EDMONTON, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - "The Edmonton Catholic School Board is
trying to solve its lack of funding on the backs of low paid, mostly
women support workers. That is wrong and it won't resolve the problem,"
said the national president of the union representing striking school
board workers said today.
Dave Coles, President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers
Union of Canada, joined the more than 900 workers on strike against the
Edmonton Catholic School Board on the picket line praising their strong
show of solidarity. "It is important that you continue to maintain a
strong and unified voice," he said. "We cannot allow employers to
treat school workers so poorly, especially when you are on the front
lines of caring for our most valuable resource: Our children."
Members of CEP Local 52-A went on strike Sept. 10th after their employer refused to address the union's concerns about
wages in the second year of the contract, reduction of hours, and other
"It is time to put a stop to the low wages, job erosion and devaluing of
your contributions to the lives of the students," Coles said. "I am
calling on Premier Redford's government to help resolve this dispute by
ensuring that Board has adequate funding."
The more than 900 secretaries, librarians and assistants for students
with special needs have been without a contract since last fall. Local
52-A rejected the board's latest contract offer Monday night.
The union seeking a 1.5 per cent pay raise in the second year of the
contract. Instead the board offered a one-time payout.
"We join with concerned parents and others in the community who are
calling on the school board to get back to the bargaining table with a
decent offer so our members can continue to help provide the quality
education they have in the past," concluded Coles.
CEP is the largest union is several key sectors of the Canadian economy,
including forestry, energy, telecommunications and media.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles (613) 299-5628