Schools to reopen after Canada’s Ontario walks back strike ban

 

Ottawa, Canada— Education workers in Canada’s Ontario province agreed on Monday to return to work after the government pledged to repeal a strike ban that was backed by the extraordinary use of constitutional powers to override worker rights.

The deal, which will see both sides return to bargaining, averts a general strike planned by Canada’s largest public sector union and its allies.

At a news conference, Ontario Premier Doug Ford offered to repeal back-to-work legislation if the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) “stopped their strike and let kids back in classrooms.”

Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, accepted the…

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