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A two-week strike by custodial and maintenance workers with the Durham Catholic school board has ended after a new two-year contract was ratified August 26. The 170 workers, represented by CUPE 218, successfully staved off job cuts and also negotiated increases in wages and benefits.

“Our strike fought back an increase in workload that would have jeopardized the health and safety of Durham students,” says unit chair Lorraine Clarke.

“What the Durham Catholic board wanted to do would have resulted in job cuts, and our members were clear: this school board was not going to impose Tory cuts in education funding on the backs of front line workers.”