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Toronto Thousands of CUPE 4400 members attended a ratification vote this evening and approved a recommendation for settlement to end their labour dispute with the Toronto District School Board.

I want to thank the members for their tenacity, throughout the strike and during this weeks negotiations, said CUPE 4400 President John Weatherup. Thanks to your support we negotiated the best deal possible under the circumstances.

The deal was reached in time to avoid arbitration under the Conservative Governments Bill 13, draconian Back-to-Work legislation that would have forced a contract written by a government-appointed arbitrator.

Under the deal, CUPE 4400 members will receive a 5.7% wage increase over two years, with a wage re-opener for the third year of the three-year contract. Highlights of the recommended settlement are attached to this release.

We maintained the protection against contracting out we won in 1999, added Weatherup.

The governments draconian legislation was a gun to our head, but we managed to reach a local solution with the help of Mediator Mort Mitchnick, and thanks to the solid support of our members, said Weatherup.

Every CUPE 4400 member should be very proud of the way we stood up to this employer, concluded Weatherup. We are stronger and more united than ever. Together we can fight this provincial government to make them restore the funding theyve cut from education in this province.


For further information, please contact:
Maggie Davidson, CUPE 4400
John Weatherup, President CUPE 4400