During the negotiations, Mariconda said that 90 percent of union members said they wanted to restore protection for all workers who reach 15 years of service, including those who reach it after December 31, 2019. The CUPE negotiations are over and an agreement has been reached. We are pleased to inform you that all TDSB schools will be open to students and staff on Monday, October 7, 2019. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. Laura Walton, President of the ONTARIO Union School Board of CUPE, apologized to parents and students for the time it took to reach an agreement. “Parents can rest on the fact that the government has worked tirelessly to keep their children in the classroom where they need to be,” education minister Stephen Lecce said, without giving concrete details of the new agreement, except to say it is “fair and reasonable.” The local agreement was reached after the province and cupE – which represents 55,000 education workers across Ontario – signed a central agreement last October to avoid a strike. The three-year interim agreement means that schools across the province were open on Mondays, as usual. The union will not disclose concrete details of the provisional scheme until CupE workers have had the opportunity to review its content and vote on the agreement. “Schools will be open tomorrow in Ontario,” Walton said, adding that all details of the agreement will not be made public until members review it. Premier Doug Ford made a brief statement after the preliminary agreement was announced, saying the government would “continue negotiations in good faith with all of our negotiating partners.” The news comes a week after the City and its external workers ratified a new collective agreement.
“I am pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached between the Crown, our government, CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) and the school board trust associations that keep children in the classroom,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce told reporters on Sunday night. An interim agreement has been reached.