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:
Personal Support Workers
Child and Youth Care Workers
Early Childhood Educators
Lunch Hour Supervisors
Payroll and Accounting Associates
Communicative Disorders Assistants
Q: What does “work to rule” mean?
A: CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform. Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.