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Calgary school board support staff to hold strike vote

Roughly 4,000 support staff at Calgary public schools could soon be walking off the job. The jobs include classroom aides, psychologsists, secretaries and IT workers.

CBE support staff will cast their ballots Thursday afternoon

Roughly 4,000 support staff at Calgary public schools could soon be walking off the job.

The jobs include classroom aides, psychologsists, secretaries and IT workers.

Members of the Calgary Board of Education staff association are planning to hold a strike vote Thursday afternoon.

Support workers like Jeanne MacLarchlan have been without a contract since August 2010.

She’s worried about how the situation might affect students.

"Very, very concerning," MacLarchlan said. "That's why I'm here. I'm here for the children — I'm here to help in all sorts of situations."

Money and hours are the main issues.

But chair of the CBE staff association Lois Robb said it's not just about money.

"It boils down to respect and equity and certainly for our group from one year to the next they don't know how many hours they'll have. It's about job security," Robb said.

CBE support staff will cast their ballots later Thursday, but the results of the vote won't be known until June.

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