Support staff at Ontario’s public schools have started a new phase of job action after talks over the weekend failed to reach a deal.
Custodians, educational assistants, early childhood educators and other support workers were ordered not to clean the hallways, replace light bulbs, train volunteers, or attend meetings outside of work during the job action.
Fifty-five thousand Ontario support workers in the public and Catholic schools are represented by CUPE, and have been working without a contract since August of last year.
Should custodial services at our schools be considered an essential service? How safe can the schools be without the support staff?