English-language schools will stay away on Monday – Morrisburg Leader
BROCKVILLE/KEMPTVILLE — English-language school boards in the region will be closed on Monday, forcing students to follow distance learning.
Since November 4, the Canadian Union of Public Employees has been on strike in what the union calls a political protest against the Ontario government’s passage of Bill 28. The bill prohibited 55 000 union employees to strike and imposed a four-year contract. Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, known as the notwithstanding clause, was invoked by the government.
In a message to families Nov. 6, the Upper Canada District School Board said schools will be closed Nov. 7 and students will learn from home remotely. Mo additional closing days have been released by the council, but union and council sources tell the leader schools are likely to be closed until Wednesday at the earliest.
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has also closed its schools and moved to remote learning. CDSBEO officials wrote Sunday that its schools would be closed indefinitely.
Both councils say that without custodians, education workers and other staff represented by CUPE, schools cannot be open for safe learning.
The union has been without a contract since the end of August. Wage negotiations have stalled, with the union demanding an 11% raise for its workers. The government is proposing a series of two-tier increases of 2.5% for workers earning less than $43,000 a year and 1.5% for those earning more than that.
More than one million students are currently out of school due to the labor problem. Following the passage of Bill 28, the government asked the Ontario Labor Relations Board to stop industrial action.
The labor action and previous government legislation are unpopular with Ontarians, especially with respect to the government’s handling of the education crisis.
According to a November 6 poll by polling firm Abacus Data, of those polled by the company, 62% blamed Premier Doug Ford and his government for the current situation, and 71% want the government to negotiate a deal. fairly with education workers.
Almost half (48 per cent) of respondents said they supported other public sector unions joining industrial action, while 32 per cent said they were against such action. Twenty percent answered unsure.
Regarding the Ford government’s use of the notwithstanding clause, 50% said they opposed it.
Although the government’s handling of the situation is unpopular, 57% of those polled said they would be more likely to vote for the PC or that their support for the party would not have changed if an election were held now.
The OLRB concluded Sunday around 6 p.m. three days of hearings on the legality of the strike movement.
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