Possible school strike on Monday

By Rosalind Russell – Education Minister Stephen Lecce is urging the Canadian Union of Public Employees to return to the bargaining table.

The union has issued another strike call, setting next Monday for 55-thousand educational support workers to hit the picket lines.

Lecce says the government is committed to a negotiated settlement, and will not bring back controversial legislation to force the employees back to their jobs.

Union president Laura Walton says they’ve managed to agree on wages, an increase averaging 3.59 percent.

But she says the province is refusing to budge on other issues, especially staffing levels.

The employees include custodians, teaching aides, and special-needs teachers.

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