Ontario education workers, not including teachers, in legal strike position November 3

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says their 55,000 education worker members in Ontario will be in a legal strike position as of November 3.

CUPE represents workers such as custodians, early childhood educators and administration staff, not teachers.

A conciliator has issued what’s known as a “no board report,” which the union requested on October 7, saying the talks were at an impasse.

The “no board report” sets a 17-day countdown to a legal strike position, but CUPE is still required to give five days’ notice of any job action.

CUPE has not said if education workers would engage in a full strike, start with a work-to-rule campaign, or take some other course of action.

Premier Doug Ford has warned education workers that he won’t budge on keeping classrooms free of disruptions.

Ford urged the members of CUPE not to force his hand when he was asked about a possible strike.

That means Ford is open to legislating workers back to work if they do go on strike.

CUPE is looking for annual salary increases of 11.7 per cent and the government in response has offered raises of two per cent a year for workers making less than $40,000 and 1.25 per cent for all other workers.

Education workers have made several other proposals, including overtime at two times the regular pay rate, 30 minutes of paid prep time per day for educational assistants and ECEs, an increase in benefits and professional development for all workers.

There are still three more days of talks scheduled, between Monday and Wednesday.

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