The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) has ratified a four-year collective agreement with “highly-skilled and valued” Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1734 staff members, including educational assistants, early childhood educators and office support.
The agreement impacts about 3,200 staff members in more than 70 job classifications, including information technology staff.
“We have reached a local agreement that has been endorsed by our membership,” CUPE 1734 President Todd Canning says. “In the years ahead, we look forward to a continued partnership that furthers support for all students.” CUPE 1734 is a member of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions, which unites 55,000 CUPE education workers in the public, Catholic, English and French school systems across the province.
The agreements between the YRDSB and CUPE 1734 include items bargained locally. As part of the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, the local agreement will be combined with the centrally bargained terms of the provincial agreement.
“I would like to thank the bargaining teams from our Board and CUPE 1734 for their leadership to complete this agreement,” says Board Chair Ron Lynn. “Staff members represented by CUPE 1734 are highly skilled and valued and ensure our students and other staff members are well supported. We are pleased to have reached a deal that will allow them to continue supporting student success and well-being.”