Wages, proposed change to service recognition main issues: CUPE
After three days of voting in more than 15 communities, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 5512 members who work for the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, Sask. voted by an 89 per cent to reject the employer’s final offer on Sept. 9.
“This is a clear message that our members are standing united to demand a fair deal,” says Dave Stevenson, CUPE national representative. “The current offer on the table is inadequate, and we hope that the Prairie South School Division is listening.”
Earlier this year members of Local 5512 voted 95.7 per cent in favour of moving forward with job action, up to and including a full withdrawal of services. The local is not currently in a legal strike position and both parties have agreed to keep working with the provincially appointed mediator, says the union.
The main issues are wages and the employer’s proposed change to the long service recognition benefit, says CUPE.
The union represents about 422 members who work for the Prairie South School Division #210. Support workers include bus drivers, facility operators, head facility operators, maintenance workers, education assistants, administrative assistants, library assistants, library technicians and tradespeople.