Minister Lecce Addresses CUPE Request for "No Board" Report
TORONTO — Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to CUPE's request for a "no board" report:
"As the school year begins, it is important that parents, students and educators know that I remain on their side, committed to keeping kids in the classroom.
I am disappointed that CUPE has decided to take this action, however, I am pleased that an agreement was reached with CUPE and the school boards to appoint Bill Kaplan as a mediator. Mr. Kaplan is a highly respected, senior labour mediator. I believe that with the assistance of Mr. Kaplan, we can resolve our differences at the bargaining table so that students can remain in class where they belong. My team is ready to continue meeting to negotiate a deal that puts our students first and provides the predictability our parents deserve.
We continue to call on all parties to reach a deal in good faith, as soon as possible, to provide confidence and predictability to parents, students, and educators alike."