CUPE and its 715,000 members nationwide will continue fighting to ensure the 55,000 members in the education sector in Ontario get a fair deal that works for students, parents, and workers.

The Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), representing CUPE’s education workers in Ontario, have served strike notice, and say they are ready to walk the picket line in the fight for the important services for parents and students, and the workers who provide them – and our national union is ready to stand with them.

“When this government underfunds education, it’s parents, kids, and the workers who look after them who pay the price. That has to stop,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “We need a deal that gets workers the respect and the pay increase they need and deserve, and a deal that delivers the services kids and parents expect – and we’re going to back our members to the finish line to make sure they get it.”

Hancock and National Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick are on the ground in Toronto supporting efforts to get a deal.

“After a decade of austerity and legislated poverty by successive governments, education workers in Ontario are due for a fair agreement, and we’re going to stand by our members until they get it,” said Rennick. “Our door is open. We’re here and we’re ready to get a deal.”