Ontario: The Ontario education support workers have ended the long and contentious negotiation on Monday after they voted to accept a new deal with the government.

Around 55,000 custodians, education assistants, early childhood educators and administrative staff voted on the tentative deal reached with the government two weeks ago.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) had recommended to its workers to accept the agreement, which is for four years, and it would increase their annual allowance by 3.59 percent every year.

Earlier, Laura Walton, president of the Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU) in CUPE, said in a statement on Saturday that for the first time in 10 years, the agreement was reached through negotiations between the two parties and for the first time the legislature did not interfere.

Walton had said to the union that this deal is the best she wanted for the workers, there can be no better deal than this.

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