New talks set, aimed at preventing education worker job action in Ontario

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TORONTO — Ontario’s educational workers will head back to the bargaining table this weekend amid preparations for a work-to-rule campaign starting Monday.

Talks involving the province and the Canadian Union of Public Employees are set to take place Saturday and Sunday.

Laura Walton, who heads the bargaining unit for the 55,000 education workers, says members are resolved to start their work-to-rule if no deal is reached.

The custodians, clerical workers and early childhood educators say they will stop working overtime and performing any extra duties.

The union has issued a required five days’ notice to put it in a legal strike position as of Monday.

Contracts for Ontario’s public school teachers and education workers expired Aug. 31, and the major unions are in various stages of bargaining.