“We are pleased that CUPE members have ratified an agreement that restores the tens of thousands of hours of service to Ontario students cut by the Ford government earlier this year,” said Laura Walton, President of CUPE`s Ontario Union School Board (OSBCU), which conducted centralized negotiations on behalf of 55,000 CUPE members. “Our unique goal in this process was to keep students in the classroom and to provide predictability and safety for parents, students and educators,” said Stephen Lecce, Ontario`s Minister of Education. “This agreement demonstrates that our government is in a position to reach agreements with our working partners, and reaffirms the importance of all parties staying at the negotiating table and taking a reasonable approach to the negotiation process.” If you have questions about your rights in the workplace, the best person you can talk to is your steward or local leader. You will know the details of your agreement. All CUPE members work under the protection of a collective agreement called a collective agreement. Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve workplace issues. If you want a copy of your collective agreement on paper, talk to your trustee. If you don`t know who your administrator is or how to contact your office, contact the CUPE office near you.
Jeremy Hobbs, Superintendent of Personnel and Operational Services, said after this week`s printing deadline for this week`s chief: “The Upper Canada District School Board is receiving significant additional funding under the CUPE agreement obtained through negotiations at the provincial level. We assume that these funds will be used to offset some of the staff reductions in the 2019-20 budget procedure. We anticipate that this new funding will increase the number of CUPE employees, but we will meet in the coming weeks with our local CUPE representatives to discuss how these funds will be used. Negotiations at the local level are not yet complete. The three-year collective agreement between CUPE and the province will take effect retroactively on September 1, 2019 and expire on August 31, 2022. The loss will result in a drastic reduction in benefits in the coming school year, especially for children with special needs, Airhart said. “I am concerned that parents are not yet realizing the impact on their children of the loss of the people who support the education of the students. Every job lost represents important services that UCDSB students will not have next year. In addition, the Board`s budget for the new contract of nearly US$773K for specialty educators and 671K for so-called “other human resources” as part of the funding of investments in systemic priorities.
CUPE Local 5678 represents 1,300 animators, animators, office workers, computer scientists, early childhood educators and teaching assistants. The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents more than 55,000 employees of Ontario school boards, including the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, said 79 per cent of members approved the new contract.