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Labour Relations Update - October 3
Labour Relations Update - October 3
Posted on 10/03/2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Wednesday, the provincial level of
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) gave notice of a possible strike as of Monday, October 7. We are uncertain at this time if a strike will transpire as the parties have said they are willing to continue with negotiations.

If a strike by CUPE members does occur, the UCDSB will not be able to operate our facilities or provide proper supervision and care to our students. We will need to close all of our schools to students. 

All before and after school care programs for school-aged students will be cancelled. Licensed, third-party daycares operating in our schools will remain open. If you access this care on snow days or other days that there are no classes, please contact the provider directly regarding availability.

This decision came only after careful deliberation and consideration. Please understand that CUPE represents 1,600 employees within our school board, in 10 different employee groups including: educational assistants (EAs), early childhood educators (ECEs), custodial/maintenance staff, clerical staff (including school office staff), library workers, and information technology staff. CUPE represents 40 per cent of our workforce.

We will confirm the status of our schools by Monday, October 7 by 6:15 at the latest, as we would for a snow day. We will communicate with families as quickly as possible once the Board receives notice about what CUPE actions will be.

We will continue to post information to this website, send information via My Family Room (email) and social media. If you are not currently signed up to receive email via My Family Room, please take this opportunity to sign up now:

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