While many of us were giving thanks with our families over the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaders within CUPE and from school boards from throughout Ontario were keeping busy.

President of CUPE 1022 Joanne White explains that a leadership meeting was held over the weekend in Toronto. The terms to the tentative contract between CUPE and the provincial government were accepted by those leaders on behalf of the over 55,000 education workers they represent.

White says the next step is the ratification vote that will be held over the next two weeks. She says Local 1022 will be voting tomorrow at noon and again at 6 PM. If the terms of the new contract are approved by members, local negations will begin. White says that it will all be about contract wording since the financial side of things is handled by the central table.

While she isn’t able to talk about the specifics of the contract until the ratification vote is tallied, she says it was a no concession agreement, meaning they lost nothing from their previous contract. “There were some small gains,” she adds. White says a “violence pice” will be in the new contract. “It will be beneficial for all employees,” she says. “It will be beneficial for them to learn how to handle those situations.”

Local CUPE groups have until November 1st to vote on whether or not they accept the terms of the contract.