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No CUPE strike as tentative agreement reached

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Thousands of elementary and high school kids will most likely still have school on Monday as an agreement was reached late on Sunday night between the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the provincial government for some 55,000 education support workers.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce told media that he expects the late night deal to allow support workers to work the next morning and for students to be able to return to classes as per normal.

“Parents can rest easy knowing that the government worked tirelessly to ensure their children remain in the classroom, where they belong, Lecce said in a press conference, adding that that there was “incremental success” in negotiations.

CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions said that wage increases were acquired and the existing sick leave plan will remain in place. The Council of Union’s president, Laura Walton, said that there will be a $20 million reinvestment in schools returning more employment to Ontario.

All the terms of the tentative agreement with the support staff will be kept confidential until formal ratification. As part of the deal, CUPE has agreed to stop all job action, including striking, or work to rule, until negotiations are complete.

Humber College sent an email to all students on Friday acknowledging that should a strike have occurred, there would be an impact on students with elementary and high school-aged children. They encouraged those students impacted to communicate with their professors for any missed work.

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