TORONTO — Ontario is proposing to give education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees who make less than $40,000 a two-per-cent raise per year.
For workers who earn over that amount, the government proposes giving them raises of 1.25 per cent each year of a four-year deal.
CUPE — which represents 55,000 workers including early childhood educators, school administration workers, bus drivers and custodians — has published the government’s first offer to them in contract negotiations.
Deals for the five major education unions expire Aug. 31 and the terms of the first deal struck in a round of bargaining often set the standard for the rest.
CUPE has asked the province for annual wage increases of 11.7 per cent — or $3.25 per hour — arguing workers’ wages have been restricted over the last decade and inflation is expected to rise further.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says in a statement that the government’s proposal is reasonable, fair and provides stability.
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