CUPE education workers vote in favour of new contract

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CUPE education workers have voted to ratify a new central collective agreement.

President of CUPE's Ontario School Board Council of Unions Laura Walton says, "We are pleased that CUPE members have ratified an agreement that restores the tens of thousands of services hours for Ontario students cut by the Ford government earlier this year."

The vote came as 55,000 union members including custodians, early childhood educators, and clerical staff were poised to go on strike before a deal was reached with the province.

If the strike had happened, representatives for two dozen school boards had indicated schools would have closed their doors due to safety concerns.

Meanwhile, Ontario's public elementary school teachers voted 98% in favour of strike action last week if negotations with the province go poorly.

Members of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation will begin holding strike votes this month.