Tens of thousands of student parents in Ontario
Canada’s largest province, are finally relieved on Monday
as the school’s teaching assistants scheduled
to start the strike on Monday will not happen.
After intense negotiations over the past few days
CUPE, a union representing 55,000 teaching assistants
finally reached a new labor agreement with the
Ontario Department of Education on Sunday night
Although this collective bargaining agreement still needs to be
approved by the members of the Employees’ Union
the faculty strikes that were scheduled
to begin on Monday have been avoided.
The union confirmed that the new collective bargaining agreement
not only brought moderate wage growth to union members
but also saved the benefits that
the school board had been trying to cut.
The supplementary trade union is just one of
several trade unions in the Ontario school system.
Other trade unions also need to negotiate a new labor agreement
with the Ontario Government Education Department.
Ford, the governor of the Conservative Party of Ontario, said on Sunday evening that
his government would negotiate a labor agreement with several other school unions
with a positive attitude of solving problems through negotiations.