Union Raises Concerns Over Job Cuts To Public Board


The local union representing support staff at the Public School Board is raising concerns that job cuts will impact kids ability to learn one-on-one.

According to the numbers by CUPE 5678, in all, 177 jobs were affected, with 140 full-time positions being eliminated.

That includes almost 30 Early Childhood Educators, as well as some library staff. Meanwhile, they report front office staff saw job hours reduced to part time in some cases.

The Upper Canada District School Board cut almost $12-million dollars in June - they say it was necessary to balance the budget.

Carole Airhart, president of CUPE 5678, says that this will have a direct effect on students.

“UCDSB could have chosen to side with students and their education by refusing to implement cuts. But instead they chose to bring in a budget that complies with Ministry of Education requirements, but cuts services, eliminates 140 jobs, and hurts students and workers.”

They're concerned this will impact kids with special needs and language barriers the most, as Speak Language Assistance positions were eliminated altogether.

On Monday, the province’s education minister released a statement saying that they have invested $700-million more in education for the 2019-2020 school year. over the previous Liberal government.

"This represents the largest investment in public education’s history, underscoring our commitment to young people in Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes," read the statement from Min. Stephen Lecce on August 5.