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This site will be used to post updates on the 2015 labour negotiations for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). The posts on this site allow for comments and/or questions. Everyone who posts a comment must also include their name. If your name is not included, the comment will be removed from the site. This blog site is not a forum for criticism. Any comments that are critical of teachers, the education ministry, this school board, or anyone else will be removed. The purpose of this blog is to exchange information and to ask legitimate questions, which will be answered by UCDSB staff. Thank you for respecting these guidelines when posting a comment.

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UCDSB Reaches Tentative Local Agreement with ETFO Upper Canada Teacher Local
Update re: Labour Negotiations - ETFO Upper Canada Teacher Local
 
Media Release: January 15, 2016
 
UCDSB Reaches Tentative Local Agreement with ETFO Upper Canada Teacher Local

 

(Brockville) – The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) reached a tentative memorandum of settlement Thursday with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Upper Canada Teacher Local. This local settlement, when ratified by the UCDSB and the membership of the ETFO Upper Canada Teacher Local, will complete the bargaining process for elementary teachers and complements the agreement on provincial issues achieved on November 2. Terms of the settlement will remain confidential until ratified by both parties.

 

The ETFO Upper Canada Teacher Local represents 1,200 elementary teachers working in UCDSB schools.

 

“I am very pleased to see we have reached an agreement with our elementary teachers,” said Chair Jeff McMillan. “The hard work and commitment of all of those involved in the negotiating process brings us closer to focusing our attention completely on our mission of improving student achievement. Thanks to all.”

 

“I am happy we have reached an agreement acceptable to all parties involved,” said Director Stephen Sliwa. “This will allow the board and our teachers to move forward and focus on our students’ success.”

 

The date and location of the union’s ratification vote will be announced shortly. Trustees will hold a ratification vote on Wednesday, January 27.

 

The UCDSB continues to negotiate with the CUPE bargaining unit representing support staff. Bargaining on local issues for this union is ongoing and the UCDSB remains optimistic that this process will be brought to a conclusion in a timely and cooperative manner.  

 

For more information, please call:

 

Stephen Sliwa                                                  
Director                                                           

Upper Canada District School Board                  

613-342-0371 ext. 1234            

 
 
Update Re: Elementary Student Progress Reports

Letter to Parents

 

November 18, 2015

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Since the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and the Ontario government on November 2, 2015, elementary schools have been working hard to re-establish the normal day-to-day routines. The transition period continues and schools are making good progress.

 

We are pleased to confirm that parents/guardians of students in Grades 1-8 will receive Progress Reports on or before Friday, December 11th

 

With regards to students in Junior and Senior Kindergarten, under the recent agreement Progress Reports for kindergarten students will not be issued at this time.  To ensure that any concerns are met, parents and teachers are encouraged to continue to communicate regularly through other means regarding student progress.

 

As always, our key priority is to ensure that students have a successful school year. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding, and thank you for your support as we return to our regular school routines.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeff McMillan, Chair

Charlotte Patterson, Director

UCDSB Reaches Tentative Local Agreement with OSSTF District 26 Occasional Teachers

Update Re: Labour Negotiations - OSSTF Occasional Teachers Tentative Agreement

 

Media Release: November 11, 2015

 

UCDSB Reaches Tentative Local Agreement with OSSTF District 26 Occasional Teachers

 

(Brockville) – The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) reached a tentative memorandum of settlement Tuesday afternoon with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)

District 26 Occasional Teachers’ Bargaining Unit (OTBU). This local settlement, when ratified by the UCDSB and the OSSTF OTBU membership, will complete the bargaining process for secondary occasional teachers and complement the agreement on provincial issues achieved on August 20. Terms of the settlement will remain confidential until ratified by both parties.

 

I am pleased with the progress we are making with our local negotiations and I’m optimistic we can come to a satisfactory agreement with all of our union partners as soon as possible,” said Chair Jeff McMillan. “I am gratified with the hard work and dedication that is taking place on both sides.”

 

“I am happy that the board and OSSTF OTBU reached a local agreement that is mutually beneficial to both parties,” added Director Charlotte Patterson. “In so doing, we contribute to the board's ultimate goal of improving student learning and well-being.”

 

“I am very pleased with the agreement we came to,” said Elaine Warner-Laxton, OSSTF District 26 OTBU president. “I think we have made good strides for our members and they will be happy with the agreement.”

 

The union bargaining unit will be holding a ratification meeting on Thursday, November 19 and voting will take place electronically from Friday, November 20 to Monday, November 23.

 

In addition to OSSTF full-time and occasional teachers, the Upper Canada District School Board is in negotiations with four other bargaining units representing elementary teachers, occasional elementary teachers, and support staff. Bargaining on local issues for these unions is ongoing and the UCDSB remains optimistic that those processes will be brought to a conclusion in a timely and cooperative manner.


