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Education Workers Vote in Favour of Strike Action

The CUPE says 96.5 percent of its education worker members have voted in favour of strike action.

ONTARIO - It looks like a strike could be on the horizon for education workers across Ontario.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says 96.5 percent of its members have voted in favour of strike action. The union represents 55,000 education workers including school librarians, custodians, and administration staff.

The union is looking for annual pay raises of 11.7 percent to keep up with inflation. It says the Ford Government has offered yearly raises of two percent for employees making less than $40,000 a year and a 1.25 percent raise for other employees.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce released the following statement in response to the strike vote results.

“While these results are not surprising given that education unions have voted to hold strikes against families for nearly five decades, we are still extremely disappointed with the results. CUPE is charging ahead with a strike while demanding nearly 50 percent in increased compensation after two difficult years of pandemic disruptions for students.

As CUPE moves ahead towards a strike that hurts kids and disrupts families — leaving behind a reasonable offer that also protects the most generous benefits and pension plan in the country — we will continue to remain at the table to make sure kids stay in class without interruption right through to June.”

Bargaining dates are scheduled for this Thursday, this Friday, October 17th and October 18th.

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