Today, 55,000 Ontario frontline education workers walked out of schools in a political protest. The entire Canadian Union of Public Employees membership, 715,000 strong across the country, is with them.

Ontario works because of CUPE members. We keep hospitals running. We maintain roads and highways. We power the energy sector. And our 55,000 education workers make sure that students in Ontario learn, thrive, and grow.

Custodians, maintenance workers, office staff, educational assistants, early childhood educators, library staff and others – the workers who keep our schools running – took on the most powerful bully in the province. The government threatened them. They tried to break their spirits with lowball offers that would push workers further into poverty and fail to meet the needs of students. Then they passed backwards legislation completely trampling on our Charter rights.

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