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CUPE Local 474 will be holding a press conference Saturday October 2, 2004, 11 a.m. at 10989-124 St. to announce the launch of their public information campaign Clean Schools Improve Student Achievement.

Studies show that our work has a direct impact on student achievement, says Doug Luellman President of CUPE Local 474, Edmonton Public Schools Custodial Workers Union. Custodial workers are always the first cut when money to public schools get cut. That includes both school boards.

Last spring Edmonton Catholic Schools cut 20 custodial staff in their district says Luellman. They claimed it wouldnt have any impact on school cleanliness, I am afraid research shows the opposite. Clean schools inspire student achievement which is why we have launched our campaign to show how important our work is in both school districts.

The Edmonton Public Schools and the City of Edmonton have recognized October 2 as Custodial Appreciation Day says Luellman. I cant think of a better day to kick off our election campaign.

October 18 is civic Election Day when Edmontonians elected school boards trustees for both Edmonton Public and Edmonton Catholic Schools.

At the Press conference the Union will announce its choices for Edmonton Public School Trustees based on an extensive interview process.

CUPE Local 474 represents over 800 custodial workers with Edmonton Public Schools.


For further information contact Doug Luellman, President CUPE Local 474 Ph 447-5858 Fax 447-4999 Cell 446-5688 Email cupe474@telusplanet.net