Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4400 (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4400 (CUPE)

April 21, 2009 17:47 ET

Bring Back the 150 Education Assistants-And Don't Close the Pools!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - "Ever since the Harris government removed the ability to tax and properly fund our school programs from the Toronto District School Board, parents, students and our members have come to dread Spring," said Giselle Burton, one of two Unit C Vice Presidents of CUPE 4400, Toronto Education Workers. "After 10 years of trying, and by a slim margin, the Trustees finally voted to terminate 150 Regular Program Education Assistants, something that will cause chaos and disruption to almost all elementary schools in the TDSB. We are asking them to rescind their decision."

Anna Hutchison, the other Unit C Vice President added, "And now the E.A.s are joined by the Aquatic Staff and the swim team parents as well as supporters of swimming programs for all." She continued, "Abandoning the pools that have been the property of the Toronto taxpayers for decades makes no economic or educational sense."

Noting that no one from the Board, including staff or Trustees, have responded to CUPE 4400's offer to co-pay for an actuarial study to determine how many children will be in danger of drowning if they no longer have access to swim classes, Giselle Burton said "I can't believe they are willing to gamble with children's lives like this!"

Anna Hutchison noted, "Some of these Trustees just seem to have given up. They are doing the Province's dirty work, not fighting for the kind of funding that our students, young and old, need to succeed."

Local 4400 will be at the TDSB Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 22 for the 7:00 regular meeting. They are gathering at 6:00 in or around the cafeteria at 5050 Yonge Street to speak abut the issues. Educational Assistants, and Swim Instructors will be available for interviews.

Contact Information

  • CUPE 4400
    Giselle Burton
    Unit C VP
    Cell: 416-885-2054
    or
    CUPE 4400
    Anna Hutchison
    Unit C VP
    Cell: 416-885-4192
    or
    CUPE 4400
    Katie McGovern
    Secretary
    Cell: 416-885-5075
    or
    Ellen Sunter
    Educational Assistant - Regular Program
    416-320-8912
    or
    April Rawji
    Educational Assistant - Regular Program
    416-543-0048
    or
    Bonnie Dineen
    Educational Assistant - Special Education
    416-550-6934
    or
    Nancy Campbell
    Swim Instructor
    416-347-5116