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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.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce reemphasized his drive to get a deal done as soon as possible after Ontario education workers announced they will begin full strike action Monday.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says there is a “credible pathway” to a deal with the union representing 55,000 school support staff — but says CUPE needs to be “reasonable” at the bargaining table. “We aren’t all horribly far apart on a lot of issues — in fact, on some of the major issues we’ve

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.

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

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.

CUPE ’s 55,000 custodians, secretaries and educational -support workers could walk off the job on Monday, but Education Minister Stephen Lecce A media blackout was imposed during weekend negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Employees ( CUPE ) and the government and

On the eve of a potential strike that could close many schools in Ontario , talks continued into the evening Sunday between the support workers ’ union “Negotiations between the parties are ongoing and the media blackout continues,” a spokesperson for the Canadian Union of Public Employees

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.

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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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