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WINDSOR, ON – Local 1358.2 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reached a ground-breaking agreement last week with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District Catholic School Board (WECDSB) that will help ensure a successful rollout of the new early learning program (ELP) in September.

We are very excited to have concluded this important step to making early learning a reality in Windsor,” said Pat Holland, President CUPE Local 1358.

The letter of agreement incorporates the terms of the recently negotiated Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) agreement between the Province, school boards and the unions which represent the bulk of Ontario’s school board staff. The PDT agreement has now been incorporated into the current collective agreement between WECDSB and CUPE, and will be in effect until 2012.

When school begins next month, parents can know that the early learning professionals this agreement covers will be focused on making early learning a success at WECDSB by providing their children with the best possible education,” said Holland

Among other things, the agreement provides a framework for the orderly placement of early childhood educators (ECEs) into the board’s existing collective agreement, as well as establishing the role ECEs will play in the classroom.

For more information, contact:

Pat Holland, president CUPE Local 1358
Tel: (519) 253-8669

Kevin Wilson
CUPE Communications
Cell: (416) 821-6641