Students who rely on school services also suffer during longer vacation time
Hundreds of staff members in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district are feeling the pinch with the district's decision to extend spring break from one to two weeks for the first time this year.
About 400 members of CUPE Local 606, including educational assistants and bus drivers, and scores of teachers-on-call who are members of the Nanaimo District Teachers' Association, are bearing the brunt of the longer spring break.
CUPE president Rob Zver and NDTA president Derek DeGear said it's unfortunate that it's the unions' most financially vulnerable members who are being forced to sacrifice some of their much-needed pay in the district's efforts to cut costs during fiscally trying times.
"Many of our teachers-on-call, who average only about 70 days of work each year, make about $15,000 annually and are living below the poverty line," said DeGear.
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