House back in session this morning to avoid strike

By Rosalind Russell – The union representing 55-thousand educational support workers say they will walk off the job, as scheduled, on Friday, if a new contract agreement isn’t reached.

That’s despite provincial legislation keeping them on the job.

The union says what happens after Friday is up in the air.

The province has introduced a bill that compels the union to accept the government’s latest offer, 2.5 percent more for those earning under 43-thousand dollars a year, and 1.5 percent for everyone else.

The union had been demanding an 11.7 percent wage hike.

The bill uses the notwithstanding clause, a rarely-used measure that exempts it from the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

CUPE President Fred Hahn calls it a “monstrous overreach.”

Our MPPs are already back in session, considering the bill, after the government called for the resumption of debate at 5 this morning.

Photo: MPPS are back at Queen’s Park this morning debating a rarely-used measure that exempts the provincial government from the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms to prevent a strike by education workers. Photo –

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