Education support workers at Regina Public Schools file for impasse
Talks between the Regina Public School Board and CUPE 3766 have broken down, and the local has filed for an impasse.
The local has been bargaining for over two years. Progress at the bargaining table has stalled, despite a strong 95 percent strike mandate from the local.
“We presented a fair deal to our employer that reflected our beliefs. It is disappointing that our employer continues to refuse to remove their bargaining concessions,” said Jackie Christianson, president of CUPE 3766. “It is our hope that a meeting with the mediator will happen, and we will be able to reach a fair deal with our bargaining efforts.”
Bargaining has been challenging across the K-12 school system due to drastic cuts from the provincial government, but the Regina Public School Board is the only division pushing harmful concessions.
“We continue to hold strong to our belief that no worker is worth a zero increase. We are not worth less than other CUPE education support workers in Saskatchewan and we are not worth less than our employers,” said Christianson. “Our schools work because we do. It is time that the Regina Public School Board recognizes this at the bargaining table.”
CUPE 3766 represents over 600 education support workers at Regina Public Schools, including education assistants, administrative assistants, nutrition coordinators, food service assistants, interpreters, teacher associates, and library assistants.
Source: CUPE National