Union court challenge to Bill 115 will resume on Monday, December 14th

Toronto, ON – CUPE’s education workers in Ontario, alongside the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), and the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU)will be back in court to challenge the constitutionality of Bill 115, starting Monday, December 14th. UNIFOR also has intervenor status in the case. The court…

CUPE education workers reach tentative agreement with Crown and Council of Trustee Associations in central negotiations

TORONTO – The union representing 55,000 education workers in Ontario schools has reached a tentative deal with the Crown and the Council of Trustee Associations (CTA) in central talks. The union is calling an end to its province-wide work-to-rule job action. CUPE members have been without a contract since August 31st, 2014. CUPE has been…

Education workers hold “Rally for Respect” in support of jobs, services, and a fair bargaining process

After last week’s meeting between unions and government, CUPE members “more determined than ever” to fight for a fair collective agreement, say leaders TORONTO, ON – Education workers in nine school boards are responding to last week’s ultimatum from Premier Kathleen Wynne about their work-to-rule action by holding Rallies for Respect in their communities. The…

Solidarity with Quebec’s Common Front

CUPE Ontario stands together with the 400,000 workers in school boards, CÉGEPs, social services, health care and other public services who began rotating strikes across the province today. Workers in Quebec, as in Ontario, are shouldering the burden of austerity under Liberal governments. These governments are paying for tax cuts and expensive privatization schemes by…

We will not be bullied into a collective agreement, say CUPE education workers after meeting with Premier Wynne

TORONTO, ON – Premier Wynne’s promise to grant requests from the Council of Trustees Association (CTA) to respond to job action by CUPE’s 55,000 education workers could make an already difficult labour situation worse, said the president of Ontario’s largest union. “The Premier entertaining the CTA’s request won’t improve labour relations in Ontario’s schools,” said…

Peel board using United Way as bargaining ‘football’, charge CUPE education workers 

Union cites members’ unswerving support for charity in face of job action PEEL REGION, ON – Union leaders called on Peel school board’s director of education to stop using charitable activities as bargaining chips in negotiations with education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). By blaming the labour situation for the…

CUPE education workers call on Peel board to reinstate cancelled school breakfast programs

TORONTO – Education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) rejected charges that school breakfast programs had been cancelled at Peel schools as a result of the union’s work-to-rule job action and demanded that the Peel District Board of Education reinstate the programs. “Breakfast programs are not the responsibility of CUPE members…

York Catholic board puts Italian language and culture programme on the block at Vaughan schools

Snap decision by board comes without consultation or correct process: programme supporters YORK REGION, ON – York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) is planning on axing a popular Italian language and culture programme that currently runs in 23 of its schools and critics charge the decision was made without consulting families, students, instructors, or the…