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Foothills school support staff call for fair pay

School support staff gathered in High River and in other municipalities in Alberta to advocate for a wage increase from the Province.

Education workers in High River took part in a day of action today to paint Alberta purple. 

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Alberta held events across the province on Sept. 20 to support fair wages for education workers. School support staff and teachers gathered near High River’s École Joe Clark School and wore purple to advocate for higher wages. 

“We are asking all Albertans to wear purple that day in solidarity with education support workers,” organizers said. 

CUPE said the average salary for school support staff is $34,300. For educational assistants, it is $26,400, which the union says is below the poverty line. 

Additionally, it said education workers have not had a cost-of-living wage increase in over eight years. 

Robert Korotyszyn

About the Author: Robert Korotyszyn

Robert Korotyszyn covers Okotoks and Foothills County news for and the Western Wheel newspaper. For story tips contact [email protected]
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