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No 52% wage hike for education workers, teachers, Lecce says

A 52% pay hike is not on for education workers, teachers, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
Stephen Lecce, Minister Education for Ontario will make an announcement in Toronto on January 12, 2022. Photo by Nathan Denette /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Wage increase of 52%  over 4 years — CUPE What is demanded of education workers — is "astronomical and absurd" and unfair to Ontario's taxpayers, Education Minister Steven Lecce said.

In response to CUPE's demands, the government offered 2% per annum to workers earning less than $40,000 a year and he gave 1.25% to workers earning more than $40,000. It offers.

Statistics Canada reported this week that the cost of living is now rising at well over 2%.

When asked whether educators and the broader public sector should expect wage increases that reflect these rates of inflation, Mr. Lecce said that overall demand for He said he wasn't up to the pay raise.

"What the worker cannot expect is his 52% increase in wages, which is comparable to the education budgets of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia combined." said Lecce on Wednesday. “What we are doing with CUPE, what we are signing with CUPE is a seat in all the other education negotiations, so this is the effect…52% is very large, private sector and many other

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Mr. Lecce said the government's counter-offer was "very disappointing" for CUPE members. Generous pensions, very generous benefits,” he said.

Giving CUPE everything he asks for would cost him $21.8 billion when distributed to all educational stakeholders, including teachers, according to the government.

Unions say the government is basically proposing salary cuts and the status quo on benefits.

NDP leader Peter Tabuns said workers have to pay rent, mortgages and food, all of which are becoming more expensive.

"And it is not fair to them to tell them that they are actually going to take a wage cut when this is a government that is underspending its budget. It's going to break people and hurt people all over Ontario," Tubbs said.

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