School board workers ratify mediated contract settlement

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TRURO – A settlement has been ratified between the local school board and more than 400 of its employees.

CUPE issued a press release on Monday saying a settlement had been ratified in contract talks between Local 3890 members – including bus drivers, custodians and tradespeople – and the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

CUPE national representative Betty Jean Sutherland said the employees ratified the deal by 88 per cent in a vote last week.

“Local 3890 and the board, with the assistance of mediator Bruce Outhouse, have agreed to language on the single outstanding issue, which was contracting out,” she said in the release.

“It’s also worth noting that this settlement was freely negotiated by both parties, with no threat of legislation hanging over our heads. This is the way collective bargaining is supposed to happen, without interference from a provincial government that seems intent on tilting the balance in favour of employers.”

Local 3890 president Ron Davis said he was pleased with the outcome of the mediation.

“I’d like to thank Local 3890 members for their strong support and patience as we worked to resolve the thorny issue of contracting out,” he said in the release.

 

Organizations: CUPE, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: Chignecto

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