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CUPE Local votes almost unanimously in favour of strike

KAWARTHA LAKES-It was an almost unanimous vote in favour of strike action by the 855 members of CUPE Local 997 representing EA’s, office, clerical and custodial staff at Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

Office Clerical, Technical and Educational Assistants staff voted 97.4% in favour of a strike mandate and Custodial Maintenance , 98.8% in favour of a strike at a vote held on September 7th.

Read more here: https://www.kawartha411.ca/2019/09/07/educational-staff-with-trillium-lakelands-district-school-board-hold-strike-vote-today/

On Monday CUPE and OSBCU tallied the final results of the strike votes that were taken across 109 bargaining in 68 locals representing 55,000 people.

CUPE education workers across the province voted by a 93 percent majority for job action according to CUPE. The results of the votes put members in a legal strike position as of September 30.

CUPE members also turned out in record numbers to deliver this stinging rebuke to the Ford government: we will not accept cuts that hurt the services we deliver to Ontario students.

A press release from Cupe states:

“CUPE local leaders, locals’ strike committees and CUPE national staff have worked hard to get locals’ strike blueprints in place. Remember, our plan for job action is about standing up for students and protecting the services that CUPE education workers deliver across the province.”

The central bargaining team will meet this week with the Council of Trustees’ Associations, the province and the mediator on September 17 and 18th and reps say they will do everything they can to avoid a labour disruption but will not back down.

The union and local school board have meeting dates in October to discuss local issues.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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