YORK, ON, Oct. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of local 1571 of the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have ratified a new collective agreement with
the York Catholic District School Board. On October 19, members of local 1571
voted 88.6 per cent in favour of the proposed settlement, which was then
ratified by the School Board.
Among all CUPE school board bargaining units, local 1571 is the first
group of custodial and maintenance workers to reach a settlement that includes
the terms of the Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) agreement. The PDT
agreement was reached last May between CUPE and representatives of the
publically funded school boards, with the help of facilitators from the
Ministry of Education.
Andy Orfanakos, president of local 1571 indicated, members were glad with
the outcome of bargaining. "This new collective agreement will insure our
members a 3% wage increase per year for the next four years," said
Mr. Orfanakos. "We are also able to achieve some significant improvements with
regards to benefits and baseline staffing."
Local 1571 also had another target in mind for this round of bargaining.
"I think one of our biggest achievements this time was to convince the
management team to bring back in our bargaining unit four maintenance
positions that were previously contracted out," said Mr. Orfanakos. "We were
also able to from a joint Committee that will review the use of outside
CUPE local 1571 represents more than 550 custodial and maintenance
workers with the York Catholic District School Board.
For further information:
For further information: Andy Orfanakos, President, CUPE Local 1571,
(416) 885-9137; Luc Tittley, CUPE Communications, (416) 910-2389