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Political strength leads to historic school board agreement
Following the tentative settlement that was reached two weeks ago between the CUPE PDT Bargaining Team and the School Boards of Ontario, with the assistance of representatives of the Ministry of Education, a leadership meeting was held in Toronto on Monday June 9th. More than 300 CUPE Ontario school board workers attended the special meeting, which was a decisive phase of the Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) process for CUPE.

After a full day analyzing the document and debating the issues involved in the central bargaining process, members came to a final vote. Without any exception, every local fully endorsed the tentative settlement, committing to bring back the document to their own members in order to get it ratified at the local level along with the results of local bargaining.  

“This process is clearly history in the making for the school board sector,” CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan told meeting participants. “This PDT represents some very significant gains under very difficult economic conditions, particularly compared to other unions in the sector. For that we need to thank the reference group, the bargaining committee and locals for putting their trust in CUPE and in this process.”

The agreement is the culmination of years of political bargaining by CUPE Ontario, locals and their members to address key issues affecting school support workers arising from the faulty funding formula introduced in the 1990s.  {for full report see Newsletter #11}

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