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Trillium Lakelands District School Board workers have asked board members to end their practice of contracting out custodial services in some schools.

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

CUPE Local 997 represents more than 750 custodial, maintenance, office, clerical, technical staff, and educational assistants in 48 schools, six adult education centres, and the board office facilities.

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board contracts out custodial services in six schools 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,” Raback said. “Contracting in cleaning services will end this discrimination, and show that this board respects workers and our community.”