“This agreement allows CSPGNO to continue to provide quality service within its schools,” marc Aubin, president of the CSPGNO, said in a press release. “Parents can rest on the fact that the government has worked tirelessly to keep their children in the classroom where they need to be,” education minister Stephen Lecce said, without giving concrete details of the new agreement, except to say it is “fair and reasonable.” “While we are pleased to centrally ratify this agreement that provides security of services, this is just the beginning,” Walton said. For example, the 1% pay increase was negotiated in the shadow of Bill 124, which would limit the salaries of public service employees in Ontario. “It doesn`t reflect what cupE members deserve,” Walton said, “and we need to move forward when it comes to solving issues like violence in schools, including the epidemic of harassment that affects everyone in schools.” “We are pleased that CUPE members have ratified an agreement that restores the tens of thousands of hours of service to Ontario students that were reduced by the Ford government earlier this year,” said Laura Walton, President of CUPE`s Ontario Union School Board (OSBCU), which is conducting centralized negotiations on behalf of CUPE`s 55,000 members. Education workers represented by CUPE in Ontario voted to ratify a central collective agreement to restore essential services to students and return 1,300 support staff positions to schools across the province. In March, the city reached a final agreement with TCEU Local 416, which was also ratified by the union and approved by the city council. “Our goal was to conclude agreements in this process that respect taxpayers, students and families, while recognizing the important contributions of our front-line education workers,” Premier Doug Ford said in a written statement. Our government has worked tirelessly at the negotiating table to achieve this goal, and as a result, two million students will remain in the classroom where they need to be. The local agreement was reached after the province and cupE – which represents 55,000 education workers across Ontario – signed a central agreement last October to avoid a strike. “I am pleased that we have reached a fair agreement during these negotiations.
COVID-19 has delayed our ratification, but today we have a five-year agreement that is on time, affordable and accountable. I would like to thank our employees who continue to provide excellent services to our city during this pandemic. I appreciate their commitment and hard work for our residents. The three-year interim agreement means that schools across the province were open on Mondays, as usual. Laura Walton, President of the ONTARIO Union School Board of CUPE, apologized to parents and students for the time it took to reach an agreement. The Ontario Far North Public School Board (CSPGNO) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have entered into a three-year collective agreement for the period up to September 2022. Education Minister Stephen Lecce and the bargaining unit of the Canadian Union of Public Employees announced that they would agree within hours of a midnight strike. The agreement was reached because four other unions representing teachers and education workers are holding rotating strikes. CUPE is the first in a series of unions to reach an agreement with the Ford government, as contracts for all public school employees in the province expired at the end of August.