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BROCKVILLE, Ont. – Negotiators for Local 5678 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing 1,400 workers in Eastern Ontario public elementary and secondary schools, have reached a tentative agreement in mediation talks with the Upper Canada District Board.


“This was a difficult round of negotiations, and our members have been waiting a long time for this,” said Susan Hanson, president of CUPE 5678. “I am glad the talks are behind us, and we will now present the tentative agreement to our members for a ratification vote.” Details of the agreement will not be released until after it has been presented to CUPE members for a vote on September 9th.


CUPE represents 1,400 clerical, education assistants, instructional assistants, plant, custodial and maintenance, information technology, transportation, library and support staff in schools across a vast area of Eastern Ontario, including the communities of Akwesasne, Alexandria, Alfred, Almonte, Athens, Augusta, Avonmore, Brockville, Carleton Place, Casselman, Champlain, Chesterville, Clarence, Cornwall, Drummond, Dundas, Elgin, Elmsley, Gananoque, Glengarry, Grenville, Hawkesbury, Ingleside, Kemptville, Lanark, Leeds, Grenville, Merrickville, Mississippi Mills, Montague, Perth, Prescott, Rideau Lakes, Rockland, Russell, Smiths Falls, Stormont, Tay Valley, Thousand Islands, Vankleek, Westport and Williamston.




For further information, please contact:


Susan Hanson CUPE 5678 President


Joanne Harvey
CUPE National Representative


Robert Lamoureux
CUPE Communications