School strike averted

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Students will not be getting extra days off as a school support staff strike has been averted.

CUPE Local 523 members were in a legal strike position today in the Okanagan-Similkameen, Okanagan-Skaha and North Okanagan-Shuswap school districts but last minute negotiations mean no picket lines today and no walkout on Wednesday.

CUPE spokesman Rob Hewitt said his members were angry about clawbacks to long-term disability savings but school boards denied these actions were happening.

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