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Hastings and Prince Edward School District Board of Education budgets reduce the work of 11 frontline workers

Hastings and Prince Edward DistrictBoard of Education(HPEDSB) fired after the Board of Trustees voted to eliminate 11 frontline workers I am.

The union on behalf of school workers states that the board will convert savings to a single supervisor.

“Some people don't have a job while adding jobs to the Education Center,” says Laura Walton, president of the Canadian Civil Service Union.

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CUPE, Board of Education He said after voting in favor of next year's budget to cut jobs for 11 frontline workers.

“This means that 11 CUPE jobs have been lost,” says Jo-Anne White, President of CUPE 1022.

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But HPEDSB's education director, Katherine MacIver, said the cuts were related to state funding depletion. It states that it is doing.

"Some CUPE positions are down," says MacIver.

"There was temporary funding for three years, but it was removed in the latest funding round. As a result, these are some of the difficult decisions we had to make. It was. "

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"I expected and expected some communication between the union and other employee groups within the board, and those who were tasked with budgeting," White says. ..

"But unfortunately they kept the exact same budget. Really, really stabbed."

With the approved budget, a new director with a salary of about $ 211,000 A job is created.

However, MacIver states that the supervisor's salary is not subsidized by a reduction of 11 jobs.

“We have reorganized our senior leadership team to make room for that position by reducing it in other areas,” says MacIver.

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"Therefore, the position of other senior executives has diminished, and the board will not retain that position. It doesn't really cost anything. "

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However, Laura Walton, president of the CUPE Ontario Board of Education, states that there is a structural imbalance.

"Adding a supervisor when reducing the minimum wage by 11 seems to add more people to the top and still remove them from the bottom," Walton said. say.

White states that the budget for 2022-2023 has already been finalized and sent to the ministry and no changes can be made.

She says the affected workers are informed and are in the process of taking the next step.

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