A message to CEP Local 52-A members at the Catholic School Board in Edmonton

September 21, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

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Greetings sisters and brothers:

To the Edmonton Catholic Schools support staff, currently on strike - I'm sending you a message of solidarity on behalf of the 193,000 CAW members across the country.  There are so many people in our school systems who work every day to ensure a quality education for our children.  CEP members at the Catholic School Board in Edmonton make a huge contribution to education in the city. These efforts must not be ignored, nor should they go unappreciated. We support your efforts to secure a new collective agreement that fairly compensates your work and allows you to do your job in dignity. When governments choose to underfund our schools and our education system as they do today right across Canada, it should not be the workers who pay for this poor judgement, nor should it fall to the children.

To the members of CEP Local 52-A, I can tell you without a doubt, CAW members are with you. The jobs that you do in our schools are important and must not be eroded. I congratulate you for your courage and determination.

Signed, CAW National President Ken Lewenza

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