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REGINA: The Saskatchewan division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees is organizing picket line support for striking education workers in the Biggar Public School Division today.

The 46 school support workers, members of CUPE Local 2128, have been on strike since February 4. They work as teaching and library assistants, secretaries and caretakers in the communities of Biggar, Cando, Sonningdale, Handel, Landis and three Hutterite colonies.

Its high time that the Biggar Public School Division Board withdrew their takeaways and attacks on seniority and started bargaining in good faith, said Frank Mentes, a Regina education worker and vice-president of CUPE Saskatchewan.

Mentes also called on the Division Board to stop using scabs to clean schools and work with students.

These CUPE members are fighting to protect fundamental trade union rights and were going to do everything we can to support them in their struggle, said Mentes, who added that many CUPE locals across the province are making long-term financial commitments to Local 2128s strike fund.

CUPE represents over 23,000 employees in Saskatchewan who work in health care facilities, municipalities, universities, school boards, libraries and community-based organizations.

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For more information contact Frank Mentes at 533-7737