Parents of special needs children stress as CUPE education workers give notice of Monday strike


If CUPE workers strike, I won't be able to work.

One Niagara parent is expressing her concerns following news that 55,000 education workers, including Educational Assistants, may strike Monday.

She says her son, who has autism, won't be safe at school without his EA.

Chrissy Sadowski, who works at Bell Media Niagara, says the impact on families across Ontario will be massive as she is not the only one in the situation.

She is trying to hire someone to watch her son during school hours, but most of those people have full-time positions.

Sadowski says she will most likely have to stay home to care for her son.

Meantime, it's not clear if kindergarten classes will continue if there is a strike since an Early Childhood Educator is placed with a teacher in classrooms.

We found out today that CUPE, which represents about 55-thousand support workers, says it's given five days notice of its intention to stop work on Monday.
Members began a work-to-rule campaign this week, after contract talks with the provincial government broke down over the weekend.

CUPE says it's willing to go back to the bargaining table to avoid a full strike.

The District School Board of Niagara says they are gathering information and planning for all contingencies and will have an update for parents by the end of the week.