Ontario repeals law that banned education workers from striking

TORONTO — Ontario has repealed a law that imposed a contract on education workers and banned them from striking.

The province passed the legislation on Nov. 3 in a bid to prevent 55,000 workers from the Canadian Union of Public Employees from striking.

But thousands of workers, including education assistants, librarians and custodians, walked off the job anyway, shutting hundreds of schools to in-person learning for two days.

Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford offered to withdraw the legislation if CUPE members returned to work, which they did.

The government's law, which used the notwithstanding clause to guard against constitutional challenges, had set fines for violating the legislation at a maximum of $4,000 per employee per day and up to $500,000 per day for the union.

The two sides are back at the bargaining table.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 14, 2022.

The Canadian Press