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Ford tells Ontario education workers ‘don’t force my hands’OUS News

Days after Ontario education workers gave their union a strike mandate, the prime minister is asking them not to force their hands.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees announced earlier this week that its members, such as early childhood teachers, mentors and administrative workers, voted 96.5 percent in favor of the strike.

Premier Doug Ford was asked at a news conference today if he would legislate to get him back to work if he stops, and he said, “Please don’t go on strike, don’t put pressure on my hand.”

CUPE is set to negotiate a deal with the government today and Friday and the union has said two days of talks will be crucial in determining next steps.

The government has offered an annual increase of two percent for workers earning less than $40,000 and 1.25 percent for all other workers, while CUPE is looking for an annual increase of 11.7 percent.

CUPE said the government is offering an additional $800 per year for the average worker.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 6, 2022.