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Ontario to Legislate Education Workers Back to Work


Ontario’s education minister said he intends to introduce legislation on Monday to avert an impending strike by support staff.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents around 55,000 education workers, announced earlier on Sunday that it would give the five days’ notice required to call a full strike on Friday – they are in a legal strike position on Thursday.

At the end of the day, the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced that if CUPE refused to withdraw its intention to strike, he would table a law which would impose a contract, which he describes as more generous.

The government offered increases of 2% a year for workers earning less than $40,000 and 1.25% for everyone else, but Lecce says the new deal would give 2.5% annual increases to workers earning less than $40,000. $43,000 and 1.5% per year. hundred for everyone else.

CUPE is calling for annual wage increases of 11.7% as well as overtime at twice the regular rate of pay, 30 minutes of paid prep time per day for teacher assistants and ECEs, increased benefits and professional development for all workers.

Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, says the law would take away the right to strike.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 30, 2022.

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