Schools Stay Open After Union and Province Strike Deal

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Schools across Ontario are open Monday after the province and the union that represents education workers reached a tentative deal, avoiding a strike deadline by just hours.

The government negotiated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees all weekend in order to reach a collective agreement, bargaining until just hours before the midnight strike deadline.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the tentative agreement around 9pm Sunday.

CUPE says it was able to secure modest wage increases and maintain its existing sick leave plan, a sticking point for the school trustees.

A strike would have seen 55,000 education workers take to the picket lines while hundreds of schools shut their doors.

Ratifications votes are now being planned for later this month.

 

— With files from The Canadian Press