UPDATED: Back To Work At Catholic Schools

Saturday November 19th, 2016

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The strike is over for 370 Unifor members in two bargaining units at the Catholic School Board consisting of office, clerical workers and technicians, and custodians and maintenance staff.

The new agreement was ratified by 99% by the office, clerical and technician unit and 94% by the custodial and maintenance unit.

The contract contains wage increases of 1.5% in 2016, 2017 and 2018, along with a lump sum payment upon ratification to match wages given to other public sector school boards between 2014 and 2016.

The agreement will also reinstate and offer retiree benefits to seniority members and previously retired members, those not eligible for retiree benefits will receive cash payments ranging from $1,000 to $35,000 based on years of service. Additionally, the union has secured language to guarantee that no lay-offs will occur over the life of the contract which expires on August 31st, 2019.

“Our members are pleased to be returning on Monday to resume frontline work to aid students and provide a safe and healthy school environment,” said Unifor Local 2458 President Bruce Dickie.

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