Media Advisory: Frontline Education Workers Mobilize Ahead of Hastings and Prince Edward School Board Budget Meeting

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BELLEVILLE, Ontario — Frontline education workers and concerned community members will gather outside the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) meeting on Monday night, calling on administrators to pass a budget without cuts.


Rally to stop school cuts at school board budget meeting.


100 education workers and community members.


Monday, June 20, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.


Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Office

156 Ann Street, Belleville, ON K8N 3L3.

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Laura Walton, an HPEDSB education assistant who is president of the 55,000-strong Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), will speak at the rally.

Despite rising enrollment and this school board’s own projection that funding will increase for the 2022-23 school year starting in September, administrators announced plans to cut 11 frontline education workers, including janitors, cleaners and secretaries.

“There is an increase in all major government grants that fund frontline education worker positions here,” said Jo-Anne White, president of CUPE Local 1022. “We have done our part, now is the time for the administrators to do theirs. . Trustees must reject any proposals to cut their budget tonight.

“The lowest-paid education workers are on the chopping block and they shouldn’t be,” Walton said. “These are people who have worked on the front lines throughout the pandemic, they are the backbone of schools in every community. Nobody voted for more cuts and it’s time for the administrators of Hastings and Prince Edward to pass a budget without cuts.

The Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) brings together 55,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) who work in the public, Catholic, English and French school systems of Canada’s largest province. Members of the OSBCU are teacher assistants, school library workers, administrative assistants, custodians and trades people, early childhood educators, child and youth workers, instructors, nutrition service workers, audio-visual technologists, school safety supervisors and social workers.

CUPE Local 1022 represents 700 janitors, school secretaries, computer technicians and technologists, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, heating, ventilation and air conditioning workers, student monitors, teaching assistants, educators early childhood educators, communication disorder assistants. , library technicians and education center staff.


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Ken Marciniec
CUPE Communications
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416-803-6066 (cell)


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