CUPE statement regarding the death of a student at École Dundonald in Saskatoon, SK:

“As education workers, we are deeply invested in the well-being of the communities we serve every day,” said Scott Barrett, President of CUPE Local 8443. “As the President of the CUPE local that represents workers at École Dundonald, I want to be very clear that we stand with the family affected by this tragedy. We stand with our community today and are thinking about the children, parents, and staff who are grieving right now. We also want to be very clear that this tragedy isn’t about cuts — in fact, this school was one of the lucky ones that didn’t receive any cuts this year, so far. Instead, right now it is about us coming together as a community to support everyone affected by this tragedy, and to find ways to do better so that this cannot happen again.”

“Our thoughts today are with the family who is grieving the loss of their young child,” said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan. “At some point, you have to look across partisan lines and look for solutions in a spirit of collaboration. I would say that now is definitely one of those times.”

For further information, please contact:

Eagleclaw Thom, Temp. Communications Representative, Canadian Union of Public Employees
Phone: (306) 525-5874