Union: Provincial government must keep public services public in new 10-year education plan

Union: Provincial government must keep public services public in new 10-year education plan

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ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador — The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Newfoundland & Labrador welcomes the provincial government’s announcement of a 10-year plan to modernize and improve the province’s education system. CUPE NL represents over 1,700 members working in education, including early childhood educators, educational assistants, and post-secondary educators.

“We look forward to working with the employer to develop a plan that will improve public education across the province that values our members working in this sector, and that will keep public education public,” said CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier.

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“In the past four years, the Furey administration has continued to push public-private partnerships across the province. This government has tried to contract out much of our current public service work, targeting hospitals, housing, and even snow removal in our towns, and we don’t want that to affect our schools more than it already has. The children of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve an education system that prioritizes their learning, not profit.”

CUPE NL is prepared to fight for a high-quality, public education system for our members, and for the people of Newfoundland & Labrador. They will be holding town halls with members across the province to ensure that this plan incorporates the expert knowledge of those working in education and reflects the issues and concerns that are important to CUPE NL members.

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Contacts

For more information:

Sherry Hillier
President, CUPE Newfoundland & Labrador
709-765-2996

Haseena Manek
CUPE Atlantic Communications Officer
hmanek@cupe.ca

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