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Canada Talks reach make-or-break point as Ontario education workers strike looms

16:30  06 october  2019
16:30  06 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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

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

One of the main sticking points in contract talks has been education workers ' sick leave and But, she said, workers ' use of sick days or a short-term leave program that pays them for up to 120 days On Friday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the province "is committed to reaching a deal with

Education workers across Ontario will walk off the job on Monday if contract negotiations with the The union began a work -to-rule campaign this week to pressure the other parties to reach an Earlier this week, the union gave formal strike notice that workers will hit the picket lines on Monday.

Last-minute contract talks between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the provincial government continue on Sunday with a threat of a province-wide strike by Ontario education workers looming.

CUPE served notice on Wednesday that some 55,000 members, from office administrators to special education assistants to custodians, are prepared to walk off the job Monday if a deal can't be reached. That notice was issued just two days into a work-to-rule campaign.

A strike by education workers would see the cancellation of classes and all recreational and after-school programs starting Monday.

Ontario education minister says he’s ‘available 24-7’ as CUPE job action escalation looms

  Ontario education minister says he’s ‘available 24-7’ as CUPE job action escalation looms Mary Unan, a communications specialist with CUPE, said the union has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference at Queen's Park on Wednesday where "there will be an announcement, not just an update."The Ontario government is bracing for a possible escalation in job action, including the potential of a strike as early as Monday.

Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press. Ontario ’s Education Minister says he is committed to reaching Elle Mercier said her five-year-old son, Kaius, had to miss a week of classes last month after breaking his arm. Teachers and other education workers , however, receive 11 sick days at full pay and 120

Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce says there's still hope for a last-minute deal with CUPE workers , who are set to walk off the job on Monday. Lecce made the remarks to CBC Toronto host Dwight Drummond in a Friday interview just hours before negotiations were set to resume.

On Thursday, school boards across Ontario sent notices to parents warning that without custodians, clerical staff, education assistants and others on site, they cannot guarantee students' safety and would be forced to close until workers get back on the job.

The following school boards across Toronto and its suburbs are among those expected to close:

  • Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).
  • Peel District School Board.
  • Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.
  • York Region District School Board.
  • York Catholic District School Board.
  • Halton Catholic District School Board.

The TDSB is Canada's largest school board, serving roughly 246,000 students at 582 schools. Meanwhile, about 90,000 students would be affected in TCDSB.

Ontario education workers prepare to begin full strike Monday

  Ontario education workers prepare to begin full strike Monday TORONTO — Thousands of education workers across Ontario are preparing to go on strike Monday. The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents 55,000 education workers, says it has given the legally required five day's notice to begin a strike. The workers, including custodians, clerical workers and early childhood educators, started a work-to-rule campaign this week. Custodians have stopped cleaning hallways and emptying garbage cans outside schools, clerical workers have stopped finding replacements for absent staff, and education workers have stopped working overtime.

Ontario Education Workers Give Notice For Full-Blown Strike . Teachers Might Strike In Ontario . Ontario Premier Doug Ford's office responded Monday to claims made by Liberal leader Justin Ontario education workers announced Wednesday they will begin full strike action Monday.

Talks on pay and conditions between employers and unions representing 180,000 state Schools will come under the same rules as childcare institutions with some municipalities striking and others not. If the conflict is short, the Education Ministry will then have to decide whether extra teaching to make

CUPE has given notice that the 55,000 education workers it represents in Ontario schools will go on strike Monday if no contract deal is reached by then.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CUPE has given notice that the 55,000 education workers it represents in Ontario schools will go on strike Monday if no contract deal is reached by then.

TCDSB chair Maria Rizzo told CBC News that the decision to close schools is based on an assessment of health and safety considerations related to the needs of all students.

"We are really, really worried about special needs kids, especially those that require one-to-one supervision and care by education assistants, and we're worried about the health risks, about lead in the water if the pipes aren't flushed, the accumulation of garbage," Rizzo said.

"These are our support workers and they make our schools function so that kids and staff are safe and kids can learn."

Hope for a last-minute deal

The TCDSB chair said they are communicating with parents through an automated system called messenger.

"We've written a letter informing the parents that we are closing the schools if there is a strike," she said.

Rizzo said principals, teachers and all non-union staff are expected to report to work.

On Friday Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce said there's still hope for a last-minute deal with CUPE workers. However, reaching an agreement will require the union to back down from what he calls an "unprecedented" escalation in job action.

‘Walk-in’ protests over education ‘cuts’ to occur at public schools across Ontario, groups say .
Ontario Families for Public Education said the rallies scheduled for Thursday are being held to "protest education funding cuts and to celebrate the incredible gains made for our kids by CUPE education workers in their recent contract negotiations."The action comes on the heels of a victory for the union. On Sunday, CUPE announced it had reached a tentative deal with the province for 55,000 educational support workers.

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