Contracting out a ‘key issue’ for school board workers

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO – Conciliation talks are scheduled for Wednesday between the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board and the union representing more than 400 board workers.

“We have been requesting the assistance of the Department of Labour after reaching an impasse on the issue of contracting out and how it affects job security for members of the Local 3860,” said Betty Jean Sutherland, a national representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE.

The talks represent workers employed as bus drivers, custodians and tradespeople within the board.

CUPE considers contracting out a “key issue” in this round of talks, president Ron Davis said.

“While a negotiated settlement is always the preferred option in a labour dispute, our members have said that threat of contracting out must be addressed,” he said.

Organizations: Department of Labour, Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE

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