Ratification ballots begin for Ontario CUPE training workers

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More than 50,000 education workers in Ontario will begin voting today on whether to accept a tentative deal their union reached with the provincial government over the weekend.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has said the four-year contract comes with a $1 per hour wage increase. hour each year, or about 3.59 percent annually for the average worker.

But Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, has said she doesn’t like the deal because it doesn’t come with new guarantees on staffing levels.

Ratification votes start today and continue until December 5.

CUPE has said the result of the vote will be announced the following day, December 6.

If CUPE’s members vote to reject the deal, the parties can go back to the table and CUPE can issue another strike notice.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2022.

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