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Canada CUPE, Ontario government reach deal to avoid education workers strike: education minister

04:15  07 october  2019
04:15  07 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.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.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce and the bargaining unit for the Canadian Union of Public Employees announced the deal just hours before a midnight The agreement comes after weeks of tense contract talks between the government , union and school boards. In the days leading up to the

Some 55,000 education workers in Ontario will not strike Monday after successful last-minute contract talks with the provincial government The Canadian Union of Public Employees ( CUPE ), representing a number of education support workers across the province, reached a tentative deal

a room filled with furniture and a large window: Schools across Ontario were set to close Monday.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Schools across Ontario were set to close Monday.

The union representing thousands of education workers across Ontario has reached a deal with the provincial government to avoid a strike that was set to begin Monday, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce says.

Dozens of school boards intended to close Monday as the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ontario government were stuck in contract negotiations.

READ MORE: How school boards will tell you if classes are cancelled Monday

The contract for 55,000 education workers expired on Aug. 31 and the union began a work-to-rule campaign last week.

How the Ontario education job action is affecting Windsor-Essex families

  How the Ontario education job action is affecting Windsor-Essex families As education workers across Ontario began a work-to-rule job action Monday, parents like April Pare and students like her daughter Addie are concerned about what will happen while employees, unions and the province attempt to work out an agreement. In addition to thousands of education workers across the province, the work-to-rule action affects almost 570 CUPE Local 1358 employees with schools part of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB), as well as approximately 550 CUPE Local 1348 employees with the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB).

READ MORE: CUPE education workers , Ontario government reach tentative deal to avoid strike . Lecce said he’s proposing the same type of The minister said the government remains ready to bargain, but did not provide any further details of the new framework apparently offered on Tuesday.

Ontario education workers announced Wednesday they will begin full strike action Monday. The announcement comes on the heels of Education Minister “Despite CUPE ’s best efforts we were not able to reach an agreement that secured services for Ontario students or delivered a fair deal for the

Members -- including janitors, clerical staff and early childhood educators -- stopped working overtime and performing a number of other duties, including cleaning hallways and emptying garbage cans outside schools.

READ MORE: Parents rally in Toronto to call on Ford government to reverse cuts as CUPE strike deadline looms

CUPE gave formal strike notice that workers would hit the picket lines Monday, and dozens of school boards across Ontario said it would not be feasible for them to keep schools open as a result of the strike.

However, the strike has now been avoided.

More to come.

-- With files from The Canadian Press

‘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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