Labour Updates

Important Message re: CUPE Strike

October 06, 2019

As a result of the agreement reached between the government of Ontario, the Trustees’ Associations and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), all Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019 – and all programs and services will continue running on their regular schedules.

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 However, in addition to “working to rule” CUPE has also withdrawn specific services that would normally be performed by WCDSB staff as a regular part of their day-to-day duties.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.