CUPE becomes second education union to request early start to bargaining

The union representing 55,000 school board support staff across Ontario has filed notice to start contract bargaining early, becoming the province’s second education union to do so.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees sent a formal request on Friday, after the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation did so on Monday.

CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions bargains for workers in all four systems — English and French, public and Catholic — and is warning of difficult talks ahead.

“With services under threat from this government’s cuts to education, our negotiations take on special significance as a means of defending what’s under attack,” said Laura Walton, president of the board council, adding she “expects it to be a tough round.”

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