Nov 03, 2022
By Jane Brown
Friday’s planned strike by the province’s 55,000 CUPE education workers is expected to become even larger.
We’ve learned that the 8000 education workers represented by OPSEU, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, will walk off the job Friday in solidarity with their CUPE counterparts.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce continues to plead with CUPE leaders to call off their strike so negotiations can resume.
At the same time, Lecce says legislation which would impose a contract on education workers and make their strike illegal will pass in the legislature Thursday.
CUPE leadership is being equally as firm. President Laura Walton says the strike will go ahead Friday and continue indefinitely until there is a negotiated settlement.
If the strike goes as planned, all schools in the GTA will close, with the exception of elementary and secondary schools in the Halton District School Board.