School is on today, CUPE and province reach a deal

CKTB- News- School strike avoided

Children in Niagara will be going to school today, now that a deal has been reached between CUPE representing education support workers and the province.

The deal averts a potential strike scheduled to begin today that would have closed hundreds of Ontario schools, including schools with the DSBN and Niagara Catholic.

Officials with CUPE, representing 55,000 custodians, educational assistants, and clerical staff reached the deal with the province just hours before the midnight deadline.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he remains optimistic about ongoing contract talks with elementary and secondary teachers.

He says the province has learned  important lessons that  can be applied to the other negotiations.

Ratification votes will be held before the end of the month.