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Educational Assistants and clerical staff at the Fort McMurray Catholic School District in Alberta have voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts announced today that the group of employees voted by a 67 per cent margin to leave their staff association and become part of CUPE. About 230 employees are affected by the vote.

I’m pleased these employees have decided they will have better protection and a stronger voice within Canada’s largest union,” said Roberts.

The employees join custodial staff in the district as part of CUPE Local 2559. 

With over 7,400 members in the K-12 sector – CUPE represents more school board support staff than any other union.

By joining CUPE, these employees join a network of K-12 workers from coast to coast,” said Roberts. “They will have the benefit of experience, resources, and professional assistance that only CUPE can provide.”