01/17/2014 05:40 EST | Updated 03/19/2014 05:59 EDT

Victoria School Strike Averted As CUPE Support Workers Reach Deal

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VICTORIA - The Greater Victoria School District says it has reached a tentative deal with a union and averted a strike that could have seen picket lines go up at 51 schools next week.

The announcement was made on the district's website Friday evening, and it says all schools will be open Monday and classes will be in session.

Earlier in the day, the B.C. Public School Employers' Association said talks were ongoing in an attempt to reach a settlement.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 947, served 72-hour strike notice earlier this week.

Members opposed changes to their prescription-drug benefits package and voted 137-61 last month against the contract.

But the contract was ratified by 56 other CUPE locals.

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