More than two dozen school authorities were ready to close classes in the event of a strike. The news comes a week after the city and its outside workers ratified a new collective agreement. The Minister of Education has just announced that a preliminary agreement has been reached with CUPE. All schools are open on Mondays during normal opening hours. “I think the pressure we put in, the fact that we would be on strike — a complete withdrawal of services — made the difference this weekend,” Walton said. She continued: “We are grateful to CUPE employees and executives as well as parents, families and allies for their tremendous support throughout the central negotiation process. Their vocal support for public education, and in particular for our work, allowed us to reach an agreement without a strike. “Parents can count on the fact that the government has worked tirelessly to ensure that their children stay in the classroom where they need to be,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said, without giving concrete details of the new agreement, except to say it is “fair and reasonable.” “During this process, our goal was to reach agreements that respect taxpayers, students and families while recognizing the important contributions of our frontline education workers,” Premier Doug Ford said in a written statement. “Our government has worked tirelessly at the bargaining table to achieve this goal, and as a result, two million students will remain in the classroom where they need to be.” La Cupe`s working negotiations have been completed and an agreement has been reached. We are pleased to inform you that all TDSB schools will be open to students and staff on Monday, October 7, 2019. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
Premier Doug Ford made a brief statement after the interim agreement was announced, in which he said the government “will continue to negotiate in good faith with all of our negotiating partners.” “During this process, our goal was to reach agreements that respect taxpayers, students and families while recognizing the important contributions of our frontline education workers,” he wrote. READ MORE: Kingston parents frustrated by possible cupe strike in the short term The preliminary agreement, which has yet to be ratified by cupe members in 109 bargaining units, reinstates many of the cuts made earlier this year in education services. It includes investments in employment and services through an expanded fund for local priorities. CUPE education workers also keep their existing sick leave plan. . . .