Media advisory - Thirty busloads of striking school board workers descend on Queen's Park budget day

    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Thirty busloads of striking school
support workers from Durham Region will descend on Queen's Park this Thursday
to highlight the fact that the McGuinty government is continuing to underfund
school operations and fuel province-wide labour unrest.
    "Despite our repeated attempts, Premier McGuinty and Education Minister
Kathleen Wynne are ignoring the fact that school support workers have
continued to be underfunded and overworked to the detriment of students and
the health and safety of our schools," says CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan.
"These funding flaws will continue to fuel problems at school board bargaining
tables across the province until the McGuinty Government fixes the faulty
funding formula."
    Twenty-one hundred members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Local 218 at Durham Public School Board went on strike on Wednesday, March
21st. They include Educational Assistants (EAs), office, clerical and
technical staff, and custodial and maintenance workers.

    At this event:

                       Date:  Thursday, March 22, 2007
                       Time:  11:30 a.m.
                       Location: Queen's Park lawns

    Spokespeople will highlight the fact that:

    - Under the provincial government's General Legislative Grants (GLGs) for
      school boards released this past Monday, funding for school
      operations - as a percentage of overall funding-will decline to 9.36%
      in 2007-08 from 9.7% in 2005-06.
    - While every school board got 3% more for wages in the GLGs, the Durham
      School Board is refusing to pass along this wage increase to its
      support staff.
    - The current underfunding of school operations, like cleaning and
      repairs, could be fixed by an influx of $375 million a year for all
      school boards.

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Don Bryans, President, CUPE 218, (905) 571-7879; Sid Ryan,
President, CUPE Ontario, (416) 209-0066

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