The new resolution includes a one-dollar per hour wage increase over four years. Image: CUPE-OSBCU/CUPE 7575
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The 55,000 union members will have until Dec. 5 to vote on ratification of the proposed four-year contract

Negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ford government resumed after the Nov. 16 strike notice filed by CUPE’s Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU). The two parties reached a tentative deal on Nov. 20.

In a joint statement published on Nov. 22, President of CUPE National Mark Hancock and Secretary-Treasurer Candace Bennick congratulated the OSBCU bargaining committee for achieving a “breakthrough wage settlement,” which includes a one-dollar per hour wage increase over four years. For the lowest-paid employees, this represents an increase in earnings by 4.2 per cent.

In addition, the agreement states that education workers will be repaid lost wages for the two days of protest on Nov. 4 and Nov. 7.

Though, Hancock and Bennick said they were unable to “achieve all [education workers] sought in this round — namely, funding for additional, much-needed services.”

Voting to ratify the new resolution will conclude on Dec. 5, with results to be announced the following day.


  • Yannick Mutombo is the News Associate at the Fulcrum. He recently graduated with an Honours B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in English from the University of Ottawa, and is currently pursuing opportunities in journalism and freelance writing. His interests include, but aren't limited to, people watching; an affinity to oversleeping; establishing soft deadlines. You can find him on Instagram: @thenotoriousself