paid on par with hospital workers performing the same job.

Unifor Local 2458 2nd Vice-President Ken Durocher says negotiators sat down for talks with the company for around an hour on Thursday. "They didn't go well. We thought when we both got back together we thought we could get a resolution, it didn't happen. There were no improvements to anything as far as wages, we just broke the talks off."

Durocher says they're trying to get a better wage for these workers. "They do start at $12.50 an hour. Their max is $17.50 an hour but that takes them 10 years to get to that wage grid. For the technologists, they start at $20 an hour but it takes them almost 10 years to get to a max compared to what a hospital worker makes, which is $30 to $40 an hour."

Durocher says the union hopes to sit down again with the company at some point this week.