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In a massive exercise in number crunching, public and private school boards across the province rushed to pass balanced budgets to meet the Provincial Government’s end of June deadline for filing.

A detailed analysis of reports to date from 45 boards, to be presented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, indicates that 60 per cent of school boards will cut jobs across the province, including Educational Assistants, secretarial and custodial/maintenance positions.

Our numbers show that the Liberals’ failure to fix the faulty funding formula is creating another year of education crises as boards cut jobs and deal with shortfalls in the hundreds of millions of dollars with runs on reserve funds and deferral of cuts until after the upcoming provincial election,” says CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan.

At this media conference:

Date:  Thursday, July 12, 2007
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Queen’s Park Media Gallery
  Room 148, 1st floor, west wing

Speakers will include:

· Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario
· Frank Ventresca, Chair, CUPE Ontario School Board Workers Coordinating Committee
· Executives of CUPE 4400, representing workers of the Toronto District School Board.

For more information, contact:

Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications  647-225-3685
Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario  416-209-0066