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REGINAEducation workers from across the province are meeting in Regina from October 16 – 18 to discuss the effect changes in education has on student learning, review bargaining gains and talk about the education budget, LEAN, P3 schools and their impact on education.

WHO: Over 75 education workers are gathering for CUPE’s Education Workers’ Conference. CUPE represents 8,000 support workers in Pre-K – 12 education, including education assistants, facility operators, administrative assistants, clerical assistants, secretaries, school bus drivers, caretakers, maintenance workers, library assistants, nutrition coordinators, information technicians,  social workers, counsellors, community school coordinators, interpreters, speech and language assistants,  braillists and other school support workers.

WHY: This annual gathering is an important opportunity to discuss impacts of rapid changes in education and to strategize on what CUPE members can do.

WHEN: October 16 – 18, 2014

WHERE: Ramada Plaza, 1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Honourable Don Morgan, Minister of Education, Thursday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m.

  • Tom Graham, President CUPE Saskatchewan, Thursday, October 16 at 1:45 p.m.

  • Larry Hubich, President Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Thursday, October 16 2:00 p.m.

  • Trent Wotherspoon, NDP Education Critic, Friday, October 17 at 8:30 a.m.

In addition to the impact of education changes, conference participants will discuss occupational health and safety, working towards coordinated bargaining and Saskatchewan bargaining achievements.

“We see first-hand how changes affect students in Saskatchewan schools,” states Jackie Christianson, Chairperson of the CUPE SK Education Workers Steering Committee.  Christianson says that “implementing changes, such as the Education Funding Model, LEAN, P3 schools and the Saskatchewan Employment Act, will have a ripple effect and affect students’ ability to learn”.