Ontario reaches deal with CUPE school support staff

Education Minister says the deal is net zero — any salary increases are offset through savings elsewhere

Liz Sandals (CP Photo)

Liz Sandals (CP Photo)

TORONTO — Ontario has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, ending a work-to-rule campaign by support staff in schools across the province.

Education Minister Liz Sandals says in a statement that the deal is net zero, which means any salary increases are offset through savings elsewhere.

Sandals, who is not at the legislature today as staff say she is “actively” supporting bargaining, won’t release the terms of the deal until it is ratified.

The Liberal government had threatened to dock the pay of support staff represented by CUPE and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, as well as the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, if they didn’t end their work-to-rule campaigns.

Premier Kathleen Wynne had said that if the unions didn’t end their administrative strikes by Nov. 1, she would give permission to school boards to trigger five days’ notice to dock their pay.

That deadline came and went without the government’s consent being given, and bargaining with the remaining two unions is ongoing.


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