Ontario education workers in legal strike position in 17 days


About 55,000 education workers in Ontario, equivalent to custodians, early childhood educators and administration workers, might be in a legal strike position as of Nov. 3, the Canadian Union of Public Employees mentioned Monday.

CUPE has not indicated if education workers would interact in a full strike – which may doubtlessly shut faculties – or begin with a work-to-rule marketing campaign, or take another plan of action at that time.

There are nonetheless talks in progress with the help of a mediator, with three days of bargaining scheduled between Monday and Wednesday. During the final spherical of contract negotiations, in 2019, CUPE and the federal government reached a last-minute deal the day earlier than workers had been set to go on strike.

On Monday, the union introduced on its Ontario School Board Council of Unions account on Twitter {that a} conciliator had issued what’s generally known as a “no board report,” which CUPE had requested on Oct. 7, saying the talks had been at an deadlock.

“It is important that as workers, we use this time to build power amongst ourselves, students, families and our communities,” the union wrote in the replace, encouraging its members to finish kinds for strike pay.

The report units a 17-day countdown towards the union being in a legal strike position, although CUPE remains to be required to offer 5 days’ discover of any job motion.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce mentioned he hopes CUPE brings ahead cheap requests throughout negotiations.

“Like parents, we believe strongly that students deserve to be in class catching up on their learning and are disappointed to hear the education union reconfirm to parents their intention to impose a strike on kids and their families,” Lecce wrote in a press release.

CUPE is on the lookout for annual wage will increase of 11.7 per cent and the federal government in response has supplied raises of two per cent a yr for workers making lower than $40,000 and 1.25 per cent for all different workers.

Education workers have made a number of different proposals, together with additional time at two occasions the common pay price, half-hour of paid prep time per day for instructional assistants and ECEs, a rise in advantages {and professional} growth for all workers.

Laura (*17*), president of CUPE’s Ontario School Boards Council of Unions, mentioned their proposals are about “student success and good jobs.”

“We started mediation this morning and we still want to reach a negotiated agreement that will guarantee service improvements for students, help solve school boards’ problems hiring and keeping qualified employees, and secure a significant wage increase for the lowest-paid frontline education workers that’s long overdue,” she mentioned in a written assertion.

The 4 main academics’ unions are additionally at numerous factors in the bargaining course of with the federal government, after contracts expired on Aug. 31.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 17, 2022.


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