Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)



Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

February 06, 2014 10:35 ET

Media Advisory/Rally for Respect: school support staff rally for fair treatment from District School Board of Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 6, 2014) - In a bid to end the unequal treatment by their employer, school support workers will hold a "Rally for Respect" at the headquarters of District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) in St. Catharines at noon on Friday, February 7.

Workers - who range from school secretaries to ECEs to school custodians - are demanding to know why their employer continues to single them out for inconsistent and arbitrary treatment.

DSBN has arbitrarily implemented sick leave penalties for support staff that are harsher and less generous than those enjoyed by the board's other employees, including principals and teachers.

Media are invited to attend the Rally for Respect, organized by Local 4156 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), to learn more about the issues affecting District School Board of Niagara and CUPE school support workers.

Who: School Support Workers for District School Board of Niagara: educational assistants, early childhood educators, school custodians, IT workers, child and youth workers, school secretaries, library assistants, maintenance workers, speech pathologists
Speakers at the rally will include Terri Preston, Chair of CUPE's Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee and Frank Ventresca, President of CUPE Local 4156
What: Rally for Respect from District School Board of Niagara
When: Friday, February 7 at 12:00 noon
Where: Headquarters of District School Board of Niagara
191 Carlton Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
Why: District School Board of Niagara continues to deny its support staff the same sickness provisions extended to all other board employees.

Contact Information

  • Frank Ventresca
    President
    CUPE 4156
    905-322-6152

    Mary Unan
    CUPE Communications
    416-206-5609