Doug Ford offers Ontario educators a chump raise that doesn't even match inflation
Ontario's education workers are not happy with the latest deal offered to them from Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
On Aug. 16 the Ministry of Education offered workers a 2 per cent average wage increase for those earning under $40,000 per year and a 1.25 per cent increase for those earning over $40k.
Essentially, Ford denied the union's demands for a $3.25 hourly wage increase (roughly a 12 per cent average increase), who are saying this offer does not keep in pace with inflation and would instead actually calculate to a pay reduction.
FACT Aug 16: Ford has offered 2% for educators making under 40000 and 1.25% for those over, with inflation running around 8% and all of them 'frontline workers' during COVID. In what universe is that fair?— Cheri DiNovo (@CheriDiNovo) August 16, 2022
According to PressProgress, the deal also "cuts short-term disability pay from 90 per cent to 25 per cent for the first five days and includes an application progress for the benefit."
"Our proposal is reasonable, necessary, and ensures sustainability for education workers and the students and families who rely on the services we deliver. The gains you need rely on the high participation of you and your co-workers in the days ahead," read a bargaining update from the Ontario School Board Council of Unions.
The union said the deal would only amount to an $800 average increase and that it wouldn't "pay rising rent costs, put food on the table" or address the multiple staffing issues.
NOT A FAIR DEAL - Ford Government Corruption— Julia Ann Landry (@Jewelanland) August 16, 2022
I would support a Province wide strike, I'm pretty sick and tired hearing how Ford's Government keeps attacking our essential services Education & Health Care
Ford and his cronies need to be thrown in the trash https://t.co/6h75gNXpyD
Needless to say, the offer was denied by the union and negotiations are ongoing as the school start date looms.
But Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the government will continue to land a "fair deal."
"As students return to normal classes this September with the full school experience, including sports and extracurriculars, we are committed to landing a fair deal with all education unions and a good deal for Ontario students and their families," he said.
There is only one more bargaining meet before school starts in the beginning of September.
CUPE workers make $39000 a year want a $3.25 an hour raise to make it a liveable wage Steven Lecce calls this “ astronomical, unreasonable amount “ that would cost the tax payers. And his $165000 a year salary isn’t ? These workers keep our schools running. @fordnation @CP24— Michellewolbert (@britchick41) August 18, 2022
"Attempting to kickstart conversations on equity, violence, and health and safety, we're disappointed to say that we made little headway. Additionally, although we raised the issues of job security and benefits, the employer maintained their concessions," said the union.
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