Catholic Board and Educational Support Staff Reach Tentative Deal

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A tentative agreement has been reached between the local Catholic school board and educational support staff.

The 450 members of CUPE 1358 includes Educational Assistants, Designated Early Childhood Educators, and professional/para-professionals like Child and Youth Workers, psychologists and Speech and Language Pathologists.

“We're very pleased to have reached this tentative agreement with the board,” said Darlene Sawchuk, President of CUPE Local 1358. “It was a challenging round of bargaining, but we were able to find common ground. I look forward to presenting this agreement to our membership.”

Terms of the agreement will not be released until the deal is ratified by the workers and the school's board of trustees.

“We believe this is a fair agreement for the board and for our employees,” said Terry Lyons, Director of Education. “It acknowledges the value of the contributions that these employees make in the lives of our students and their families, but also recognizes the reality of our present financial circumstances.”

Ratification dates are still to be determined by both parties.