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Ontario reaches tentative agreement for 55,000 school support workers

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Ontario reached a tentative agreement Sunday with the union that represents the province's 55,000 school support workers.

The group includes educational assistants, early childhood educators, instructors, custodians, librarians and school secretaries.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees leadership will vote on the agreement on Jan. 5 and if they approve it, it will be recommended to their membership.

Terri Preston, chair of CUPE's bargaining committee, said "the agreement does address the unique circumstances faced by school support workers, whose average salary is $38,000 and many of whom are laid off multiple times a year."

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