While 55,000 education workers will be in a legal strike position on September 30th, the Hastings-Prince Edward District School Board is hopeful an agreement will be worked out.
Janitorial staff, education assistants and secretaries are among the workers that could go on strike as a way to fight back against the cuts being made by the provincial government.
“Central negotiations are ongoing with this employee group, with local negotiations set to begin in mid-October,” Communications Manager with the school board Kerry Donnell says. She explains that if a strike is called for, five days notice must be given. Donnell adds that there have been no words locally or provincially that a strike could be happening.
CUPE President Laura Walton said earlier this month that they believe the cuts being made to education in Ontario will compromise the quality of education in the province.