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Winnipeg - More than 200 CUPE members who work for the Transcona-Springfield School Division last night voted to accept a new four-year deal with a ten per cent pay increase.

Our members voted for this contract because the wage increases and salary adjustments put us on par with other city groups, CUPE 3465 President John Friesen said. These adjustments were needed as the School Division was having a problem with staff turnover.

As well as the ten per cent wage increase, head custodians and library clerks will receive additional hourly increase adjustments.

The four-year agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2000. The CUPE members are employed by Transcona-Springfield School Division as custodians, maintenance workers, library clerks and para-professionals (teaching assistants).

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union representing more than 485,000 women and men across the country. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 23,000 members in health care, education, municipalities, social services, utilities, libraries and emergency services.

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For more information, please contact:
John Friesen, President, CUPE Local 3465
Phone: (204) 224-1879
Stephen Edwards, CUPE representative
Phone: (204) 942-0343

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