For more information, please call:

 

Charlotte Patterson, Director
Upper Canada District School Board
613-342-0371 ext. 1234

 

Elaine Warner-Laxton

OSSTF District 26, Occasional Teacher Bargaining Unit President
Cell 613-532-2264

UCDSB Reaches Tentative Local Agreement with OSSTF District 26 Teachers
Update Re: Labour Negotiations - OSSTF Teachers Tentative Agreement
 

Media Release

Immediate Release: November 6, 2015

 

UCDSB Reaches Tentative Local Agreement with
OSSTF District 26 Teachers

 

(Brockville) – At approximately 2 a.m. on Friday, November 6, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) reached a tentative memorandum of settlement with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) District 26 Teachers’ Bargaining Unit (TBU). This local settlement, when ratified by the UCDSB and the OSSTF TBU membership, will complete the bargaining process for secondary teachers and complement the agreement on provincial issues achieved on August 20. Terms of the settlement will remain confidential until ratified by both parties.

 

“I am pleased both sides have come to the table at the local level and reached an agreement,” said Chair Jeff McMillan. “I appreciate the hard work by all those involved. I am hopeful that local agreements can be reached with our other unions as well.”

 

“I am pleased that the board and OSSTF reached a local agreement that is mutually beneficial to both parties,” added Director Charlotte Patterson. “In so doing, we contribute to the board's ultimate goal of improving student learning and well-being.”

 

In addition to OSSTF teachers, the Upper Canada District School Board has four other bargaining units representing elementary teachers, occasional teachers and support staff. Bargaining on local issues for these unions is ongoing and the UCDSB remains optimistic that those processes will be brought to a conclusion in a timely and cooperative manner.

 

For more information, please call:

 

Charlotte Patterson

Director
Upper Canada District School Board
613-342-0371 ext. 1234

 

Danny Thomas
OSSTF District 26, Teacher Bargaining Unit President
(Office) 1-877-826-7783

(Cell) 1-613-796-2519
(Fax) 1-800-513-8574

Video Update - Tentative Agreements in Place
Update Re: Labour Negotiations - ETFO & CUPE Tentative Agreements

Director Patterson shares a brief labour update message to parents, guardians and community members of the Upper Canada District School Board.
 
Thank you for your patience and support over the past several months.
Work-to-Rule Sanctions Lifted - November 3, 2015

Update Re: Labour Negotiations - ETFO & CUPE Work-to-Rule

The Upper Canada District School Board is pleased to announce that on November 2, 2015:

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario Public School Boards' Association and Government of Ontario reached a tentative agreement. Teachers' work-to-rule sanctions are lifted.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and the Ontario government reached a tentative agreement. 

CUPE has agreed to stop all job action while awaiting ratification of the deal by CUPE members. 

Terms of both tentative agreements remain confidential pending ratification by union members.  We will provide additional updates as they become available.

We thank everyone for their patience and support over the past several months.

Sincerely,

Jeff McMillan, Chair

Charlotte Patterson, Director

Update re: Work-to-Rule for Elementary Teachers (ETFO)

Update Re: Labour Negotiations - ETFO Work-to-Rule

 

October 23, 2015

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Yesterday we received notification from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) that, effective Wednesday October 28, ETFO teachers will withdraw from voluntary extracurricular activities.  This withdrawal of service will affect students in Grades JK-8. 

 

What does this mean?

Voluntary extracurricular activities are activities that often occur after school hours or during lunch breaks e.g. coaching sports teams, and supervising clubs and activities.  As a result of this job action, the Upper Canada Cup Soccer Championships, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 29 will be postponed.  It is our hope that we will be able to reschedule this event for later in the school year.

 

We will continue to provide you with updates on the UCDSB website, all school websites and all board/school social media channels including Twitter and Facebook. We also have the capability of providing notifications directly to you via text message, email or voice within minutes, provided you are signed up for a My Family Room account.  To set up an account, please contact your child’s school.

 

To ensure you get the most timely information possible, please consider following @UCDSB on Twitter, or liking our page on Facebook (facebook.com/UCDSB). The best way for us to ensure a smooth response to potential action is to ensure we are able to communicate with you quickly.

 

Again, we thank you for your patience and support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jeff McMillan, Chair

Charlotte Patterson, Director

Update re: Work-to-Rule for Elementary Teachers (ETFO)
Update Re: Labour Negotiations - ETFO Work-to-Rule

October 16, 2015

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

You may have recently seen in the media that the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has indicated that, in response to recent developments at the provincial level, they may decide to implement rotating strikes with little notice. While there has been no formal announcement of such action beyond statements made by ETFO leadership in the media, we are doing what we can to prepare in the event we do get a last-minute notification of a strike at one or more of our schools housing students in junior kindergarten to grade 8.

 

In the event that ETFO were to announce a walkout at one or more of our schools, the most likely course of action is that the school would be closed for the day, meaning parents would need to make alternate arrangements for their children. In such an event, we will do our best to get the message out to you and will post updates to the UCDSB Board website, all school websites and all board social media channels including Twitter and Facebook. We also have the capability of providing notifications directly to you via text message, email or voice within minutes, provided you are signed up for a My Family Room account.

