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Education workers look to be headed for a strike

TORONTO, ON – The union representing education workers in Ontario says its members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a potential strike.

CUPE received a “no-board” notice from the ministry of labour yesterday and will be in a legal strike position on Monday September 30th.

The notice was sent to all education workers of the Trillium Lakeland District School Board, which includes schools in Haliburton County and Muskoka. The notice was also sent to the Near North District School Board that administers schools in Parry Sound.

By the end of the month up to 55,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees that represent Education Workers said they could be on strike.

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CUPE said the strike vote was 93 per cent in favour as members fight back against cuts to education by the Ford government.

The President of CUPE’s bargaining unit says members are prepared to walk off the job in order to push back against what they see as cuts that will compromise the quality of education in Ontario’s schools.

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