Ontario’s university faculty and academic librarians stand in solidarity with the 55,000 Ontario elementary and high school education workers as they prepare for legal strike action on Monday, October 7th.
Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), these workers provide essential services that support the education of our children and maintain a clean and healthy environment in our schools. They deserve a fair agreement that recognizes and respects the important work they do.
OCUFA urges Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce, and the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) to negotiate a fair deal with education workers and commit to making meaningful investments in Ontario’s public education system.
Representing faculty working at every university in the province, OCUFA is deeply alarmed by this government’s disregard for education. Ford’s cuts threaten the quality of education at our schools, colleges, and universities, and will negatively impact students across Ontario.
We need a government that values education, including the teachers and support staff who are so vital to our institutions of learning. We need a government that invests in better education for all students in Ontario.
As Ontario faculty, we will respect education worker picket lines and will not cross them. We encourage others to do the same.
Here are some of the many ways you can show your support for Ontario’s education workers today:
- Sign a petition in support of the education workers and send a message to the Premier, Minister, and your Local MPP at: https://cupe.on.ca/supporteducationworkers
- Call Minister of Education Stephen Lecce at 416-325-2600 urging him to negotiate a fair deal for Ontario’s education workers.
- Contact your Local School Board Trustee and urge them to negotiate a fair deal with education workers.
- If there is a strike, join a picket line at a school near you: Ontario education workers will be on the picket lines and need our support.
- Share your messages of support on Facebook and Twitter tagging @CUPEOntario and @OSBCUCSCSO.