The results from CUPE’s new violence in the workplace survey, called At the Breaking Point, shows that workers at Regina Public Schools are facing higher incidents of violence in the workplace in comparison to their provincial counterparts.
The CUPE 3766 executive requested a meeting on December 17, in closed session with the Regina Public School Board Trustees, to have discussions on the survey results and the root causes.
“It was our hope to be able to collaborate on preventative measures to keep workers safe in their schools,” said Jackie Christianson, President of CUPE 3766 and an education assistant working at a Regina public school. “I am saddened that they are not willing to meet with us on this issue.”
CUPE 3766 has obtained the results for the Regina Public School Division after the Education Workers’ Steering Committee released a new report highlighting the increasing levels of violence facing workers in the K-12 education sector. Over 50% of CUPE 3766 education support workers from Regina Public Schools participated in the confidential violence survey. The results were:
- Over 77% of workers experienced violence in their schools in the last three years.
- Of those workers, 52% experienced violent incidents daily, weekly, or monthly.
- Over 50% reported an increase of violence in the last three years.
- 70% responded that they were concerned about their own personal health and safety in their schools.
- Even though 66% of workers reported violent incidents to their school administrators, 30 percent reported there was no action taken on the report.
- 34% of workers did not report violent incidents.
“Our members working at Regina Public Schools are facing alarming levels of violence in our schools. Budget cuts, increased classrooms sizes, and more students with complex needs are leading to more violent incidents,” said Christianson. “It’s clear the ongoing exposure to this violence is taking its toll on our workers, both physically and mentally.
“Although 88% of the reported violence comes from students, we need to be very clear that we are not blaming them,” said Christianson. “The purpose of the discussion on the survey is to understand the root causes of the increased violence, offer preventative recommendations, and advocate for our members’ safety in our schools. Only then can we focus on every Regina public student reaching their full potential.”
CUPE 3766 represents over 600 support workers at Regina Public Schools.