Union members vote to decide fate of EA strike in Manitoba school division – Winnipeg

Nearly a month of union action could end as Manitoba teaching a*sistants vote on a new collective agreement.

The agreement was reached between the Hanover School Division and the Christian Labor Association of Canada, the union that represents more than 200 AEs across the division, on November 20. It follows a strike that began on November 1, with union members raising concerns about pay disparities.

According to the union, teacher a*sistants in the Hanover school division are paid $4 less on average than in the rest of the province. As the strike continued, the union raised concerns about the division hiring replacement workers to fill the strikers’ roles.

In a Nov. 8 news release, the school division said it had taken “proactive steps” to meet students’ needs and requests.

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With an agreement reached between the two parties, the next step is in the hands of the union members. A vote on the deal will take place on Wednesday. If the text is ratified, teaching a*sistants will return to work on November 23.

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