Schooling staff rally to avoid wasting jobs

Education workers rally to save jobs

Hastings Prince Edward District Faculty Board staff march close to the board headquarters on Ann Avenue Monday June 20 2022. (Photograph: Quinte Information)

Virtually 100 staff of the Hastings Prince Edward District Faculty Board weren’t completely happy in regards to the proposed price range to be selected by their college board Monday night time and so they rallied on the board’s headquarters earlier than the assembly to point out their displeasure.

The draft price range consists of staffing cuts of 11 full time positions, all administration/clerical or custodial workers.

Instructional assistant for the board and president of a department of the Canadian Union of Public Workers Laura Walton mentioned the funding was accessible to maintain the workers however that the board’s spending selections have been typically wrong-headed.

She mentioned the deliberate cuts simply did not make sense.

“This can be a board who’ve mentioned that they’ve struggled to rent over the pandemic so why you’ll minimize staff and anticipate that they’ll be there if you want them again may be very very shortsighted.”

In the meantime, President of Native 1022 CUPE Jo-Anne White mentioned the 11 positions to be minimize are among the many lowest paid within the board and mentioned the custodial workers cuts have been significantly unfair due to how exhausting they’ve needed to work.

“Particularly over COVID the custodial/upkeep group have been boots on the bottom your complete COVID, they have been within the buildings, readying them, making ready them, ensuring they have been air-filter pleasant, all of the issues that have been required to be sure that when the children and the workers got here again in they have been prepared for us.”

The over $222 million proposed price range options an in-year deficit of $1.7 million.

(Photograph: Quinte Information)