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Statement from President Warren (Smokey) Thomas on CUPE educational workers negotiations

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas at Queen's Park.

There was an erroneous media report that OPSEU’s Boards of Education sector had given strike notice.  To be clear, we are not in a legal strike or lock out position.

OPSEU fully supports CUPE in its ongoing negotiations with the provincial government, however CUPE’s bargaining is not in any way directly connected with our union.

OPSEU is part the Ontario Council of Education Workers and the OCEW is continuing to negotiate with the provincial government.

The OCEW has bargaining dates scheduled for November and December.