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WINNIPEG Members of CUPE Local 1112 ratified a collective agreement last night that has kept all the benefits the members had, plus added new ones.

Wages for the members will increase 3% each year during the three-year contract.

CUPE represents 215 workers who are teaching assistants, computer laboratory and science laboratory assistants, and library technicians.

The Union wanted to look into the future and set up ways we could meet the needs of the members and the Division. We were not focused on wages alone. There were other issues that were important to us, said Edna Johnson, Chair of the CUPE Bargaining Committee.

Collective bargaining between Pembina Trails School Division and CUPE support workers broke down in October and government conciliation was necessary.

According to Steve Edwards, CUPE Representative, We were up against a stone wall with the Employer. The Trustees were not willing to look at the issues we thought were important. Conciliation broke through finally.

Issues that the Union wanted to negotiate included: working the full school year, changes to the pension plan, professional development time, harmonizing vacations, wages for computer lab assistants, and a new LTD and dental plan.

For information, contact: Edna Johnson, Chair, CUPE Local 1112 Bargaining Cttee at 275-8959
Steve Edwards, CUPE National Representative at 942-0343, ext. 212
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications at 223-6805