The Canadian Union of Public Employees is now asking thousands of education support workers in Ontario to accept a tentative contract offer from the Ford government, contradicting earlier comments from a key member of the bargaining team.
When the union agreed to accept a four-year contract offer from the Ford government on Nov. 20 — narrowly averting a planned strike that would have closed schools province-wide — the bargaining committee signalled its unease with the deal.
“I don’t like this deal,” said Laura Walton with the Ontario School Board Council of Unions, which represents 55,000 custodians, librarians, early childhood educators, and clerical staff.
“As a mom, I don’t like this deal. As a worker, I don’t like this deal. As the president of the OSBCU, I understand why this is the deal that’s on the table. I think it falls short and I think it’s terrible that we live in a world that doesn’t see the need to provide services to kids that they need.”