CUPE reaches tentative deal with province - schools open tomorrow
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the province reached an agreement at the last minute on Sunday after a weekend of negotiations, CUPE says.
CUPE, which represents 55,000 workers, staged a two-day walkout earlier this month. The province promised to repeal legislation that imposed a contract on its members and banned their right to strike.
The union set a deadline of 5 p.m. today for CUPE and the province to reach a labour deal.
CUPE, which represents educational assistants and custodians, recently agreed on a 3.59 percent wage increase but is still fighting for higher staffing levels.
CUPE-OSBCU president Laura Walton says “The tentative agreement includes a flat-rate wage increase, instead of a percentage. This tentative agreement is nowhere near everything education workers and kids deserve, however it’s all this government is willing give," she said.
No other details were released.