The 55,000 Ontario education workers who walked off the job for two days at the start of November will be paid in full for the days they missed and not face any disciplinary action, government and union officials have confirmed.
On Nov. 4 and Nov. 7, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers hit picket lines across Ontario in what the union termed a “political protest” against provincial legislation.
Generally, two days of strike action would result in no pay from school boards to union members.
However, as part of a tentative deal agreed to by CUPE and the province, education workers will still receive pay for the days of work they missed.
“Your bargaining committee managed to secure repayment for the two days of political protest you were forced to undertake as a result of Bill 28,” CUPE’s national president and secretary-treasurer said in a letter to members.