Support staff in Winnipeg School Division vote in favour of strike

WINNIPEG –

Support staff in the Winnipeg School Division have voted in favour of striking amid wage negotiations.

In an update on Monday, Carla Paul, president of the Winnipeg Association of Non-Teaching Employees (W.A.N.T.E.), said 999 members voted in favour of the strike while 42 voted against it.

“The W.A.N.T.E. Collective Bargaining Committee now has a strong mandate from the membership to proceed with a strike action,” Paul said in the update.

No information regarding a strike date was released.

W.A.N.T.E. represents around 1,700 support staff in the Winnipeg School Division (WSD), including educational assistants, library technicians, interpreters, and a number of other staff positions.

The vote comes after W.A.N.T.E. rejected a proposal from the division in October. The association said at the time if a “more respectful proposal” was not submitted, it would be asking the membership for a job action mandate.

A WSD spokesperson told CTV News the division does not comment on active negotiations.

CTV News has reached out to W.A.N.T.E. for comment.

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