Ontario education support officials have until early December to decide whether to accept new contracts with the provincial government.
In a statement released late Tuesday, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said about 55,000 members will vote online on whether to ratify the interim agreement from 24 November.
Make your selections by December 5th and the results will be announced on December 6th.
“In order to allow time for our members to consider and process the details of this interim agreement, we will make no further comments until the results of the ratification vote are announced,” the union said.
The union had previously said the vote would be completed by the end of this week. It is unclear why the deadline was changed.
a reached a tentative agreement The decision, taken late Sunday between the union and the Ontario government, averted a statewide strike scheduled for the following day.
CUPE says the deal will raise wages for all workers by a flat $1 an hour.
Minister of Education Stephen Lecce I went to say more The deal provides union minimum wage members with a “significant salary increase” of approximately 4.2% per annum.
“To help minimum wage workers, this is a huge increase from where we started and what we are going to do, all workers benefit from this deal. And frankly, every family and taxpayer benefits from getting stability for their children,” he said on Monday.
in a letter to a memberthe union said the bargaining committee also secured repayment for the two days workers took part in political protests under Bill 28.
“This is a particularly fitting achievement, recognizing that we didn’t have to do it just to maintain our charter bargaining rights,” union president Mark Hancock said.
Bill 28 was withdrawn in exchange for CUPE’s return to the negotiating table after two days of protest.
The government calls the deal a “win, win, win.” But Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Association of Ontario School Boards Council (OSBCU), doesn’t feel the same way.
After the tentative agreement was announced, Walton told reporters that he had decided to let the members agree after it became clear that the government would not move further.
She said the wage offer was higher than what the government had previously mandated, but that she has yet to receive new money to increase services or staff.
“Basically, what this government has told us is they won’t move anymore. We’ll let our members vote,” she said, adding that she didn’t like the deal. .
“I think it’s lacking.”
If a CUPE member chooses not to ratify the agreement, both parties must return to the negotiating table.