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(Kitchener) The union representing some 540 school board workers with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) says contract talks this week resulted in some progress, but much more bargaining needs to be done.
CUPE Local 2512 which represents Educational Assistants, Secretaries, AV Technicians, Library Technicians, Youth Care Workers and other clerical and support staff throughout the board is trying to negotiate a new contract with the Catholic board.
There are several outstanding issues in the dispute, including:

  • Hours of work and workload
  • A decent wage increase
  • Changes to a 30-year-old staffing formula

The school board workers with the Catholic board voted 90% in favour of strike action back in January.
Further talks with a Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator will take place March 28. CUPE says it hopes further progress can be made at that time and a disruption in service can be avoided.

For information:
Duncan Haslam, CUPE National Rep.
(519) 743-7781 (o)
Susanne Watkins, President, CUPE Local 2512
(519) 896-9990 (h)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(416) 292-3999 (o)