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STURGEON FALLS The Union representing custodial and maintenance workers at conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord, warns of labour strife if the Board doesnt stop contracting out CUPE work.

Our members work hard to keep schools clean and safe, says Monique Drapeau, National Representative of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). We cannot allow the Board to continue contracting out our work. At issue is a 16,834 square foot area in Franco-Cit 0072ented out to Collg0065 Bora006c in Sturgeon Falls. Instead of allowing current CUPE workers to clean the space, the Board has allowed Collg0065 Bora006c to hire their own sub-contractor to carry out the work.

The Collg0065 is already in the school, and our members provide excellent service, says Drapeau. Our members are the eyes and ears for safety in the school. We shouldnt allow contracting out to bring a constantly changing list of strangers into our schools.

This sets a dangerous precedent, says Drapeau. Contracting out is demoralizing and detrimental to working relations not to mention the number of outside workers coming into our schools. If we start having different groups using the school space and getting outside people to clean up, our members work will diminish, and there will be no control over what chemicals and cleaning products are brought into our childrens learning environment.

CUPE will be asking local residents to contact their local trustees to ask them to put a stop to contracting out and privatization in our schools.


For further information, please contact:
Monique Drapeau, CUPE National Representative - 705-474-9765
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications Representative - 416-292-3999