Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

January 14, 2013 11:16 ET

CUPE Locals 1247 and 1321 News Release: Renfrew County District School Board support staff ratify provincial agreement

Membership of CUPE Locals 1247 and 1321 vote to accept deal that protects services and students

PEMBROKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2013) - Education support staff at the Peel District School Board, members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 1247 and 1321, have voted to ratify a two-year provincial agreement that will protect services and students while ensuring stability in schools.

The agreement addresses a number of issues of importance to CUPE members, including protecting services through better job security, better sick leave support, and protection of pension contributions.

"Our members understood what our bargaining committee faced at the provincial bargaining table in the shadow of Bill 115," says Philippa Bell, president of CUPE Local 1321 representing office and clerical staff at the Board. "Their support helped greatly throughout this entire process, and we thank them for that support."

Bell thanked the provincial bargaining committee for their hard work, especially during the final week of negotiations which took place over the holiday season.

Robin Remus, president of CUPE Local 1247 who represents caretaking and maintenance staff at the Board added, "The fight is not over. Our locals have concluded this round of bargaining for our members but our concerns around Bill 115's infringement on our democratic rights remain. Bill 115 created a crisis in our schools and we will continue to campaign until all provincial leaders commit that they will not attack our basic collective bargaining rights in the future."

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