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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Hamilton, Ontario - November 3, 2022
The 55,000 members of CUPE’s Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU) – early childhood educators, custodians, maintenance and library workers, educational assistants, secretaries, IT professionals – play a huge part in our children's education. But they are also the lowest-paid education workers, earning, on average, just $39,000 a year.
We are hugely grateful for the work they do despite the lack of adequate government funding and support. However, it is clearly evident based on recent events that this government does not respect education workers. Rather than continuing with contract negotiations, this government would rather keep many workers in poverty.
However, this is more than a fight for fair wages. It's about collective bargaining and all other rights we are afforded which the government thinks it can remove.
On October 31st, Minister Stephen Lecce introduced Bill 28 which preemptively prohibits these workers’ right to strike, imposes massive fines, imposes four-year long collective agreements, and invokes the notwithstanding clause to preclude any legal action against the Ford government.
This legislative attack on workers’ constitutional right to fair collective bargaining is wholly unfair and undemocratic.
We are shocked and outraged at the blatant disrespect this government is showing to the ones helping to keep our schools safe and open.
Education workers, families and students all deserve better.
Balance Support and Self Care Studios stands in solidarity with education workers.
Their working conditions are our children’s learning conditions!
For more information, please contact our team at balanceSSCS@gmail.com
Balance Support & Self Care Studios was created with parents and caregivers of individuals with diverse needs in mind. We recognize the value of the staff and community. We are committed to striving for excellence through inclusiveness, team collaboration, quality of services, and the participation and contributions of volunteers and community members. To learn more, please check out our website
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