REGINA: CUPE 650, 3766, and 4643 members have reached a 32-month contract agreement with the Regina Public School Board. The last ratification vote was held on June 14 with members in all three locals voting to ratify the agreement. Regina Public School Board members ratified the agreement June 19.
“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement, but hope that next time, the Board will treat education support workers with the same respect they give to other workers in the school division,” says Pete Prosofsky, president of CUPE 650.
Prosofsky is referring to the lower percentage increase the Board offered education support workers compared to other Regina education workers.
Although the three locals were able to achieve the 8.63 per cent increase, some of the increase was gained through non-economic means, like reduced hours of work.
The contract includes a six per cent increase over three years, reduced hours of work, and a signing bonus. All three locals saw some improvements to language. The contract will be in effect until August 31, 2013.
“Our members were not treated with the same respect as other workers,” says Jackie Christianson, president of CUPE 3766. “We provide valuable services and care about the children in Regina’s public school system. We’re an important part of the education system and I hope the Board recognizes that.”
Education support workers represented by CUPE Locals 4643, 3766 and 650 include education and resource and administrative assistants, maintenance and trades, payroll and accounting officers.
For more information, please contact:
President CUPE 3766
CUPE National Representative