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ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – School board workers at the District School Board of Niagara, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have a new four-year collective agreement following ratification votes by workers and the school board. The 1400 office, clerical, instructional support and custodial maintenance workers won a 11.5 per cent wage and benefits increase over the term of the contract – from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2008.

We are pleased that we were able to work out some of the outstanding issues with our employer,” said Frank Ventresca, president of CUPE 4156. “With bargaining behind us, our members can concentrate all their efforts to provide the best quality services to students in our community.”

The workers fought off concession demands from their employer during contract talks and won improvements to contract language for bereavement leave and personal days.


For further information, please contact:

Frank Ventresca, President CUPE 4156, 905-892-1997 (office) - 905-932-6884 (cell)

James Chai, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999