CUPE education workers vote To Accept deal with Government
Ontario’s lowest-paid education workers have voted to ratify their next collective agreement with the Council of the Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the provincial government.
A total of 41,559 out of 55,000 frontline CUPE education workers cast ballots, and 30,330 –73% – voted “yes” to accept the tentative agreement that was reached by their central bargaining committee on November 20.
The online ratification vote began Thursday, November 24, and ended Sunday, December 4, with 76% of frontline education workers participating.
“My coworkers and I stood up to the Ford government to get a forced contract off our backs as part of the repeal of the anti-worker Bill 28,” said Laura Walton, educational assistant and president of CUPE’s Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU)
CUPE staged a two-day walkout last month against the backdrop of significant fines after the Ford government passed legislation that imposed a new contract on education workers while banning their right to strike. The back-to-work legislation also included the notwithstanding clause in a bid to prevent any legal challenges.
The legislation was repealed and both sides returned to mediated bargaining.