Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

October 13, 2010 10:00 ET

CUPE News: Clean and Healthy Schools the Issue This Election

New Trustees Will Face Important Decisions around Management Model

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - CUPE Local 474 the union representing over 800 Edmonton Public School Custodial Workers says they are pleased that so many public school trustee candidates recognize that clean schools are crucial to student health and achievement. However, the next term will be crucial for determining if Edmonton Public Schools can improve its cleanliness record.

Shortly into the new term, trustees will be examining the future of school-based budgeting for custodial services. For thirty years Edmonton Public Schools has created as system of have and have not schools based on their management model. Rather than making schools better, this model of service delivery has failed when it comes to custodial services and maintenance. The Superintendent has launched a district-wide review of how services are delivered to schools – a review that will be on the next Board's agenda.

"This model of service delivery has not worked in any other school district;" says Doug Luellman, President of CUPE Local 474. "No other school district has adopted the franchise school model that Edmonton Public promotes, and for good reason. You cannot decentralize all services and keep up uniform cleaning standards at the same time."

Luellman says this election is timely as Edmonton Public Schools is addressing the failures of Site Based Management, and that CUPE 474 is prodding candidates on the issue. "We want to make sure the candidates who are elected understand both the purported successes and failures of site-based management, and vote to ensure healthy, clean schools across the district."

CUPE is Canada's largest union with close to half a million women and men who provide public services. In Alberta, CUPE's 30,000 members work in health care, municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, emergency medical services, social services and casinos. Visit our CUPE websites for more information and

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