Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

January 24, 2010 11:55 ET

First Group of CUPE School Board Workers Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract

WINDSOR, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 24, 2010) - The first group of CUPE school board workers to vote on their new contract have overwhelmingly ratified the deal.

CUPE National Representative Peter Baxter says the members of Local 3876, who work for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, voted 98% in favour of accepting the deal.

Here are the wage highlights of the five-year deal that runs from April 1, 2007 to April 1, 2011:

- 2.9% wage increase retroactive to April 1, 2007

- 2.9% wage increase retroactive to April 1, 2008

- 2.9% wage increase retroactive to April 1, 2009

- 1% wage increase, April 1, 2010

- 1% wage increase, April 1, 2011

CUPE School Board Co-ordinator Kathy MacLeod explains, "This group of workers had gone without any kind of wage increase since March, 2007 and as a result they had a lot of catching up to do.

"I am very proud of them for standing up for what they believed in which was the same wage increases that everyone else in the education sector received. As we said during our public campaign, all we were looking for was fairness - nothing more, nothing less.

"I'd like to also congratulate the negotiating committee for this local who were our 'lead table' in bargaining, as well as the entire executive of the Nova Scotia School Board Council of Unions for their patience and perseverance during this extraordinarily lengthy process.

"As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race," says MacLeod.

Contact Information

  • Kathy MacLeod
    School Board Co-ordinator
    902-578-3304 (Cell)
    or
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    902-455-4180 (o)