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BRANTFORD, Ont. Grand Erie District School Boards office, clerical and technical workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), rejected their employers latest offer last night and will begin strike action starting tomorrow, Friday, April 8th, 2005.

We presented our offer to our members last night and they couldnt accept it, said Brenda Savoie, president of CUPE 5100. Our members felt that the latest offer did not do enough to protect their jobs.

Seniority and job protection rights are the main outstanding issue for the over 300 school board workers, who provide office, clerical and technical services in 85 schools in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk counties. The workers have been without a contract since
August 31st, 2004.

We encourage our employer to come back to the table with an offer that can settle the strike, said Savoie. Union representatives are scheduled to meet with the employer tomorrow evening.


For further information, please contact:

Brenda Savoie
President CUPE 5100

Bridget Pridham
CUPE National Representative

James Chai
CUPE Communications