Goal is to preserve and enhance services for students, say education workers heading into bargaining
As layoff notices are issued and training cancelled, educational assistants fear September turmoil for TVDSB students
Government’s changes to education include $309 million in hidden cuts that will “inflict damage” on students
Merging school boards will fail to help students or find savings for the province: CUPE
TORONTO, ON – The reasoning behind the Ford government’s rumoured plans to reduce the number of school boards across Ontario is based on a set of false assumptions and the move won’t save money, but will weaken the province’s education system, says Laura Walton, president of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), a council of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Walton made her comments in response to a news report issued late Friday afternoon, which said the government was considering plans to merge school boards in Ontario’s public system to streamline administration and cut board bureaucracy. The change is expected to take aim at school boards in smaller communities.
Government “reforms” will leave families affected by autism on their own and struggling for support
The Ford government’s reckless changes to the way it supports children with autism put desperately needed services at risk and make it clear to their families that they’re on their own, say representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and CUPE Ontario.
They are joined in this assessment by the Ontario Autism Coalition, which has shared its concerns with the union.
“The government hasn’t listened to frontline workers and it hasn’t listened to parents of children with autism,” said Laura Walton, an educational assistant (EA) and president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU). The council represents 55,000 education workers, including educational assistants trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to work with children with autism.
Media Release CUPE urges government
TORONTO, ON – On the first-ever International Day of Education (January 24), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 55,000 education workers in Ontario, is calling on the Ford government to send its MPPs back to the classroom to learn how education really works for students, teachers, and education workers in the province’s schools.
CUPE makes this proposal in the wake of the announcement yesterday afternoon by Education Minister Lisa Thompson of another government consultation to review “class size options” – code for removing caps on class sizes, the union charges.
« Retournez en classe ! » : le SCFP exhorte les députés du gouvernement ontarien à se rendre en classe au lieu de mener des consultations sur la taille des groupes
En cette toute première Journée internationale de l’éducation, le SCFP appelle le gouvernement Ford à renvoyer ses députés sur les bancs d’école pour que ceux-ci apprennent les rouages réels du système scolaire, du point de vue des élèves, des enseignants et des travailleurs scolaires. Le SCFP représente 55 000 travailleurs scolaires en Ontario.
Cette proposition survient à la suite d’une déclaration faite hier après-midi par la ministre de l’Éducation, Lisa Thompson. Celle-ci a annoncé une autre consultation gouvernementale sur les « options relatives à la taille des classes », du jargon qui, selon le syndicat, signifie qu’on souhaite lever les limites quant au nombre d’élèves par groupe.
Statement from CUPE education workers in support of Ontario teachers
Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are standing shoulder to shoulder with all other Ontario education workers as they take on the threats and attacks that constitute large parts of the Ford government’s “consultation into education reform” and the imposition of an outdated Health and Physical Education curriculum for the 2018-19 school year.
CUPE Members know that our province’s schools need investment, not intimidation. We call on the Ford government to invest in the province’s schools, instead of creating confusion and tension that hurt school communities and students. The provincial government’s recent announcement – which included news of a “snitch line” for parents to report teachers – is an unconscionable attack on all education workers, whose trust and professionalism are key to building a strong, nurturing learning environment for students.