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Union appeals to community to avert strike at Livingstone Range

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA – The union representing 100 non-teaching staff at the Livingstone Range School Division is calling upon parents to call school trustees and implore them to avert a strike in September.

We have two months to change the minds of the trustees,” said D’Arcy Lanovaz, Alberta President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. “A strike will disrupt students, and will divide our communities.”

Lanovaz said trustees are trying to avoid scrutiny by claiming to have no power over negotiations. Lanovaz says trustees have all the authority they need.

Trustees can stop a strike. They can direct their highly paid, Edmonton-based negotiator to change positions on contracting out and casual employees.”

If they did that, we could get a deal in a day.”

Lanovaz said that trustees should be more concerned about their communities. “They live in these communities too – they should be more sympathetic to the employees who just want to work hard and be treated decently.”

Parents are encouraged to call the following trustees:


  • Jim Burdett (Fort Macleod)
  • Gini Decoux-Fillipuzzi (Crowsnest Pass)
  • Kelly Hall (Nanton)
  • Ken Murray (Pincher Creek)
  • Howard Paulsen (Stavely)
  • Dick Peterson (Crowsnest Pass)
  • Martha Ratcliffe (Fort Macleod)



D’Arcy Lanovaz
President, CUPE Alberta

Lou Arab
Communications Representative

For more information about CUPE Alberta, visit www.alberta.cupe.ca