TORONTO – Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he’s prepared to meet – as early as today – with CUPE to get a deal for the province’s 55,000 support staff.
During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Lecce expressed frustration why CUPE had ramped up its job action – signalling an all-out walkout on Monday – two days after it started a work-to-rule campaign.
Lecce described the two sides as “close” to a deal after bargaining last weekend.
The main sticking point is around sick days, according to the government.
“I remain determined to reach a deal,” an adamant Lecce told reporters at Queen’s Park.
He says both sides should be focusing more on the children and depoliticizing the process.
CUPE says its prepared to meet starting on Friday, ahead of a Monday walkout.