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Canada How a school strike in Ontario could affect the election

13:25  03 october  2019
13:25  03 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

If Ontario CUPE Education Workers Strike, Some Schools Could Close

  If Ontario CUPE Education Workers Strike, Some Schools Could Close Nothing strikes fear into the heart of parents like the words “school” and “strike.” And on Wednesday, as news broke that non-teaching staff at Ontario’s schools could walk off the job as early as Monday, that worry became a reality. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario School Board Council of Unions gave five-day strike action notice in an address at Queen’s Park. Workers have already been on work-to-rule for three days. WATCH:And on Wednesday, as news broke that non-teaching staff at Ontario’s schools could walk off the job as early as Monday, that worry became a reality.

At other schools , sympathetic parents brought coffee to strikers , and students joined their teachers She said she did not know how long the strike would last. ''We're as far apart as we ever were, and Ontario 's Premier, Mike Harris, has refused to back down on his plans to restructure an education

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Doug Ford wearing a suit and tie: Premier Doug Ford has kept a low profile since the federal election campaign started but a strike by education workers could force him back into the spotlight. That's something the federal Conservatives do not want right now.© Cole Burston/The Canadian Press Premier Doug Ford has kept a low profile since the federal election campaign started but a strike by education workers could force him back into the spotlight. That's something the federal Conservatives do not want right now.

As hard as Ontario Premier Doug Ford is trying to stay out of the federal election campaign, the provincial political climate is threatening to drag him back into the spotlight in a big way.

That's because some 55,000 education workers in Ontario are poised to strike on Monday if they do not reach a contract deal by then. Such a strike has the potential to shut down classes for many of the 2 million students in Ontario's school system.

School boards plan closures as CUPE strike deadline looms

  School boards plan closures as CUPE strike deadline looms A growing number of boards across the province — including two of the largest in the GTA — are warning that elementary and secondary schools will be closed Monday if the province’s 55,000 caretakers, office staff, early childhood educators and educational assistants go on strike. School closures would impact thousands of parents and leave many scrambling to find alternate accommodations for their children, if members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) hit the picket lines. Boards are saying they cannot guarantee student safety and will close schools to students for the duration of the strike.

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The strike affects around 500,000 students at 900 schools in the district, the second-largest in the nation. The strike effectively shut down learning for roughly 500,000 students at 900 schools in the district, the With negotiations apparently at a standstill, the strike could last days or even weeks.

Even though education is a provincial issue, federal Conservatives are worried about the potential impact of a strike on their political hopes in Ontario, particularly in swing ridings around Toronto. That's because they keep hearing from voters at the doors that Ford's record makes them reluctant to vote for Andrew Scheer.

A school strike under Ford's government is not going to help Scheer in any way.

a kitchen with a table in a room: Education workers have been in a work-to-rule situation since Monday.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Education workers have been in a work-to-rule situation since Monday.

The strike notice comes from CUPE, which represents janitors, clerical staff and educational assistants in 90 per cent of Ontario's school boards. Some of those boards are already warning parents to make alternate child care arrangements, and at least one district says it will definitely close schools on Monday should the strike begin.

Many Ontario boards will close schools Monday if education workers strike

  Many Ontario boards will close schools Monday if education workers strike TORONTO — Hundreds of schools across Ontario are set to close their doors on Monday if the province's education workers go through with a threatened strike, potentially shutting more than half a million students out of the classroom. The Toronto District School Board was among those to issue a notice to parents Thursday informing them that if a labour disruption occurs, schools will not open to start the week.

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The major effect of teachers’ strikes is halting or bringing to a standstill the learning. The students, if the strikes are prolonged for more than a week Students who come from low-income families are the most affected ; for their parents cannot afford to pay for private schooling if the student is not bright.

Although Ontario's Education Minister Stephen Lecce declined to speculate on what's behind the timing of the strike notice, Conservatives active in both the federal and Ontario parties say privately they are convinced it has everything to do with the election campaign.

They believe at the very least the union is trying to leverage the election — and the Ford government's fear of how a strike could hurt the federal party — to get a better deal. These Conservatives also wonder if there's an even bigger political play going on: an attempt to weaken Scheer's chances by forcing Ford back into the public eye.

Ford has been keeping a low profile for weeks, insisting he's too busy governing to get involved in the campaign. It's a sharp change of tone from the past year when he took many opportunities to swipe at Justin Trudeau. But federal Conservatives admit that an outspoken Ford is no longer of political advantage to their party.

Elections Canada says it's working on a contingency plan in the event of a CUPE strike

  Elections Canada says it's working on a contingency plan in the event of a CUPE strike Elections Canada says a potential strike by Ontario education workers part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) likely won't affect schools that operate as polling places for the upcoming Oct. 21 federal election. Rejean Grenier, a regional media advisor with the federal elections office, said Elections Canada is working on a contingency plan in the event of a strike.He said Elections Canada has "made no other plans so far … and in the event that the work-to-rule situation continues, we will just work around it and people will be able to vote.

The Ontario government has tabled legislation to force striking high school teachers back to work, meaning tens of thousands of students could be For the affected school boards, it means figuring out whether to cancel or go ahead with final exams and what crucial parts of the curriculum need to be

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The federal Liberals clearly agree and want to exploit this, which is why Trudeau keeps blatantly aiming to link Scheer to Ford in the minds of voters in Ontario and beyond.

If there is a strike on Monday, the Ford government has two options: it could either recall Queen's Park from its lengthy adjournment to bring in back-to-work legislation, or it could let the strike continue.

If the government chooses legislation, Ford's party will have to face question period, putting a media spotlight on the polarizing premier, if he attends the sessions.

If the government chooses to let the strike go on, there's a chance that public opinion will not favour the union as parents scramble to figure out what to do with their kids all day. There's equally a chance that public opinion turns squarely against Ford. Statistics provided by the union (and not disputed by the government) suggest their members earn on average $38,000 a year — not the sort of salary that lends itself to accusations that the workers are greedy.

a man reading a book shelf: Education Minister Stephen Lecce says his government is working 'around the clock' on contract negotiations and he doesn't want any students to miss out on class because of strike action.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Education Minister Stephen Lecce says his government is working 'around the clock' on contract negotiations and he doesn't want any students to miss out on class because of strike action.

There's still time to stave off a strike. The two sides have agreed to go back to bargaining table Friday afternoon and to negotiate through the weekend if necessary.

Lecce said the parties were close to a deal when talks broke off last weekend. But with the political stakes as high as they are right now, anything could happen.

I asked the union leaders in their news conference Wednesday whether the timing of their strike notice was connected with the election campaign. They didn't deny it.

Ontario students take to TikTok express their thoughts on possible school closures Monday .
As labour negotiations between the province and the union representing 55,000 school support staff continue Sunday evening, several high school students — faced with the possibility of school closures come Monday morning — took to the social medium platform, TikTok, to air their hot takes. Videos include everything from overflowing garbage at the high schools due to the lack of janitorial staff to karaoke-style memes of students expressing their desperation to graduate. As of Sunday afternoon, the #ontariostrike hashtag had at 1.4 million views and #cupestrike had 191.7K views.

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