Ontario education workers vote 93 per cent in favour of job action
Sept. 16, 2019
Ontario education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have voted 93 per cent in favour of job action amid negotiations with the province.
The votes, which have been taking place since late August, will leave 55,000 CUPE employees in a legal strike position as of September 30.
Negotiations between the central bargaining unit, CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, and the province are expected to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday.
President of the Council of Unions Laura Walton said they will continue to work to avoid a labour disruption but added in a release, “CUPE education workers are ready to stand up for the services that they provide and that students and families depend on.”
CUPE has previously said the Ford government’s cuts to teaching positions and increases to classroom sizes have made the environment very difficult for talks toward a new contract.
The union also announced a campaign called “Communities Not Cuts” last week aimed at stopping funding cuts that they say could hurt local communities.
President of CUPE Fred Hahn said some of the union actions could include petitions, putting pressure on MPPs, funding other like-minded groups, as well as strikes.
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