VIDEO: School Board Puts Pause on Community Rentals

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The work-to-rule campaign by 55,000 education workers in Ontario, including Windsor, is already having an impact at the Greater Essex County District School Board.

In a statement released by the board, it says it is 'pausing all Community Use of School Permits' beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019 meaning there won't be any rentals permitted of school facilities. 

"That's primarily because we want to make sure that community groups that use our schools that safety is a priority and of course cleanliness as well," says school board spokesperson Scott Scantlebury.

Inside the classroom, Scantlebury says it is business as well.

"Instruction, learning, teaching will continue within the classrooms and within the schools and as I said, we are trying to minimize any impact on the students."

Over at the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, it says it is focused on providing a safe environment.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees representing custodians, maintenance, clerical and information technology staff, began legal job action Monday morning to back contract demands.

CUPE's Ontario School Board Council of Unions says the members will stop working overtime and performing extra duties.

The union says its bargaining unit failed to reach a new collective agreement with the province and school board trustees.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says it's "deeply disappointing" that contract negotiations broke down.

Contracts for Ontario's public school teachers and education workers expired Aug. 31, and the major unions are in various stages of bargaining.

CUPE represents about 400 staff at the board, most of them Educational Assistants and Early Childhood Educators.

They also include child and youth workers and other para-professionals.

In a statement released by the catholic board, it says it is 'committed to ensuring that they (students) are properly cared for and are receiving the education to which they are entitled.'

It says it understands that our employees have the right to work to rule and is hoping for a quick resolution.

 

— With files from The Canadian Press