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LINDSAY, Ont. – Trillium Lakelands District School Board workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will ask board members to end their practice of contracting out custodial services in some of its schools. CUPE will present the advantages of bringing contracted cleaning in-house, on Tuesday, November 22nd, at 6:00 pm, at the board’s monthly meeting.

We are asking board members to take a leadership role and end the board’s practice of two-tier employment,” said Lynn Raback, president of CUPE 997. “Contracting out public services reduces accountability, leads to more privatization and hurts workers in our communities.”

  • Who? Lynn Raback, President, CUPE 997
    Herb Pounder, Custodial Chief Steward, CUPE 997
  • What? Presentation to the Trillium Lakelands District School Board
  • Where? Trillium Lakelands District School Board Corporate Office
    300 County Road 36, Lindsay, Ontario
  • When? Tuesday, November 22nd, at 6:00 pm

Note: CUPE’s presentation will be made available to media after the 6:00 pm in-camera session.

CUPE Local 997 represents over 750 custodial, maintenance, office, clerical, technical staff and educational assistants in 48 schools, 6 Adult Education Centres and Board Office facilities. The Trillium Lakelands District School Board contracts out custodial services in six schools, located in the City of Kawartha Lakes. CUPE wants the board to contract in the work so workers can enjoy the full benefits offered to CUPE members working at the other public schools.

Workers at the schools where custodial services are contracted out receive lower pay than workers who perform the same duties in other schools,” said Raback. “Contracting in cleaning services will end this discrimination, and show that this board respects workers and our community.”

For further information, please contact:

Lynn Raback, CUPE 997 President, 705-286-1156

Derek Blackadder, CUPE National Representative, 705-743-0600

James Chai, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999