Education Workers Accept Four-year Deal with $1 Hourly Wage Increase
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has announced it has accepted the four-year deal presented by the government. This brings an end to a long negotiation process that has caused several problems for both school staff and students. According to the union, 73 percent of the 55,000 members of CUPE voted to accept the deal.
Education workers and the government have been trying to negotiate a deal that entails better wages, job security, and funding for infrastructure and staffing. Prior to the latest deal, the government presented the CUPE with multiple deals that the union rejected. Education workers walked off their posts on more than one occasion leading to learning disruptions.
Finally, the government offered a four-year deal that would offer a flat $1 hourly wage increase or about 3.59 percent annually. The CUPE considered the deal and said it will take till December 5 to give its answer. Now, the union has announced its members have accepted the deal after 73 percent voted in favor of it. The union represents 55,000 education workers across Ontario and it shared that 41,559 people participated in the ratification vote.
The statement sent by the union reads, “For the first time in a decade, education workers have achieved a collective agreement that did not impose terms through legislation.”