With education sector collective agreements expired as of August 31, 2019, the union that represents over 55,000 education workers in Ontario’s public schools has asked its members for a strong mandate following some difficult bargaining with school board associations and the government during the summer.

Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, said she expects workers will give the union a “strong” strike mandate when voting wraps up in two weeks.

“What we’ve been seeing is the government is not really willing to work right now,” Walton said. “We’re saying we have to work together on this if we’re going to make some movement.”

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