School board workers join CUPE

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says casual employees at the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board delivered a strong “Yes” vote Friday, becoming the newest members of the largest union in Canada.

“It is important for casual workers to get the same protections as full and part-time workers,” Marc Lafrance, a CUPE representative who is involved in the organizing drive, said in an announcement.

“It is hard for non-union workers to stand up for their rights, and we’re looking forward to helping these casual school workers ensure they have safe, healthy and respectful working conditions.”

The roughly 60 workers join more than 55,000 CUPE members who work across the province in the English and French public and Catholic boards.

CUPE represents more than 700,000 workers in education, health care, municipalities, social services, universities, transportation and communications.

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