Monday, February 26, 2024

Education workers and supporters call on province for better deal

Date:

Ottawa, November: Education workers and supporters rallied in an Ottawa suburb on Saturday, pushing for a better contract from the provincial government for CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees).

“Bill 28 still needs to be repealed, we were made a promise and that needs to get done,” said Jessica Sheahan, an early childhood educator who is also the regional strike committee lead in Ottawa. “We were hoping for that to be immediate, but Monday it is and we want a fair deal for our students and our workers.

This week, Premier Doug Ford promised to revoke Bill 28, which banned a strike and imposed a contract. While education workers have returned to the job, the union says its fight for a fair deal isn’t over.

Meanwhile, solidarity rallies were held across the province including outside Ford’s constituency office.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce declined to comment Saturday.

A spokesperson for Ford has said new legislation to repeal the education worker bill will be introduced on Monday.

A statement from CUPE said in part, “The central bargaining committee, made up of frontline education workers from across Ontario, is currently in mediation with the singular focus of negotiating a collective agreement that meets the needs of students, parents, and workers.”

Michaela Ferguson took part in the solidarity rally on Saturday to support her family and the education assistant in her nephew’s classroom.

“He’s in a special classroom so having the support there allows him to get to school and for my sister to be able to work as well,” she said.

Those in the schools said supporting these workers is critical.

Discussions

Discussions

Punjabi Khurki
Punjabi Khurki
Punjab is no longer just a state but a State of Mind: A way to live!! ...So Let's Burrraaah with Punjabi Khurki!

Share post:

Subscribe

Advertisementspot_img
Advertisementspot_img

Popular

More like this
Related

ED chief Sanjay Mishra gets tenure extension from SC till September 15

New Delhi, July 27: The Supreme Court on Thursday...

Patiala tops list of villages hit by recent floods; 27,286 evacuations carried out

Chandigarh, July 27: The State Government machinery has been...

Mann slams Modi govt, seeks President’s Rule in Manipur

New Delhi/ Chandigarh, July 27: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant...

All pet shops, dog breeders in Punjab be registered with Animal Welfare Board

Chandigarh, July 27: In a bid to ensure the...