Ontario Govt. To Enter private mediation with CUPE

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Ontario of Education, Stephen Lecce said on Friday that the government will enter negotiations with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) regarding the recent dispute between the two parties.

About 55,000 Ontario education workers such as administration staff, librarians, early childhood educators and custodians could soon be in a legal strike position.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has requested what’s known as a “no board” report, signalling that talks with the government are at an impasse. If the conciliator issues a no board report, it puts the union in a legal strike position in 17 days.

“We will do whatever it takes to keep students learning in-class without disruption, so that they can catch up on what matters: reading, writing and math,” Lecce said in a statement.

“That is why we are pleased to enter private mediation with CUPE and the Council of Trustees’ Associations starting Monday, October 17, demonstrating the government’s determination to keep kids in-class.

We will never waver from our belief that students must be in class for the entire school year, surrounded by their friends, learning the life and job skills that will help them catch up.”

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