Education workers gather in North Battleford to talk about issues in K-12 sector

NORTH BATTLEFORD: Education workers from around the province will be gathering in North Battleford for the annual CUPE Education Workers’ Steering Committee Conference to discuss some of the urgent issues in the education sector.

Over 50 people will participate in three days of discussions on a variety of topics, including funding cuts in education, workplace health and safety, and trends in bargaining.

“Investing in our children is investing in the future of Saskatchewan. But the current trends in education funding paint a troubling picture,” said Jackie Christianson, president of the CUPE Saskatchewan Education Workers’ Steering Committee. “This conference will provide an opportunity to hear about the impact cuts are having on our children and to hear about a range of issues facing education support workers.”

WHEN: October 13 to 15, 2016

WHERE: Gold Eagle Lodge, 12004 Railway Ave. E., North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Conference Highlights:

  • Ian Hamilton, Mayor of North Battleford (Thursday, 1:00 p.m.)
  • Mark Hancock, CUPE national president (Thursday, 1:00 p.m.)
  • Patrick Maze, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation president (Thursday, 1:00 p.m.)
  • Darren McKee, Saskatchewan School Boards Association executive director (Friday, 9:00 a.m.)
  • Carla Beck, NDP education critic (Friday, 9:15 a.m.)
  • Provincial overview of funding cuts and impacts (Friday, 10:45 a.m.)
  • Tom Graham, CUPE Saskatchewan president (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.)

CUPE represents 7,000 support workers in pre-K-12 education in Saskatchewan, including educational assistants, facility operators, administrative assistants, clerical assistants, secretaries, school bus drivers, caretakers, maintenance workers, library assistants, nutrition coordinators, information technicians, social workers, counsellors, community school coordinators, interpreters, speech and language assistants, and other school support workers.