October 3, 2019
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has announced that their members (custodians, school office staff, educational assistants, early childhood educators, library workers, maintenance staff and other non-teaching staff) will escalate strike action to a full withdrawal of services beginning Monday, October 7, if an agreement is not reached by Sunday, October 6, 2019.
The safety of students is the Board’s greatest priority, and therefore, due to the vast and significant roles held by CUPE employees, the CDSBEO regrets that if strike action commences, all schools will be closed to students effective Monday, October 7, until further notice.
CUPE represents more than 440 employees (31 per cent of the CDSBEO work force) within CDSBEO schools and administrative offices, and the Board has made this decision with student and staff safety as the priority.
The strike will affect many facets of school operations, and the Board has carefully considered many factors including the safety and well-being of students, supervision, medical supports and care, safe operation of water and sanitation systems, and the condition of classrooms and other areas of the school building.
The Board encourages parents and guardians to have alternate childcare plans in place for next week. Parents who have children that attend childcare and/or before and after school care programs in CDSBEO facilities should contact their individual provider for details on operations during the strike.
We continue to monitor the situation closely.
Please note that the CDSBEO does not control decisions regarding the strike, and we are uncertain of the possibility and duration of the strike. The decision to close schools to students is complex and is made with careful consideration. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
October 2, 2019
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has announced at 10:00 a.m., that they will be escalating strike action to a full withdrawal of services beginning Monday, October 7, should a settlement not be reached by October 6, 2019. Contingency planning is underway at this time, and currently a partial withdrawal of services continues. We appreciate your patience and will post more information as it becomes available.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Beginning Monday, September 30, 2019, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province of Ontario (custodians, office secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, library workers and information technology staff) has begun legal “work to rule” job action.
As a Catholic school board, we respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement can be reached soon. We are not directly involved in central bargaining, however, we are aware that CUPE will continue provincial negotiations to work toward achieving an agreement.
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario will work diligently to minimize any impact on our students and school communities under “work to rule” job action. Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services may cause some disruption.
Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, all CDSBEO schools will remain open and will continue to provide exceptional, Christ centred learning environments. Academic programming for all students will continue to be delivered at the highest standard. We will continue to monitor the situation closely as it unfolds with the safety of our students and staff as our top priority.
As circumstances in our schools change, we will provide regular updates on the situation on this web page.
We very much appreciate your understanding and thank you for your ongoing commitment to Catholic education.