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

Salary increases, end of hybrid learning among teacher union priorities in contract talks

An end to hybrid learning. Smaller classes. More supports for classrooms, especially as high school classes are destreamed. And salary increases that take into account the limited raises in their last contract — their one per cent yearly boost that was part of provincial wage cap legislation — and rising inflation. These are some of … Read more

Ontario teachers’ union will ‘vigorously press’ for investments during contract negotiations, ETFO president says

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board office in Toronto on Sept. 28, 2021. All education union contracts in Ontario expire at the end of August, and negotiations on new contracts have begun.COLE BURSTON/The Canadian Press The head of Ontario’s elementary teachers’ union says that while families want stability in schools, educators will fight against cuts … Read more

‘Show up at the table,’ Education Minister Stephen Lecce urges elementary teachers’ union

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says it’s time for the province’s elementary teachers’ union to “show up at the table” after telling the government its negotiators are not available to bargain until the end of the summer. Lecce said while most of the education unions have scheduled upcoming negotiation dates or are doing so, the Elementary … Read more

Ontario education unions file bargaining notices as contracts set to expire in August

Ontario’s five big education unions have already filed notices to bargain in advance of their contracts expiring at the end of August — and the union representing school support staff says it wants to negotiate all through the summer break. The Ontario School Boards Council of Unions, a part of CUPE, issued its notice to … Read more