No Ontario School Strike!
Ontario Government Reaches Deal with Education Workers:
CBJ — Schools in Ontario are open!
Ontario’s provincial government reached a deal with the Canadian Union of Public Employees about two hours prior to a 12:01am Monday strike deadline.
Negotiations continued throughout the weekend and wrapped up late Sunday night.
Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the deal represented “incremental success” as contract talks with the major teachers unions continue.
CUPE was able to secure modest wage increases and maintain its existing sick leave plan — a sticking point for the school trustees, who say the number of days used on average seems high.
A strike would have seen 55,000 education workers take to the picket lines while hundreds of schools shut their doors.
At least two dozen school boards across the province — including the three largest — said they couldn’t function without the CUPE workers, including custodians, early childhood educators and clerical staff.