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WINNIPEG – Unionized support workers in the Sunrise School Division will vote on a tentative collective agreement tomorrow. They have suspended picketing at the schools in the Division.

The members of CUPE Local 1618 who provide custodial, maintenance, bus driving and teaching assistance for the Division have been on strike for a week. The secretarial, library and computer technology personnel in CUPE Local 4456 went on strike last Friday.

“Last night we were able to reach a tentative agreement with the Division, which is being recommended to the members,” said Jackie Hampshire, President of Local 1618.

“I think we have a fair and reasonable agreement but it’s up to the members to decide now,” says Charmaine Hrysio, Local 4456 President. “We were able to address the outstanding matters of wage discrepancies and the pension plan.”

Union representatives, School Division negotiators and a government appointed mediator, Michael Werier, started negotiations last Friday. “We were ready for a long strike, but with the help of the Government and the mediator we were able to resolve the main issues,” Hampshire added.

The ratification vote for both CUPE Locals will take place Thursday, April 17th. If the agreement is accepted, the workers will be back at their jobs on Monday.

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For information, contact:
Steve Edwards, CUPE Representative –
Phone: 942-0343, ext. 212
Peter Tartsch, CUPE Representative –
Phone: 942-0343, ext. 215