L’ORIGNAL, Ont. – School board workers with the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’est ontarien, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4155), have ratified a new collective agreement that includes wage and benefit improvements, and no concessions.
“We are happy we were able to reach an agreement without a strike or lockout,” said Joanne Harvey, CUPE national representative. “Our members can now concentrate on what they do best – preparing the schools and getting ready to welcome students as classes resume in September.”
The new four-year collective agreement includes wage increases of 4, 3.5, 3.5 and 3 per cent, a formula for custodial staffing, improved bumping rights in the case of layoffs, improved benefits and benefits for part-time workers assigned to temporary positions at a higher level. CUPE 4155 represents 219 full-time employees, 97 part-time and roughly 33 temporary and casual employees who work in 50 elementary and secondary schools, and school board buildings, as secretaries, clerks, custodial staff, monitors, discipline monitor, printer, IT and library technicians.
CUPE 4155 members work in schools in the following communities: East and Southeast of Ottawa all the way to the Quebec border, including the towns and municipalities of Rockland, Limoges, Embrun, Hammond, Wendover, Plantagenet, Casselman, St Eugène, L’Orignal, St Pascal de Baylon, Hawkesbury, Vankleek Hill, Alexandria, Curran, Moose Creek, Cornwall, Long Sault, Maxville, and North Lancaster.
For further information, please contact:
Joanne Harvey, CUPE National Representative: 613-933-5515
Lise Lafleur, CUPE 4155 president: 613-538-4827
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications: 416-292-3999