CUPE Offers Solidarity to Striking Support Staff Workers

    CALGARY, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE Local 40 pledged support and
solidarity today to the striking members of Calgary Board of Education Support
Staff, who have been on rotating strikes for much of the month. The Board of
Education, which has recently increased its supervision budget, evidently does
not have the funds to offer a fair deal to front-line workers.
    "As a parent of school aged children, the priorities of the Board are
worrisome", said CUPE Local 40 President Bob Anderson. "I think all parents
should be concerned about the impact of the decision to give greater
importance to administration than to staff working with students."
    Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach recently voted himself a thirty four per cent
pay increase, stating that if you want to secure quality people, they must be
reimbursed appropriately. It is unfortunate that this government does not feel
the same need to secure quality people to work with Alberta's students. In a
province as rich as Alberta, workers are being told there is no budget to meet
worker demands.
    "If this offer was on the table for our members," said CUPE Local
40 President Bob Anderson "We would reject it, without a doubt."
    "We are pleased to offer CUPE's support to these workers," said CUPE
Division President D'Arcy Lanovaz. "Families in the city of Calgary know how
difficult it is to keep up with the ever increasing costs of living in our
city. These striking members are facing that same challenge."
    CUPE will continue to offer its solidarity and support to Calgary Board
of Education Support Staff, and will monitor the developments of this conflict

For further information:

For further information: Bob Anderson, (cell) (403) 650-0795; D'Arcy
Lanovaz, (cell) (403) 861-5235; Audra Williams, (cell) (780) 504-2837; visit   regularly!

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