Ontario CUPE education workers start voting on whether to strike

Ontario education workers including librarians, custodians and administrative staff are set to start voting today on whether to strike – and their union is recommending they vote yes. The Canadian Union of Public Employees has called Ontario’s initial contract offer, which it made public, insulting. The government has offered raises of two per cent a … Read more

Ontario’s school support staff to hold strike vote

Some 55,000 school support staff will be taking a strike vote starting Friday — a vote that comes on the heels of two days of negotiations with the province that their union leadership is called frustrating. Laura Walton, president of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions, said the vote will give the bargaining team … Read more

How the NDP will handle Pierre Poilievre as Tory leader

HALIFAX — Should Pierre Poilievre emerge victorious from the Conservative leadership race this weekend — something that now feels all but certain — the New Democrats have a plan. They’re not going to wage a culture war against the longtime MP, who, just like NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, is a compelling communicator, plays a strong … Read more

Teacher unions expect labour peace — at least for the fall

Ontario teacher unions say they expect labor peace all fall — and are hoping for all year. While the support staff union is already exchanging offers with the provincial government — and has now asked for a conciliator while also planning a strike vote — the province’s educators are in the early stages of bargaining. … Read more

Ontario school workers to keep fighting for ‘decent wages,’ as government pushes for assurance school won’t be interrupted

As students prepare to return to class, the union representing Ontario’s school support staff says it will keep fighting for “decent wages,” while the province is calling on it to assure parents that the year won’t be disrupted by job action. “We are fighting for decent wages, increased services for students and a reinvestment in … Read more

‘People need to be patient’: Education contracts set to expire across Ontario

All Ontario education contracts expire Wednesday — but the school year will start up on time, with no job action planned. “It’s not Cinderella, and the pumpkin is not going to change at midnight,” said Karen Littlewood, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. “We’re going to continue to do what we’ve always done, … Read more

School staffing and wage proposals would cost much less than Ontario government estimates, union says

Wage and staffing proposals for Ontario’s education workers would cost less than the government has stated they will, their union said Friday in releasing its own analysis of the first offer it has put forward in bargaining. The Canadian Union of Public Employees’ Ontario School Boards Council of Unions represents 55,000 support staff, and is … Read more

Ontario school workers to hold strike vote starting Sept. 23

School support staff will take a strike vote starting Sept. 23, a move their union says will “be a signal” to the Ontario government and boards that workers will not accept concessions at the bargaining table. And while no job action is planned, the move could put the 55,000 custodians, office staff, educational assistants and … Read more

CUPE sets strike votes for end of September, says it doesn’t guarantee walkout

TORONTO — A union representing Ontario education workers has set a strike vote, but says they wouldn’t be in a position to walk off the job until October at the earliest. The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents 55,000 workers including maintenance staff, librarians and early childhood educators, will open voting from Sept. 23 … Read more

Deal with support staff influences all other contracts, Education Minister Stephen Lecce says

CUPE’s salary and other bargaining proposals are costly and would not be fair to taxpayers, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce. Speaking to reporters at Queen’s Park, Lecce said the demands the union representing school support staff have presented are “astronomical, unreasonable and not consistent with those footing the bill, which is the taxpayer.” He said … Read more