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(Ottawa) A strike has been averted at the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board as the union representing 600 clerical, technical and special education support workers, voted 67% to ratify a settlement last night, says Bev Smale, Representative for Local 2357 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

“The deal includes wage harmonization – one of our most critical issues – and a wage increase of 1% and 1.5% in 2000 and 2001,” says Smale. “Increased recognition for casual employees and protection against contracting-out were also achieved.”

A strike would have affected 77 schools throughout the Ottawa-Carleton area.

For further information, please contact:
Bev Smale, CUPE National Rep.
(613) 237-0115
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications
(416) 292-3999

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