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Canada Education workers to begin work-to-rule after negotiations break off

01:35  30 september  2019
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+ TORONTO — Inside workers began a work - to - rule campaign Monday after the two sides failed to make sufficient progress on labour negotiations over the weekend. “Our members are just going to stop working for free,” said CUPE Local 79 President Tim Maguire on Monday.

Some 55,000 education workers in Ontario are set to embark on work-to-rule on Monday after last-minute contract talks failed to reach a deal.

The decision on a legal strike position comes at the end of two days of last-minute contract talks between CUPE, the province and the Council of Trustees' Associations in an effort to avoid a work-to-rule campaign.

"It is deeply disappointing that CUPE has decided to end talks this weekend, and proceed with a partial withdrawal of services, despite a limited number of outstanding items at the table," Minister of Education Stephen Lecce said in a statement Sunday evening.

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Up to 20,000 city workers may be laid off in the next year, but sanitation workers are the only uniformed, unionized employees who face layoffs, a Ms. Canty said the department was trying to determine if those engaged in the slowdown were violating work rules and subject to discipline.

Lecce said the government and the employers tabled a reasonable offer and expanded their offer through the negotiations with one interest in mind — landing a deal that keeps kids in class. 

"We have offered proposals to address compensation, job security and funding for additional staffing.  A key issue that remains is resolving rising absenteeism rates, and the impact that has on students and schools," Lecce said.

CUPE demanding a better deal

The Education Minister said the government and the Council of Trustees' Associations (CTA) have been and will continue to negotiate in good faith, and remain fully committed to resuming discussions with CUPE to reach an agreement quickly to provide predictability to parents and students.

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Union workers began a work - to - rule campaign Monday after weekend talks failed to produce a deal. The city reached an agreement with its outside workers last Friday. So far, the campaign has aimed not to disrupt services, restricting workers to duties only in their primary job descriptions, as well as

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"On my direction, through our mediator, we have asked for additional bargaining dates to bring everyone back to the table so that we can ensure our kids remain in class," Lecce said.

Late last week CUPE, which has been demanding a better deal for its members — who earn an average of $38,000 per year — formally submitted notice, putting it in a legal strike position as of Monday, Sept. 30.

CUPE is just one of the unions that have been locked in talks with Doug Ford's PC government.

So far, none has been able to reach a deal, raising concern that a widespread school strike could happen this fall.

Lecce has repeatedly said the government is committed to reaching a deal that provides stability for workers, parents and students alike.

"During this period of job action, student safety will remain the utmost priority — a position I know we all share," Lecce said.

"We stand with parents working to protect our students' futures, invests in their potential and ensure they remain in the classroom."

Ontario education workers reach deal with province, averting Monday school strike .
Some 55,000 education workers in Ontario will not strike Monday after successful last-minute contract talks with the provincial government, according to Education Minister Stephen Lecce. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing a number of education support workers across the province, reached a tentative deal on Sunday evening — a move that should allow public schools to open as normal. Lecce said he expects tonight's deal means students across Ontario will be able to go to school as normal on Monday morning following the "positive outcome" of the negotiations.

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