CUPE job action affecting local students
In Bluewater District School Board, CUPE members include custodial and maintenance staff only.
As a result, CUPE has chosen to begin job action across the province today, Monday, September 30, by launching a work-to-rule campaign.
Work-to-rule means performing no more than the minimum requirements of an employee’s contract.
CUPE employees provide important services in our schools and facilities, and the withdrawal of certain services may cause challenges.
Some examples of services impacted include:
Cleaning of ministry unfunded areas, such as hallways, office areas, and gymnasiums
Ground maintenance (includes grass cutting, shoveling, etc.)
Picking up garbage outside or emptying outside garbage
Our schools will remain open to students and staff during this phase of job action. However, please rest assured that we will be monitoring the impact to our schools and facilities very closely.
Bluewater District School Board has established a strike contingency plan, and we remain firmly committed to ensuring the safety of all our students and staff.
We value the important work performed by our CUPE members, and are hopeful that bargaining will resume soon with the goal of reaching a collective agreement.
OPSBA, who represents English public school boards at the central bargaining table with CUPE, will continue to work towards resolving this situation.
Further updates will be provided to parents/guardians and our school communities as new information becomes available.
Meanwhile the job action also affects the Bruce Grey Catholic District School board who say they respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.
In a letter home to parents, board officials say "we are not directly involved in central bargaining, however, the parties who are involved are working hard on our behalf to achieve an agreement.
For the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board, this work to rule will include close to 250 employees including educational assistants, custodians, school secretaries, early childhood educators, library technicians, and CUPE staff at their Catholic Education Centre.
"Our schools will remain open and we are working diligently to minimize any impact on our students and school communities. However, 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.
At all times, student safety and learning will remain our primary focus.
Administration will work to ensure the safety and supervision of all our students.
The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board will continue to monitor this job action closely and will provide our parents and guardians with updates and information
via school board and school websites, social media and regular communication from school Principals.
We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.
If you have any questions, please contact your school principal.
We continue to remain hopeful and pray for a quick resolution to these provincial labour negotiations."