Support staff at Good Spirit School Division in Saskatchewan ratify new deal

Includes wage increases, signing bonuses: CUPE
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 07/10/2018
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Bargaining began in November 2017 under the provincial government’s attempted 3.5 per cent public sector wage mandate drop, according to CUPE. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 4784 — representing 270 education-support staff in Good Spirit School Division in Saskatchewan — voted to ratify a new three-year contract on June 27.

“School divisions across Saskatchewan have been put in a tough spot because of the lack of increased provincial education funding despite increased enrollment. Nonetheless, we were able to negotiate a reasonable agreement that includes wage increases for our members. We’re pleased with that,” said Karla Sastaunik, CUPE local president.

The agreement includes a signing bonus of maximum $360 dollars or $30 per month for workers who have worked 75 per cent of the available hours for 2017 and 2018, a 1.5 per cent wage increase for 2018 and 2019 and a 1.75 per cent increase for 2019 and 2020, said the union.

CUPE also achieved parity with the GSTA (Good Spirit Teachers Association) LINC agreement for extracurricular and noon-hour supervision, said the union.

Bargaining began in November 2017 under the provincial government’s attempted 3.5 per cent public sector wage mandate drop, according to CUPE.

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