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Strike Underway At Catholic School Board

Monday October 17th, 2016, 2:51pm

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Picket lines have been set up at catholic schools across Windsor-Essex as a strike by the boards 370  custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries, campus ministers, and information technology employees gets underway.

Striking employees, members of Unifor Local 2458 have been holding up cars from entering school property at several locations including the boards offices at Assumption High School.

“Wages have been frozen since 2012, which is when the last freely negotiated collective agreement expired, and the Board is also seeking to retroactively claw back prior gains,” said Deb Tveit, Assistant to the Unifor National President. “Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has called this an ‘unfortunate situation’ but it’s one of its own making as they refused to continue negotiations.”

The board says that schools will remain open and that all transportation services will continue to operate as scheduled.

They also warn that if you take your child to school, you will most likely encounter picket lines and may experience delays. “We would like to encourage everyone to be respectful and to maintain their composure as we work towards resolution,” the board said in a letter to parents.

Extracurricular activities may continue at the discretion of the Principal, however community use of schools will be suspended.

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