Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

January 31, 2011 10:00 ET

Media Advisory/Photo Op: CUPE, School District to Sign Historic First Contract

MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2011) - The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Medicine Hat School Division will sign a first contract for approximately 170 Teaching Assistants and Day Care Workers previously not covered by a union.

CUPE Local 829 President Jake Braaten said that while CUPE represents other employees in the schools, the Teaching Assistants are a new group that recently voted to join the union.

The collective agreement includes better job security and wages for employees, and converts a number of previously temporary employees to permanent status.

"Bargaining between the parties was cooperative and productive, and we were able to get a good deal for the staff," said Braaten. "Teaching Assistants play a vital role in the classroom, and they will be compensated for it."

Officials from the union and the school district will host a signing ceremony on Wednesday.

Media are welcome to take photos and cover the event.

Date: Wednesday, February 2nd
Time: Noon
Place: School Board Office – 601 1st Ave SW, Medicine Hat

Contact Information

  • CUPE 829
    Jake Braaten
    President
    403.580.1108
    or
    CUPE
    Lou Arab
    Communications Representative
    780.271.2722