Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.
We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.
Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.
As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.
Where to Find Information Updates
As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?
A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:
- Education Assistants
- Personal Support Workers
- Child and Youth Care Workers
- Early Childhood Educators
- Lunch Hour Supervisors
- Administrative Assistants
- Payroll and Accounting Associates
- Computer Technicians
- Library Technicians
- Communicative Disorders Assistants
Q: What does “work to rule” mean?
A: Work-to-rule is a labour action in which employees are instructed by their bargaining unit to do no more than the minimum required by the rules of their contract. On Monday, September 30, 2019 CUPE began what has been announced as a “work to rule” action in schools across Ontario. However, in addition to “working to rule” CUPE has also withdrawn specific services that would normally be performed by WCDSB staff as a regular part of their day-to-day duties. This has had an impact in our schools and school board administration is in daily contact with CUPE to ensure the safety and well-being of our students remains paramount. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ-centred environments.
Q: “Will the withdrawal of specific services normally performed directly affect my child?”
A: While there are many services that will not have a direct impact on the daily learning of our students, parents with children who take special transportation should anticipate a change in arrival and departure routines. Some duties typically performed by CUPE staff, have been temporarily assigned to other school staff including Administrators and central office staff. WCDSB has also arranged assistance from bus drivers. Please contact your Principal for school specific information on these temporary changes.