The three-year interim agreement means that schools across the province were open on Mondays, as usual. Toronto, ON – An interim agreement has been reached between Local 79 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Local 79) and the City of Toronto. The new agreement provides services to Ontario students and improves the working lives of 55,000 teaching workers who are present in centralized negotiations by CUPE`s Ontario School Board of Unions (OSBCU). The agreement also puts an end to the current industrial action by CUPE education workers and prevents a national strike that could have started on Monday. TORONTO – A strike that reportedly shut down hundreds of schools across Ontario was averted Sunday night when the province reached a preliminary agreement with the union representing thousands of education workers. Negotiators reached an interim agreement after several days of 24-hour negotiations, before a deadline of 12:01 .m this morning. “I am pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached between the Crown, our government, CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) and the school board trust associations that keep children in the classroom,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce told reporters on Sunday night. Update: May 24, 2020 Preliminary agreements (April) with the Secondary Education Teachers` Federation (OSSTF) have been ratified by the Ontario Public Schools Association (OPSBA) and the union. Update: June 26, 2020 The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has voted to ratify a local agreement with the 17,700 education workers represented by the local Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 4400. This local agreement was also ratified by CUPE Local 4400.
Read more. Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce speaks at a press conference to announce a preliminary agreement with CUPE in Toronto, Sunday, October 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston Until members have had an opportunity to review and vote on the preliminary agreement, no details will be published and CUPE Local 79 will not comment on the content of the agreement. TORONTO — The City of Toronto and the union representing its more than 20,000 workers have reached a preliminary agreement that prevents a possible work stoppage.