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Montra006c, Thursday, November 14, 2002 -As a direct consequence of decentralizating services to the schools, over the past two years, the school secretaries’ workload has been significantly increased. The new responsibilities assigned to school secretaries have been recognized by the Government; however, the Treasury Board has turned a deaf ear and the secretaries are still waiting for the salary adjustments that were supposed to accompany these “added tasks”. As time goes by, they have the growing impression that their employer is trying to cheat them.

Luc Chabot, union representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-FTQ) explained that, “the Government has changed its job classification plan to take the school secretaries’ new situation into account, but so far, in spite of our representations, the Treasury Board remains silent.”

Mr. Chabot also pointed out that this problem not only affects the school secretaries represented by CUPE, but also those represented by other union organizations. He added that, “in CUPE’s opinion, this problem is a veritable time bomb, which is why, over the next few days, we are going to call the school secretaries together to bring them up to date on this issue.”

CUPE represents some 15,000 members in the education sector in Qub0065c. It represents school secretaries in nine school boards. In addition to this sector, CUPE is active in 10 other sectors including health and social services, the municipalities, urban and air transportation, government corporations and public organizations in Qub0065c, hydroelectricity and communications. With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, it is the largest FTQ affiliate

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