Ontario to legislate education workers back to work



Ontario’s education minister says he intends to introduce laws Monday to avert a looming help employees strike.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents about 55,000 education workers, introduced earlier Sunday that it was giving the required 5 days’ discover to begin a full strike on Friday — they’re in a authorized strike place on Thursday.

Late within the day, Education Minister Stephen Lecce introduced that if CUPE refused to withdraw its intent to strike, he could be tabling laws that will impose a contract, which he describes as extra beneficiant.

The authorities had been providing raises of two per cent a yr for workers making lower than $40,000 and 1.25 per cent for all others, however Lecce says the brand new deal would give 2.5-per-cent annual raises to workers making lower than $43,000 and 1.5 per cent for all others.

CUPE has been in search of annual wage will increase of 11.7 per cent in addition to time beyond regulation at twice the common pay price, half-hour of paid prep time per day for instructional assistants and ECEs, a rise in advantages {and professional} improvement for all workers.

Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Boards Council of Unions, says the laws would take away the correct to strike.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 30, 2022.


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