That means it is retroactive to July 1st of last year and a release from the provincial government says the deal does not breach its so-called Co-operative Gains Mandate, because – if ratified – cash for the raises will come from savings found within existing school district budgets. 

Ratification votes must still be held, but all sides are recommending acceptance. 

About 33,000 unionized support workers are involved, and most of them – about 27,000 – are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.