Education Workers Union Votes To Take Strike Action If Needed

CUPE Members Vote 93% In Favour of Strike Action

An education workers union has overwhelmingly voted to take strike action.

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees say 93 per cent of its 55,000 members voted in favour of job action, which means the union representing education workers could be in a legal strike position as of September 30th.

In Simcoe County, CUPE Local 1310 represents custodial and maintenance workers at the Simcoe County District School Board. Its members voted on September 7th at locations in Barrie, Orillia, and Elmvale. CUPE Local 3987 represents custodial staff at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Bargaining between the union and Ontario Government continues in the hopes of avoiding a strike, but some members have expressed concerns over recent changes to the education system in Ontario; the Ford Government has implemented a number of changes, including increases to class sizes.