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TORONTO – Trustees with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) have a responsibility to ensure students succeed. And school support workers are a key part of the school community that help ensure success, says Sid Ryan, the Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Ryan will stress the important role school support workers play in ensuring a quality education for students in his presentation to the Toronto catholic board — one of several GTA school boards facing a budget deficit — at their Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. meeting being held at the Catholic Education Centre, 80 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto.

The TCDSB is facing a $34.6 million budget deficit. Among the cuts being debated are $9 million to special education and $10.4 million from school operations and maintenance.

Quality education doesn’t just happen in the classroom. The custodian who keeps the school clean and safe, the secretary who parents rely on to monitor attendance, and the librarian who instills a love of books, are all part of providing a quality education.

That’s why the Toronto catholic board must tell the province that the education funding formula is flawed and that they will make no more budget cuts to custodial, education assistants, library technicians and school secretaries,” says Ryan.

CUPE represents over 3,000 TCDSB school support staff and 50,000 school support workers province-wide.


For more information, please contact:

Sid Ryan
President, CUPE Ontario
(416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774