CUPE 4155 members ratify improved collective agreement - strike averted at Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'est ontarien

    L'ORIGNAL, ON, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - School board workers with the
Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'est ontarien, members of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4155), have ratified a new collective
agreement that includes wage and benefit improvements, and no concessions.
    "We are happy we were able to reach an agreement without a strike or
lockout," said Joanne Harvey, CUPE national representative. "Our members can
now concentrate on what they do best - preparing the schools and getting ready
to welcome students as classes resume in September."
    The new four-year collective agreement includes wage increases of 4, 3.5,
3.5 and 3 per cent, a formula for custodial staffing, improved bumping rights
in the case of layoffs, improved benefits and benefits for part-time workers
assigned to temporary positions at a higher level. CUPE 4155 represents
219 full-time employees, 97 part-time and roughly 33 temporary and casual
employees who work in 50 elementary and secondary schools, and school board
buildings, as secretaries, clerks, custodial staff, monitors, discipline
monitor, printer, IT and library technicians.

    CUPE 4155 members work in schools in the following communities: East and
Southeast of Ottawa all the way to the Quebec border, including the towns and
municipalities of Rockland, Limoges, Embrun, Hammond, Wendover, Plantagenet,
Casselman, St Eugène, L'Orignal, St Pascal de Baylon, Hawkesbury, Vankleek
Hill, Alexandria, Curran, Moose Creek, Cornwall, Long Sault, Maxville, and
North Lancaster.

For further information:

For further information: Joanne Harvey, CUPE National Representative,
(613) 933-5515; Lise Lafleur, CUPE 4155 president, (613) 538-4827; Robert
Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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