MUSKOKA - The 55,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike.
CUPE will be in a legal strike position on Sept. 30. We asked the Trillium Lakelands District School Board how this might affect Muskoka schools and students.
Catherine Shedden, TLDSB manager of corporate communications, said that according to Board Chair Louise Clodd central negotiations are being monitored.
“We have not been provided with any additional information about potential job action by CUPE, and for now, it is business as usual in our schools,” Clodd said.
The union said that while they will be bargaining to avoid a strike, CUPE is concerned with what they see as cuts to the education system by Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government.
Members are particularly concerned about increased class sizes, online learning models and a reduction in the number of educators.