Ontario to repeal Bill 28 as talks continue with CUPE

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Ontario’s labour relations board says the provincial government has withdrawn its application to have a walkout by 55,000 education workers declared illegal.

The workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees walked off the job last Friday after the government passed legislation that imposed a contract and banned a strike.

On Monday, Premier Doug Ford promised to rescind the legislation if the workers ended their job action, and CUPE said employees would be back at work the next day.

CUPE members assert the premier “grossly overreached” in an effort to legislate education workers back into schools, and prevent striking – a dangerous precedent that sent shockwaves across the country, and drew criticism from PM Trudeau.

CUPE and the government returned to the bargaining table on Tuesday and negotiations are continuing.

 

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