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Ontario Reaches Deal With CUPE School Support Staff

11/02/2015 01:54 EST | Updated 11/02/2015 01:59 EST
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TORONTO, ON- MAY 14 May 14, 2015 . Fred Hahn, president of CUPE, Ontario speaks to high school teachers and their supporters during a rally outside Queens Park amid negotiations with the school boards and provincial government.. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

TORONTO – Ontario has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, ending a work-to-rule campaign by support staff in schools across the province.

Education Minister Liz Sandals says in a statement that the deal is net zero, which means any salary increases are offset through savings elsewhere.

Sandals, who is not at the legislature today as staff say she is "actively" supporting bargaining, won't release the terms of the deal until it is ratified.

The Liberal government had threatened to dock the pay of support staff represented by CUPE and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, as well as the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, if they didn't end their work-to-rule campaigns.

Premier Kathleen Wynne had said that if the unions didn't end their administrative strikes by Nov. 1, she would give permission to school boards to trigger five days' notice to dock their pay.

That deadline came and went without the government's consent being given, and bargaining with the remaining two unions is ongoing.