Strike averted, children back to school today

EASTERN ONTARIO — A strike has been averted so it’s back to school this morning for Ontario’s schoolchildren.

The deal between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the provincial government and the Council of Trustees Association remains still subject to a ratification vote by union members whose jobs in the education system include janitors, early childhood educators as well as library, clerical and IT staff.

“We have received notice that CUPE has reached a tentative deal with the province and will not be proceeding with a strike tomorrow. All UCDSB schools and childcare facilities are open tomorrow, October 7, 2019. We look forward to welcoming our staff and our students back to school,” the Upper Canada District School Board said in a release last night.

Talks went down to the wire, with parents left on tenterhooks until the news of a settlement was released around 9:30 p.m. last night.

The union says it gave up nothing in the negotiations.

Of the “welcome news,” Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, said in a statement that “parents can rest easy knowing that the government worked tirelessly to ensure their children remain in the classroom, where they belong.

“We will continue to negotiate in good faith to ensure students in this province remain in class,” the minister added.

See CUPE’s announcement last night, below.
See the minister’s announcement, below.
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