After three days of voting in over 15 communities, CUPE 5512 members who work for the Prairie South School Division, SK, have voted overwhelmingly (89 per cent) to reject the employer’s final offer.
“This is a clear message that our members are standing united to demand a fair deal,” said Dave Stevenson, CUPE national representative. “The current offer on the table is inadequate, and we hope that the Prairie South School Division is listening.”
Earlier this year members of the local voted 95.7 per cent in favour of moving forward with job action, up to and including a full withdrawal of services. The local is not currently in a legal strike position, and both parties have agreed to keep working with the provincially appointed mediator.
The main issues are wages and the employer’s proposed change to the Long Service Recognition Benefit.
“The bargaining committee would like to thank the members for their continued support. We would also like to thank the school principals and the employer for working with us while the bargaining committee conducted the ratification votes last week,” said Stevenson. “We look forward to getting back to the bargaining table with the Prairie South School Division and reaching a fair deal for our members.”
CUPE 5512 represents approximately 422 members who work for the Prairie South School Division #210. Our support workers include bus drivers, facility operators, head facility operators, maintenance workers, education assistants, administrative assistants, library assistants, library technicians and tradespeople.
CUPE 5512 represents education support workers across the Prairie South School Division and has members at the following facilities:
- AE Peacock Collegiate
- Assiniboia 7th Avenue
- Assiniboia Composite High
- Assiniboia Elementary
- Avonlea, Bengough
- Caronport Elementary
- Central Butte
- Central Collegiate
- École Gravelbourg
- École Palliser Heights
- Kincaid Central
- King George
- Lafleche Central
- Moose Jaw maintenance building
- Prince Arthur
- Riverview Collegiate
- Sunningdale Transportation Department
- William Grayson.
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