Durham Public School Board workers win more time with students - strike ends

    OSHAWA, ON, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - School board workers at the Durham
District School Board are heading back to work Tuesday, following a
ratification vote today that approved a tentative agreement reached over the
weekend, between the board and Local 218 of the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE).
    "We are very pleased that an agreement is in place to benefit our
members, students and the entire school community," said Don Bryans, president
of CUPE 218. "The contract includes more time for educational assistants
(EAs), and additional staffing and hours of work for office, clerical,
technical staff and maintenance and custodial workers, as well as wage and
benefit improvements."
    The new three-year contract includes an extra 15 minutes a day for EAs,
additional hours to help office, clerical and technical staff and new
full-time equivalent positions for maintenance and custodial workers. CUPE 218
represents 2,100 school board workers in 133 schools, serving over 70,000
students in the Durham region. The workers have been on strike since March 21
and have been working without a contract for over a year.
    "It's unfortunate that we needed a strike to make any progress on
workloads and staffing levels," said Bryans. "Our victory for more time with
students would not have been possible without the strong support of our
members, the Durham school community, parents and residents during our
    "The Ontario Liberal government needs to fix the funding formula and
invest in frontline school services to allow school boards to address these
issues without labour strife," said Bryans. "Our struggle for fair funding
will continue in the upcoming provincial election - our community must stand
together to make sure the provincial government is held accountable for the
flawed funding formula that negatively affects students, workers and our

For further information:

For further information: Don Bryans, President CUPE 218, (905) 439-2135;
Joanne Wilson, CUPE National Representative, (289) 404-0797; James Chai, CUPE
Communications, (416) 458-3983

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