FREDERICTON, N.B. – It’s a victory for educational assistants in New Brunswick.

Members of CUPE local 2745, representing assistants and school clerks, have won back their right to strike after a judge  overturned a 2002 labour board decision that deemed the assistants as essential employees.

CUPE New Brunswick president Daniel Legere says workers are starting to have to fight for their rights more frequently. “Challenges to the labour movement seem to be opening up more all the time and we’re spending a lot of time maintaining the status quo.”

Legere adds the option to strike has to be part of a fair contract bargaining process.

CUPE represents over 2,000 educational assistants in the province.