Teachers do best work with CUPE support

EDMONTON – Teachers do their best work when they have the appropriate level of support staff in their classrooms, CUPE will tell the school board in its 2006-07 budget presentation Tuesday night.

Date:  Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Time:  7:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Place: Edmonton Public Schools Centre for Education,

   McCauley Chambers, One Kingsway 

As in previous years, CUPE Local 3550 will stress the damaging impact of overwork on support staff in its message to administrators and principals.

“As you consider your 2006-07 budgets and decide on staffing levels and the amount of overtime you expect support staff to work, remember that these workers have families,” local president Trudy Grebenstein said in her presentation.

“These valuable staff members are requesting relief from the sudden influx of new duties that may save time for others, but have become additional work for these already overloaded staff members,” Grebenstein said.

She also warned against using public private partnerships when building new schools. “In the end, the district would have a new school, but taxpayers’ dollars that could have been directed into the classroom will have instead paid for the additional costs of a P3 school.”

                                                            Contact:  Trudy Grebenstein

                                                            President, CUPE 3550

cell 750.914.8673

Public services build strong communities. CUPE Local 3550 members, as partners in public education, are the teacher assistants, administrative assistants, clerks, secretaries, food preparers, science and library technicians and interpreters that support teachers and students in achieving superb results in teaching and learning.

For more information about CUPE Alberta, visit www.alberta.cupe.ca

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