Will the school strike be called on Monday?

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Will the school strike be called on Monday?

If the strike is called, it will be the second in the education sector since the beginning of the month.

A week and a half after the return to the bargaining table between the Ontario government and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), a strike by education workers could take place on Monday if the two parties do not reach a tentative agreement by 5 p.m. Sunday.

The union representing about 55,000 school support workers across the province made the announcement last Wednesday, saying negotiations were at an impasse.

On the side government, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said Saturday afternoon that he has repeatedly improved the government's offer to CUPE, including an additional $335 million pay rise for education workers alone. #x27;education.

Minister Lecce says this is in addition to funding the hiring of almost 7,000 additional workers and protecting one of the best pension, benefits and leave programs sick paid nationwide.

Minister of Education calls on Union to put children first by calling off second strike in two weeks.

< p class="e-p">Stephen Lecce believes that after years of pandemic-related hardship, students deserve to be in class on Monday.

We continue to work hard to do all that we we can to get the best deal for students, families and frontline education workers, the Ontario School Board Council of Unions said Saturday.

The union says it is still at the bargaining table and hopes a strike will not be necessary. However, he is committed to informing parents of any action as soon as possible.

Earlier this week, the President of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions , Laura Walton, said the two sides agreed to a 3.59% wage increase for union members, the equivalent of $1 an hour.

However, the Syndicate is also calling for more investment in classrooms and the hiring of additional staff. For example, he wants the presence of an early childhood educator in each kindergarten class.

If no agreement is reached on Sunday, it would be the second time this month teachers' aides, janitors and other support workers go on strike in Ontario.

Many school boards, including Mon Avenir and Viamonde, have said they will go on strike. online learning if a work stoppage occurs.

On Friday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that frontline healthcare workers and staff at licensed childcare centers will have access to free childcare for their primary-aged children for the duration of any shutdown. work, in the event of a walkout on Monday.

Doctors, nurses, orderlies and those who work in hospitals, long-term care and nursing homes make particular part of those who will have access to this service.

The Ontario government has also indicated that it intends to make it easier for before and after school camp and recreation programs to accommodate school-aged children during all day.

However, each operator will have to decide for himself whether he wants and can do this.

While some parents support CUPE's efforts in the negotiations, others are concerned about the possible repercussions that this work stoppage could have.

Jessica Lyons, a mother of three children elementary school based in Toronto, is one of the parents who support the union.

According to her, parents know that the education sector needs more funding to better support the children in schools, which corresponds to the union's demands to the government.

They made it clear that students need more support in schools. They are fighting in this direction and that is why they have the support of a majority of parents.

Hundreds of school support workers demonstrated outside Queen's Park on November 4 as part of an illegal one-day strike.

Ms Lyons says she has planned a set of plans to prepare for a possible strike, which includes, among other things, exchanges of service with neighbors or even the help of grandparents as backup.

On the contrary, some parents believe that the union should have gone about it differently to show its disagreement in the negotiations.

This is the case, for example, of Bronwen Alsop, president of the Ontario Family Coalition and mother of two.

I don't want [my kids] to do virtual learning, because it was really hard for them [during the pandemic], she explains.

Moreover, the Coalition is calling for laws to be put in place that would prevent schools from closing, whether either for reasons of public health or labor disputes.

With information from Mirna Djukic and CBC

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