CUPE To Strike Monday – Some School Boards Already Planning To Close Schools

The union representing Ontario’s education workers plans to return to the bargaining table on Friday in efforts to head off a potential strike. CUPE gave notice yesterday that the 55,000 custodians, clerical workers and early childhood educators that it represents will walk off the job starting Monday. Ontario’s education minister called on the union to resume contract negotiations, which the union had said it was prepared to do and last night, CUPE agreed to do so.

The strike threat has prompted some Ontario school boards to start warning of disruptions and possible closures. The theme is hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Announcements about formal plans are expected today. The Waterloo Region Catholic District School Board is already planning to close schools. In a statement the board says, “At WCDSB we do not currently control the decisions regarding the strike or its remedy. Since there is a possibility that schools may be closed for an indefinite period of time, we recommend that you immediately begin making alternate plans for the care of your children, in the event that the strike proceeds.”

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan