This was announced by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) late Sunday afternoon.
Today we reached an agreement in principle. The workers will be at school [lundi] and there will be no strikeOntario School Board Council of Unions President Laura Walton said at a news conference.
The union representative claims to have done her best
to represent the needs and interests of workersbut the agreement is no different from what the government proposed last week, before the union issued its strike notice, she explained.
disappointment for the union
The preliminary agreement provides for a flat salary increase instead of a percentage increasesaid Laura Walton, adding that the agreement
is by far not all that educators and children deserve. Yet she says
that’s all this government is willing to offer.
The union announced earlier this week that both sides had agreed to a wage increase of about 3.59%, or $1 an hour. However, he also sought a guarantee for the number of people employed in certain sectors.
There are no means to ensure services are provided to students in schoolslamented Laura Walton, who points out that this lack of funding is the biggest difference with the government.
She speaks to parents and families on this point
Disappointment and that of the entire negotiating team.
the CUPEhoped to receive investments totaling $100 million to hire librarians, janitors, secretaries, teaching assistants, as well as supplemental educators for each kindergarten class, rather than just those with at least 16 students.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says so
proudly confirm that both parties [gouvernement et syndicat] reached an agreement that will bring stability […] to the two million children who will go to school [lundi].
This is a positive result for everyoneunderlined the Minister of Education, who added that
The biggest beneficiaries are the children who can study.
After a two-year hiatus [en raison de la pandémie]we know there is no better place for children.
One vote a week
Frontline education workers employed in school boards across the province can view details of the agreement and vote to approve or reject it.
Laura Walton explained that
The Central Negotiating Committee will recommend that members accept the provisional agreement as part of the ratification process which is scheduled to start on Thursday and could end by next weekend.
Ontario Public School Board Response
For its part, the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) says it will continue to negotiate
a fair and fully funded deal with other unions representing teachers and education workers.
We are very happy that the students are in class [lundi]said the President of theOPSBA Kathy Abraham.
This tentative agreement recognizes the important contributions of our essential education staff and the important role they play in our schools.
Teachers’ assistants, janitors and other support staff at schools across the province went on strike earlier this month to protest a bill that would force them to a collective agreement.