Terri Preston, chair of CUPE's Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) President Fred Hahn addresses the media at the DoubleTree Hotel in Toronto January 5, 2013. (QMI Agency/DAVE ABEL)
TORONTO - Union leaders representing school support staff across Ontario have approved a tentative deal reached with the province last week.
The 400-or-so Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) leaders of Ontario’s school board sector voted to accept the agreement Saturday morning. It will now be sent on to the union’s 55,000 members — school staff such as teachers’ assistants, early childhood educators, lunchroom supervisors, custodians, secretaries and library staff - for ratification.
Education minister Laurel Broten has given the membership a deadline of Jan. 14 to decide on the tentative deal. After that, a contract could be imposed on them.