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CUPE Workers Back on Picket Line

By Randy Thoms Nov 7, 2022 | 8:23 AM

A strike by the province’s education workers continues.

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees are expected to be back picketing in front of MPP constituency offices today.

The educational assistants, school librarians, custodians and office staff walked off the job on Friday to back demands for a new contract.

They also did so in defiance of Bill 28, passed at the Queen’s Park to prevent the work stoppage and impose a new four-year contract on them.

President Fred Hahn says their fight with the Ford government is far from over.

We know that we cannot have a government that legislates an entire collective agreement, tries to remove our rights under the Constitution, tries to aside the human rights code, tries to set aside the Labour Relations Act,” says Hahn.

The walk-out has gone before the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

The government contends the strike is illegal given the passage of Bill 28.

A hearing continued until Sunday. A decision could come down as early as today.

Both Premier Doug Ford and the union have called media conferences for this morning.


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