When the province resumed some of the negotiations for all collective agreements in Ontario, the ASA was created. The alliance began with 15,000 members and meets to negotiate with the state government. The Educational Workers` Alliance of Ontario (EWAO) is made up of the following unions: EAA (Educational Assistants Association), DPERWA (Dufferin-Peel Education Resource Worker`s Association, HDEAA (Halton District Educational Assistants Association), APSSP (Association of Professional Student Services Personnel, Unite Here – Local 272, Service Employees` International Union – Local 2 and AEFO (Association of Franco-Ontarian Teachers – French Language Organization Labour working in all Ontario`s French language schools). The government, in collaboration with the province`s boards of directors, was no longer active to deal with performance packages. It would be a cost saving for both the province and the agencies to download these costs to the various unions. So it was the EWAO Group that created, organized and managed our current benefit packages.