Ontario education workers issue 5-day strike notice before negotiations resume


The union representing about 55,000 Ontario education workers has given 5 days’ notice of a possible provincewide strike.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents employees together with academic assistants, custodians and early childhood educators, says a strike might begin as quickly as Friday.

A union spokesperson says education workers will absolutely withdraw their providers if a deal is not reached with the provincial authorities.

Two Ontario faculty boards have mentioned they’ll shut faculties if education workers go on a full strike.

Negotiations between the union and the province are scheduled to resume on Tuesday after classes with a mediator final week broke down with either side nonetheless far aside on wages.

Union looking for 11.7 per cent yearly wage improve

CUPE is searching for annual wage will increase of 11.7 per cent and the federal government in response has supplied raises of two per cent a 12 months for workers making lower than $40,000 and 1.25 per cent for all others.

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

Other than the proposal on wages, the federal government’s supply seeks to maintain all different areas the identical because the earlier deal apart from a lower to sick go away pay.

The authorities desires to institute what it is calling a five-day “ready interval” for short-term incapacity throughout which a employee would obtain 25 per cent of their regular pay and 90 per cent for the remainder of the 120 days.

“No one desires to strike, least of all of the lowest-paid education workers who can barely pay our payments,” Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Boards Council of Unions, mentioned in a press release Sunday. “Still, we want a big wage improve and we deserve it.”

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has accused CUPE of “attempting to disrupt in-class studying by refusing to compromise” on what he calls unreasonable calls for.

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board mentioned final week {that a} “full withdrawal of service” by CUPE would imply they might not be capable to guarantee protected situations for college kids and employees.

The two faculty boards mixed function over 100 faculties attended by roughly 50,000 college students in Peterborough, Bowmanville and the encompassing space.

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic mentioned college students would transition to distant studying at residence, whereas Kawartha Pine Ridge mentioned it will share particulars on plans in the event that they obtain notice from CUPE about pending strike motion.


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