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OPSBA in the Media, October 2019

2019 10/2 | Connects Page, OPSBA in the Media

OPSBA Statement Regarding Minister Lecce’s Secondary Class Size Announcement
OPSBA Media Release, Oct. 24, 2019

CTA and the Provincial Government Reach a Tentative Agreement with CUPE
OPSBA Media Release, Oct. 6, 2019

Hundreds of Ontario public high school teachers laid off, so far
The Toronto Star, Oct. 28, 2019
Hundreds of public high school teachers across the province have been laid off from their full-time jobs, numbers obtained by the Star show.
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Class sizes ‘unworkable’ – union official
North Bay Nugget, Oct. 26, 2019
Glen Hodgson wants to know how the province is deciding how many students should be in a classroom.
“Are these just random numbers? First they pick 28 students per class and now it’s down to 25. Why not 26? or 27? or 22?”
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Ford government’s offer to lower class sizes called misleading by union
Breakfast Television, Oct. 25, 2019
The Ford government has proposed lowering class sizes in contract talks with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.
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Ontario government partially backtracks on expanded high school class sizes
Canadian Press, Oct. 24, 2019
TORONTO – The union representing Ontario’s high school teachers described a proffered olive branch as a “poison pill” on Thursday, saying the government only told half the story when it offered to partially walk back a proposed increase to class sizes.
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Ontario backtracks on increase to high school class sizes
CTV News, Oct. 24, 2019
TORONTO — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is backing away from its plan to raise class sizes in provincial high schools in a bid to avert a potential strike by secondary school teachers.
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Tories offer to lower hike on high school classes to 25 students
The Toronto Star, Oct. 24, 2019
The Progressive Conservative government is watering down its demand for larger class sizes in Ontario high schools, but adding a “poison pill” that the teachers’ union warns it cannot swallow.
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Sudbury letters: Be sure to vote Monday; seniors, casinos and no planning; plan is garbage
Sudbury Star, Oct. 20, 2019
As Canadians, we are privileged to live in a stable, peaceful country. Perhaps because of that, far too many of us take our rights for granted and do not vote.
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Ontario high school teachers approach negotiations in new, transparent way
The Toronto Star, Oct. 12, 2019
Want to know what Ontario’s high school teachers are seeking in their contract with the province and school boards? Or what the Doug Ford government is proposing in return?
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Schools open Monday as tentative deal reached between Province, CUPE
Canadian Press, Oct. 7, 2019
The province and the union representing 55,000 education workers reached a tentative deal in weekend contract talks, averting a strike that could have shut down schools in various parts of Ontario.
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Deal reached, Peterborough schools to stay open
Peterborough Examiner, Oct. 7, 2019
A deal reached late Sunday has averted a strike that threatened to close Peterborough-area schools Monday.
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School strike averted as CUPE, province reach tentative deal for support staff
The Toronto Star, Oct. 7, 2019
Class is not dismissed.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees and the provincial government managed to reach a tentative deal Sunday night – meaning no strike by 55,000 caretakers, educational assistants, early childhood educators and office staff.
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Deal reached! Schools open Monday
Bay Today, Oct. 6, 2019
Parents are breathing a big sigh of relief as contract negotiations between the provincial government and the union representing Ontario’s education workers reached a tentative agreement this evening.
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Ontario education workers reach deal with province, averting Monday school strike
CBC News, Oct. 6, 2019
Some 55,000 education workers in Ontario will not strike Monday after successful last-minute contract talks with the provincial government, according to Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
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Schools will remain open as CUPE and province reach tentative deal avoiding strike
Daily Hive, Oct. 6, 2019
Toronto schools will remain open on Monday morning, as CUPE and the provincial government have reached a tentative settlement.
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Strike averted as education workers reach last-minute tentative agreement
Guelph Today, Oct. 6, 2019
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the CTA and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.
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Breaking: Tentative deal means Niagara schools are open Monday
Niagara Now, Oct. 6, 2019
The schools of both the public and the Catholic boards in Niagara will be open Monday, after proviniclal negotiators and the Canadian Union of Public Employees reached a tentative deal Sunday evening.
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Strike averted as education workers reach last-minute tentative agreement
Orillia Matters, Oct. 6, 2019
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the CTA and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.
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Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the Provincial Government Reach a Tentative Agreement with CUPE 
Port Stanley News, Oct. 6, 2019
Toronto, October 6, 2019 – The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA)
is pleased to announce that the CTA and the provincial government have successfully
negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.
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Rising rate of sick leave emerges as key issue as school strike looms
Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 4, 2019
The number of days CUPE support staff in Ontario schools book off sick has increased by nearly 20 per cent in the past three years, according to associations representing school boards.The boards released the data to this newspaper as the issue of sick-leave pay emerged as a key issue in contract negotiations between CUPE, the province’s school boards and the provincial government.
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Ontario CUPE Education Workers Give Strike Notice
Huffington Post, Oct. 2, 2019
TORONTO — Non-teaching staff at Ontario’s schools could walk off the job as early as Monday.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario School Board Council of Unions gave five-day strike action notice Wednesday.
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Schools prepare, as CUPE support-staff strike set for Oct. 7
The Toronto Star, Oct. 2, 2019
Ontario schools are bracing for a strike by 55,000 caretakers, office staff, early childhood educators and educational assistants who are set to hit the picket lines Monday unless a deal can be worked out in time.
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‘GREAT CONCERN’: CUPE education workers set to launch full strike
Toronto Sun, Oct. 2, 2019
The union representing 55,000 education workers across the province says it is preparing to go on strike Monday.
CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn said they are in conversation with other education unions and ideally teachers would not cross their picket lines.
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A big snag in labour talks: Boards want CUPE to take less pay for sick leave
CBC Metro Morning, Oct. 1, 2019
Cathy Abraham, President of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, says the absentee rate of CUPE members is higher than in “comparable sectors” and “it creates a hardship in school for student(s”‘. She says they could manage the absentee rate better if there were a decrease in the “very generous” rate at which CUPE employees are paid while sick …

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