Securing the best services for students is what job action is all about, say CUPE education workers

TORONTO, ON – The countless hours of services and supports lost to Ontario students because of Ford government cuts are the focus of job action announced today by education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Representatives this morning issued the required five days’ notice that puts them in a legal strike…

CUPE education workers ready to defend students’ education services against Ford government cuts

TORONTO, ON – Against a backdrop of crowded classrooms, fewer opportunities for learning and less support for students, Ontario education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have voted in record numbers to deliver a strike mandate of 93 percent in favor of job action, as part of the fight to protect…

Statement from CUPE/OSBCU bargaining team about latest developments in negotiations

TORONTO, ON – The following statement was issued by Laura Walton, president of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions, the designated bargaining agent charged with negotiating a central collective agreement on behalf of 55,000 education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Today the CUPE/OSBCU bargaining team met with the Council…

Staffing cuts at Upper Canada District School Board herald a grim return to class for students in September

BROCKVILLE, ON – The final disturbing picture of cuts at Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has education workers worried about the effect on students in the coming school year and wondering whether parents realize the consequences that reduced services in schools will have for their children. A conclusive tabulation by Local 5678 of the…

Protecting services for students at the root of request for conciliator at bargaining, say education workers

TORONTO, ON – Concerns about the effects of provincial funding cuts on students, workers and the school community have prompted the union bargaining on behalf of 55,000 education workers to ask the Ontario Labour Relations Board to send a conciliator to help with contract negotiations. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and its provincially…

CUPE Ontario stands with our school board workers

The critical work of CUPE education workers in the public, catholic, elementary and French school boards are often undervalued and overlooked during the bargaining process. Today, CUPE Ontario stands with our 55,000 school board workers calling on the Ford Conservative government to make it a priority to resolve the issues in dispute with CUPE. CUPE…