Ontario school support staff walkout leaves parents scrambling

As defiant school support staff prepare to walk off the job across the province on Friday, parents are left struggling to find child care and voicing concerns about yet another disruption to learning. Others are looking for ways to support the protesting workers. “I stand with education workers who are making a low wage and … Read more

N.S. mom worries as school support workers poised to strike in Annapolis Valley – Halifax

Over the last two years, Crystal Arscott has watched as her teenage son blossomed under the tutelage of his educational assistant. “It’s amazing, the difference in him,” she told Global News. “We couldn’t make it without them, as simple as that. We couldn’t make it without the EAs besides us.” Arscott’s son, Robert, is a … 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

‘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

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

Saskatchewan government to fund free training for early childhood educators

The Saskatchewan government is offering free training for early childhood educators (ECE) this upcoming academic year. On Monday, the government announced that they are committing nearly $9 million for training and professional development grants for the early learning and child care sector. This will allow free training to be offered for early childhood educators. The … Read more