School board's offer rejected, union to strike tomorrow

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Strike is a go for 450 members of CUPE Local 3890. 54 per cent voted to reject school board's offer. Striking will take place en masse at 8 a.m. Monday on Lorne Street in Truro.

Strike is a go for 450 members of CUPE Local 3890. 54 per cent voted to reject school board's offer. Striking will take place en masse at 8 a.m. Monday on Lorne Street in Truro.

Members of CUPE – bus drivers, tradespeople and custodians – have voted to reject the school board’s last offer. As a result, CUPE members will begin a strike action tomorrow, Monday, January 27.

“I am saddened to say that CUPE has rejected our last offer. That means that 450 of our employees will be on the street tomorrow, instead of in our schools and offices and driving our buses,” said Trudy Thompson, CCRSB Board Chair. “Our contingency plan has now been activated.”

As a result of the impending strike, the following changes are being put in place across the school board:

All busing within the school board will stop, all building maintenance will be performed on an emergency basis only, schools will be open only 60 minutes ahead of the start of the school day and only 60 minutes after the final bell.

All extracurricular activities are cancelled.

Schools and offices will no longer be available for use for non-school groups after hours.

The strike coincides with the start of exams for high school students across the board. Exams will go ahead as normal. Any questions about exam schedules may be directed to the respective high school principals. 

“We asked CUPE, out of respect for our high school students, to hold their strike until the end of exam week. These exam results will have a bearing for many Grade 12 students on post-secondary applications, scholarships and bursaries,” said Thompson. “CUPE denied that request.”

Cleaning services within schools will be restricted to night and weekend work. CCRSB managers and non-union staff will fulfill these duties; this will be reassessed depending on how long the strike lasts.

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Organizations: CUPE, CCRSB Board Chair

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