Niagara school boards plan to update parents by the end of the week on CUPE strike

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Both the DSBN and Catholic School boards in Niagara say they are preparing contigency plans and will update parents by the end of the week should CUPE begin a full strike on Monday.  

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has given the proper notice to legally turn a work to rule campaign by 55-thousand custodians, clerical workers, EA's and early childhood educators into a full walkout if no fair deal is reached by Monday.  

Some school boards are cautioning parents to start finding alternative childcare arrangements in the event schools cannot safely remain open.  

Waterloo Catholic has already announced plans to close its schools.  

Other school boards cautioning parents that school closures may happen are Toronto, Peel, Dufferin-Peel and York Regions.  

Education Minister Steven Lecce is calling for contract talks to resume but says he expects students will remain in the classroom if a strike occurs. 

Both sides in the labour dispute have said they're willing to resume negotiations but no firm dates have yet been set.