In an unprecedented show of solidarity, members of CUPE 4875 have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action, with a 91 percent majority and voter turnout exceeding 70 percent.

“The resounding mandate from the workforce sends an unequivocal message to the employer: the time for fair treatment and equitable conditions has come,” said Judy Henley, president of CUPE Saskatchewan. “Workers at North East School Division deserve to make as much as workers in neighbouring school divisions and earn wages that keep up with the skyrocketing cost of living.”

As negotiations continue, CUPE 4875 remains committed to their fight for a fair deal, fair wages, improved working conditions, and the recognition of the essential role their members play in the success of the school division.

“We are united, and we are ready to fight for a fair deal. The overwhelming support for job action shows our collective strength and determination in these negotiations. We call on the employer to get back to meaningful negotiations, address our concerns and prioritize the well-being of these workers that keep our school division running, said Debbie Dufault, president of CUPE 4875.

CUPE 4875 has been working with the mediator since May 2023 and remains committed to resolving outstanding issues through dialogue and constructive negotiations. The union urges the employer to recognize the overwhelming mandate from its members and work collaboratively towards a fair deal that works for everyone.

CUPE 4875 represents more than 300 education support workers in the North East School Division.