Ontario school support staff reach tentative contract extension agreement

An empty classroom on Sept. 5, 2014. (Jonathan Hayward/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Ontario’s Liberal government has reached a tentative two-year contract extension deal with school support staff, which would ensure a measure of labour peace through the next election.

The Ministry of Education announced Saturday evening that it had reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents 55,000 support staff.

The current contracts with CUPE and the teachers’ unions are set to expire in August, so if ratified, CUPE’s deal would last until August 2019 – well after the June 2018 election.

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