 

To ensure you get the most timely information possible, please consider following @UCDSB on Twitter, liking our page on Facebook (facebook.com/UCDSB) and signing up for a MyFamilyRoom account by calling your school. The best way for us to ensure a smooth response to potential action is to ensure we are able to communicate with you quickly.

 

Status of Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.s) and Elementary Progress Reports

As part of ETFO’s job action, not all I.E.P.s will be complete by the 30th school day deadline.  Since I.E.P.s are living documents, the current I.E.P.s will remain in place until the new ones are available.  Teachers continue to accommodate and modify instruction for their students.

 

In addition, for Elementary Progress Reports, UCDSB will be pushing the timelines back by a couple of weeks, into November. 

 

We recognize that this is a challenging time for you and are committed to bringing you the most timely information possible while ensuring safety and uninterrupted learning for your children. It is our hope that while we prepare for the possibility of further job action, provincial talks will resume productively.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Jeff McMillan, Chair

Charlotte Patterson, Director

 

 
Phase 2 Work-to-Rule for Support Staff (CUPE)

Update Re: Labour Negotiations - CUPE Work-to-Rule

 

September 29, 2015

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

As you may have heard, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents educational support workers in our schools and board, has announced another escalation of their job action in response to the status of bargaining the provincial level, effective today. This is job action that affects all school boards across Ontario, and is a result of the provincial dialogue between the Ministry of Education and CUPE.

 

CUPE represents a number of Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) employee groups including custodial/maintenance staff, clerical staff, educational assistants, early childhood educators, library workers, and information technology staff.

 

Phase 2 of CUPE’s work-to-rule campaign contains a number of measures intended to mostly target school and board administration as opposed to directly impacting parents and students.

 

However, combined with ongoing sanctions by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain some school activities beyond basic operations and classroom learning. Specifically, both ETFO and CUPE have placed constraints on their members’ ability to handle money in schools and therefore parents and students can expect that schools may be cancelling or rescheduling activities like hot lunches, off-site activities and other events involving money. Your school will be providing you more specific guidance about the nature of activities that will be impacted, if any.

 

At the UCDSB, student safety remains our top priority and we are confident that even with the constraints associated with these job actions, your children remain safe in our schools. We are committed to ensuring that the learning of your children is uninterrupted and to that end, we remain engaged in bargaining with all employee groups. We are heartened by progress that has been achieved provincially with other unions and are optimistic these issues will be settled soon.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Jeff McMillan, Chair

Charlotte Patterson, Director of Education

Phase 3 Work-to-Rule for Elementary Teachers - FAQs

Phase 3 Work-to-Rule for Elementary Teachers - FAQs

 

September 21, 2015

 

Dear Parents & Guardians:

 

On Monday, September 21, 2015, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) started phase 3 of its work-to-rule campaign.

 

As a parent, you probably have many questions about what this means for your child in a school with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB).

 

First and foremost, parents need to be aware that at this time, all schools remain open, and teaching and learning is ongoing.

 

You can be assured that we are doing everything possible to minimize the impact that this work-to-rule campaign has on our students. With the support of our school principals, in most situations, parents should not recognize the impact of this work-to-rule campaign. The partial withdrawal of services to this point in time has had minimal impact on daily instruction within the classroom.

 

The current labour situation is part of a provincial dialogue between the Ministry of Education and ETFO. We will continue to provide you with updates as information becomes available to us.

 

In the meantime, accessing these Elementary Schools - Frequently Asked Questions can help you understand the context of this provincial labour situation. To be clear, there is currently no job action at the secondary level.

 

 

Q.  Will all schools be closed if there is an elementary teachers’ strike?

A.   Currently, there is no indication that any schools will be closed as a result of the strike action.

 

Q.   Will elementary school field trips continue to take place during this strike action?

A.    Under current job action, elementary field trips will not be taking place until further notice.

 

Q.   Will my child have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities?

A.   Yes, extracurricular activities for elementary students will continue. However, if the activity is regularly scheduled on a Wednesday, it will be rescheduled to a different day to accommodate the “Wynne Wednesdays” component of ETFO’s work action.

 

Q.   Will my child be participating in the Terry Fox Run at his or her school?

A.   Schools are undertaking the necessary arrangements to ensure this activity will still proceed. Contact your child’s school for more details.

 

Q.   Will my child’s classroom Facebook page be updated?

A.    Currently, as a part of this work action, teachers have been advised by ETFO to stop updating classroom websites/blogs, and completing or distributing class newsletters. This includes teacher Facebook pages. Parents are still welcome to contact teachers directly in person, by phone or by email. School Facebook pages will continue to be updated.

 

 

Q.   How can I stay up to date on the status of negotiations?

a)   A.    There are several ways you can receive accurate information:

       a)   UCDSB Website: Labour Updates

       b)   Register for a myfamilyroom.ca  account by calling or visiting your school

             office. Urgent messages regarding labour action will be provided through

             text message, voicemail or email.

       c)   Social Media - follow @UCDSB on Twitter; and/or Like our page on

             Facebook at facebook.com/ucdsb  

 

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