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Hamilton schools will be open Monday as province averts strike

Hamilton schools will be open Monday now that the province has reached a last-minute tentative deal with about 55,000 education workers.

The Catholic and public boards have issued statements

Hamilton schools will be open Monday now that the province has reached a tentative deal with education workers. (David Donnelly/CBC)

Hamilton schools will be open Monday now that the province has reached a last-minute tentative deal with about 55,000 education workers across Ontario.

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board released statements Sunday night saying schools will be open. 

"Our valued caretakers and maintenance staff will rejoin our school teams," HWDSB chair Alex Johnstone said in the statement. 

"Every attempt will be made to contact the before-school programs and child-care providers this evening. There could be service delays tomorrow before school. Please contact your local provider."

The province has been at an impasse with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents a number of educational support workers.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the two sides reached a tentative deal Sunday evening.

Laura Walton, president of CUPE's Ontario School Board Council of Unions, said the deal includes a reinvestment in schools that will see more jobs return to the province. Walton said that investment is around $20 million, and thanked the government for opening the "piggy bank."

Full terms of the deal were not immediately made available.

With files from the Canadian Press

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