BIGGAR: The union representing support workers in the Biggar Public School Division achieved a tentative agreement today that may bring an end to a six and a half month strike.
The union bargaining committee will be recommending ratification of the tentative agreement to the membership, said Marian Kimber, President of CUPE Local 2128.
Kimber said the support workers will keep their picket lines up pending the ratification vote scheduled to take place Wednesday, August 21. Results of the vote and details of the settlement will be released the morning of Thursday, August 22.
The Biggar Public School Division is to ratify the tentative agreement today.
After several months with no contract talks, bargaining between CUPE Local 2128 and the Division Board resumed on August 12 with the help of mediator Doug Forseth from the Department of Labour.
The 46 caretakers, secretaries, teaching and library assistants began their strike on February 4.
The school employees work in the communities of Biggar, Cando, Sonningdale, Landis and two Hutterite colonies.
For further information call Penny McCallum or Bea Devenny at the CUPE Strike Headquarters in Biggar at 948-3860.