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Board and union ratify contracts


For Immediate Release
November 26, 2008

GUELPH, Ontario — The Upper Grand District School Board has ratified tentative agreements reached recently with four of its bargaining groups: CUPE Local 256, Office Clerical and Technical (OCT), Educational Assistants and Special Program Assistants (EA/SPA), and Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP). Three of the unions have also ratified the contracts with the EA/SPA group holding its ratification vote on November 27.

The three contracts ratified by the board and its unions cover the period from September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012. They comply with the Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) agreements reached between the provincial unions and government earlier this year.

The settlements include salary increases of 3% in each of the four years of the contracts, with additional funding enhancements in the areas of professional development, benefits, and staffing over the life of the contracts. School boards and their unions across the province were required to reach local settlements by the government deadline of November 30th, 2008 in order to obtain the salary and funding enhancements.

Details of the EA/SPA agreement will not be released until the contract is ratified by the union.

Each of the agreements also includes locally negotiated issues pertaining to each of the bargaining groups.

For more information: Maggie McFadzen, Communications Officer, 519-822-4420, ext. 725, [email protected]

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