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

Stephen Lecce tells schools to honour Queen’s funeral after York board warns discussion could be ‘triggering’

The province has told schools to honor Queen Elizabeth on Monday by observing a moment of silence and running activities to learn about her reign, after one board told educators to avoid any tributes because that “can be triggering.” Last Friday, the York Region District School Board sent a tip sheet to administrators about how … Read more

Education Minister Stephen Lecce pledges normal school year

As students across the province head back to school — though not until Wednesday in Toronto — Education Minister Stephen Lecce said they should look forward to “the beginning of a return to a normal school experience” after the chaos of lockdowns and online learning because of COVID -19. “This new school year marks the … 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

Teachers brace for ‘tooth and nail’ fight with province

Ontario’s Public High School Teachers Will Need Tooth And Nail “in This Round of Bargaining With The Provincial Government, Says the President of Their Union. Speaking to local leaders at their summer meeting in Toronto, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation president Karen Littlewood said “I know the absolute last thing that anyone wants to hear … 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

Ontario school support staff to consider strike vote

As bargaining continues with the province and school boards, the union representing support staff has set a meeting to discuss holding a strike vote. In the memo, obtained by the Star, the Ontario School Boards’ Council of Unions has set Aug. 22 to meet with local leaders to provide a negotiations update from the latest … 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

Stephen Lecce unveils ‘plan to catch up’ for students

Extracurricular sports and clubs must be on offer when Ontario students return to class in the fall, Education Minister Stephen Lecce insists, while warning that parents have “little tolerance” for disruptions to schooling after all of the worry and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic . “I believe after two years of great difficulty, the right … Read more

Doug Ford prepares for cabinet selection, potential summer sitting at Queen’s Park

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has begun the process of selecting his new inner circle of cabinet ministers as his government prepares to potentially recall the legislature for a brief summer sitting in order to pass the 2022-23 provincial budget. Insiders with the Progressive Conservative party have been given a 10-day timeline for Ford’s team to … Read more