12/02/2013 08:34 EST | Updated 02/01/2014 05:59 EST

CUPE BC Strike: Workers In 3 Okanagan School Districts Threaten Action

PENTICTON, B.C. - The potential for job action by support staff in three Okanagan school districts has been headed off, according to union officials.

CUPE spokesman Nathan Allen said a tentative deal was reached late Monday afternoon following a bargaining session between CUPE local 523 and its employer.

No details of Monday's tentative agreement have been released.

The union members work at the Okanagan-Similkameen, Okanagan-Skaha and North Okanagan-Shuswap school districts, and CUPE spokesman Rob Hewitt had suggested job action could have started on Tuesday if negotiations failed.

Hewitt had also said a full-scale walkout was possible by Wednesday.

At issue was what the union believes is an attempt by the school districts to claw back long-term disability savings, though a spokesperson has denied those allegations. (CKOR, CKIZ)

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