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Canada Union, Ontario government to resume bargaining to head off school strike

13:20  04 october  2019
13:20  04 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Ontario education minister delivers warning letter after talks break down

  Ontario education minister delivers warning letter after talks break down On the evening before 55,000 educational workers initiate job action across the province, Global News has obtained a letter sent to school boards from Education Minister Stephen Lecce. In the letter, Lecce reiterates familiar government messaging about the labour dispute and sternly warns employees about maintaining student safety. “During this period of job action, student safety will remain the utmost priority. I know this is a position we all share, and I expect that no CUPE member will ever undertake any action that would jeopardize the safety and security of any student in the province.

In 1996, Ontario Public Service employees struck legally (Correctional Officers struck illegally in 1979[9]) for the first time in their history.[10] The strike was deeply political; OPSEU rallied against the Mike Harris government 's proposed job ^ "FOR THE RECORD Strike talks at colleges to resume ".

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) is a trade union which represents 60,000 members across Ontario , Canada.

A major union representing education workers in Ontario says its members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a potential strike (Picture for representation) A major union representing education workers in Ontario says its members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a potential strike (Picture for representation)

TORONTO — The Ontario government and a union that represents thousands of education workers say they are to resume talks today to head off a looming strike at the province's schools.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has said its 55,000 members plan to walk off the job on Monday after holding a work-to-rule campaign this past week.

Several Ontario school boards, including the three largest, have said they will have to close schools if the labour disruption goes ahead.

They say the closures are necessary to ensure student safety, which they say would be compromised without CUPE workers on sight.

Contracts for all of the province's public school employees expired at the end of August, and the Progressive Conservative government has been in tense labour negotiations with several unions.

Both CUPE and the government say they are to be back at the bargaining table this afternoon and expect talks to carry on through the weekend.

This story by the Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 4, 2019

The Canadian Press

Randall Denley: Ontario's win-win-win deal with 55,000 education workers bodes well for future negotiations .
When a party to a labour negotiation describes a deal as “win-win-win,” it always sounds like a statement that is at least two-thirds baloney. How can everyone win? Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce was pretty close to the mark, though, when he gave that assessment of the government’s new deal with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and its 55,000 education workers. It all comes down to how one defines the term “win.” For the provincial government, the deal met two key objectives. The first was avoiding a strike. The disruption that would have resulted from closing down 4,000 schools would inevitably have blown back on the government.

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