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OSHAWACUPE Local 218 and the Durham Catholic District School Board have agreed to extend their lockout/strike deadline so that mediation can take place.

“The school board was in a position to lock out our custodians and maintenance workers as of next Monday,” said Local 218 President Don Bryans. “We’re pleased that they have responded to our campaign to prevent a lockout. Now we’re looking forward to discussions that will lead to a fair collective agreement.”

The deadline has been extended to August 12, 2002. The major issue is a school board demand to increase custodians’ workload. “It’s a change that would reduce the number of custodians, putting school cleanliness and student safety at risk,” said CUPE National Representative Linda Newman. “The current formula for the area each custodian cleans is consistent with other boards around the province where custodians have the same or fewer responsibilities,” she said.

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For more information:
Don Bryans, President, CUPE Local 218
905-571-7879
Linda Newman, National Representative
905-433-4760
Pat Daley, Communications Rep.
416-292-3999