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NORTH BAY, ON. – Members of Local 1165-6 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing three transportation technicians who plan and ensure bus routing and transportation services for the Near North District School Board, the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board, Le Conseil scolaire de district du Nord-Est de l’Ontario, and the Conseil scolaire Franco-Nord, returned to the picket line this morning after their employer, Student Transportation Services Nipissing Parry Sound, backed away from an agreement reached September 21st.

We had settled this and were ready to go back to work today,” said Michelle Loiselle, CUPE National Representative. “But when it came time to sign a letter of understanding that would allow both parties to discuss sick leave and gratuities during the life of the collective agreement, the employer changed the wording that was agreed to in yesterday’s talks and inserted wording that would force new employees to accept inferior conditions.”

The workers are employed by a transportation consortium, Student Transportation Services Nipissing Parry Sound, providing transportation services to all four area school boards.

For further information, please contact:

Michelle Loiselle
CUPE national representative
(705) 561-9076

Robert Lamoureux
CUPE communications
(416) 292-3999