Striking support workers in the Biggar Public School Division received a big morale boost from a packed town-hall meeting held June 3.
The special meeting of school division electors, attended by about 100 ratepayers, overwhelmingly approved a motion calling for the immediate removal of all employer concessions from the bargaining table.
“This meeting clearly proves that the division board does not have a mandate to attack our seniority rights and job security provisions,” says Penny McCallum, spokesperson for CUPE 2128, which represents the 46 teaching and library assistants, caretakers and secretaries.
The motions are non-binding, but McCallum says she is hopeful the division board will take the motions seriously in order to settle this strike.
The strike by the school employees has entered its fifth month.