Today our government introduced the Keeping Students in Class Act 2022, that will ensure students across the province remain in the classroom, where they belong.
Over the past decades, especially true over the last two-three years, more of the same union-driven disruptions along with the pandemic have kept kids out of class without report cards or the extracurricular activities they want and need, including sports and clubs.
Now, CUPE wants to extend this hardship by imposing a strike starting on Friday, unless the Ontario taxpayer capitulates on their unaffordable demand for a nearly 50% increase in compensation.
We will stand-up for students and act to protect in-class learning.
Our government and this Premier are delivering on our promise to parents and students to ensure children remain in the classroom, through to the end of the year, so they can catch-up on their studies and get back to the basics of learning.
Keeping Students in Class Act 2022:
- Ensure stability for students and parents through a four-year contract, enabling a refocus of the education system on learning loss, mental and physical health.
- Increase CUPE education workers salaries by 2.5% (increased from 2%) for those who earn below $43,000 (increased from $40,000) for each year of the contract.
- Increase CUPE education workers salaries by 1.5% (increased from 1.25%) for employees who earn over $43,000 for each year of the contract.
- Increase benefit contributions resulting in a $6,120 annual contribution per employee by August 31, 2026.
- Strengthen the integrity of 120 days of short term disability leave, while maintaining one of the most generous pension and benefits programs in the country.