The Bigger Picture – education workers deal and the Emergency Act

By Rosalind Russell – Deal reached with education workers

The union representing 55-thousand educational support workers will be releasing results of its contract vote later this morning.

The tentative agreement with the province, reached two weeks ago, avoided a strike that would have shut down many school boards across the province.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has recommended their members accept the four-year deal, which contains yearly increases averaging 3.59 percent.

But its leadership has said it’s disappointed the government did not move on demands for more educational assistants and special education teachers in the schools.

Support for Emergency Act usage

A recent poll shows the majority of Canadians support the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act, to deal with the occupation of downtown Ottawa and blockades at border crossings in Ontario and Alberta.

The survey, done by Nanos Research for CTV, shows 66 percent of those asked at least somewhat supported the use of the act.

Support was highest in Atlantic Canada, and lowest on the prairies.

Forty-six percent of those surveyed felt the protesters left them with the worst impressions, while 23 percent said the federal government.

The poll was done after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appearance before the committee looking into the matter.

Photo: A deal has been struck between the province and education workers. CUPE Logo

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