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    Union representing 55,000 Ontario school board workers triggers move to allow strike action by end of September

    Union representing 55,000 Ontario school board workers triggers move to allow strike action by end of September

    The union representing the majority of workers in Ontario schools has triggered a move that would allow them to stage a work-to-rule or strike by the end of September.

    Laura Walton, the president of the education council of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, said she hopes the move will “kickstart some meaningful conversations” because bargaining with school boards is going nowhere.

    CUPE asked the conciliator on Thursday for a “no-board” report, which starts a countdown toward a legal strike or lockout.

    Walton said she estimates the 55,000 CUPE members will be in a legal position to stage job actions the week of Sept. 23. That could include a work-to-rule, rotating strikes or a full strike.

    That doesn’t mean there will be job action, though. Negotiations are scheduled to continue Sept. 16 and Sept. 17, and Walton said she hopes more dates can be added.

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