05/11/2015 04:06 EDT | Updated 05/11/2016 05:59 EDT

Saskatchewan school support workers reach tentative deal with school division

WEYBURN, Sask. - A tentative deal has been reached between support workers and a school division in southeast Saskatchewan.

The South East Cornerstone School Division and the union representing the workers went back to the bargaining table on Friday with the help of a conciliator.

Earlier that week, the workers with the Service Employees International Union-West rejected the division's offer.

The offer would have seen wages increase by three per cent in the first year of the contract, and one per cent in the second.

Workers walked off the job on April 22 after a 48-hour strike notice and a mandatory 14-day cooling off period.

SEIU-West represents approximately 250 employees with the school division in positions such as educational assistants, custodians, bus drivers and administrative staff.

Members of the bargaining team are having meetings with their membership to explain the deal, and then voting will take place.

"We know that our members want to be back in the schools and classrooms; driving the buses, cleaning the schools and assisting the students — that is their calling," said Barbara Cape, union spokeswoman.

"They believe investing in our children's education should be priority number 1. Our members believe this process has illustrated to the board of education it needs to recognize and value the skills delivered by our members."