Labour Negotiations

Schools Open!                                                                                         

We are pleased to report that all of our elementary and secondary schools will be OPEN to students on Monday, October 7. The school day and busing schedules will proceed as usual. 

 

 

Important Update for Families: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Parent Update: CUPE Strike Action – School Closures

Further to our message yesterday, and after extensive consideration, we are writing to inform parents that if a provincial agreement is not reached over the weekend, and CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) staff begin their announced full withdrawal of service, schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, 2019.

We share your concern and disappointment with this possibility, and wanted to provide an update on our plans as soon as possible to allow parents to make alternative arrangements if needed.

Student safety is always our first priority. This decision has been made because we do not believe we can provide safe and secure learning environments for all students in the event of a full CUPE strike.

Our considerations include:

·        supervision of students;

·        medical supports and care for all students;

·        safe operation of water and sanitation systems, including legislated water flushing;

·        conditions of school buildings and classrooms, and

·        overall safety and security.

We are pleased that negotiations have been reported to be continuing on Friday. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached this weekend to avert disruption to our students and families.

We will continue to monitor developments closely and will provide confirmation to parents about school status for Monday as soon as we are able. This will likely be on Sunday evening, through:

-        School Messenger

-        Local news media

-        Our website and social media platforms: www.kprschools.ca, @kprschools on Twitter, and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board on Facebook.

 

Sincerely,

Diane Lloyd                                                                                            Jennifer Leclerc

Chairperson of the Board                                                                         Director of Education

 

 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Parent Update: CUPE Strike Action

Further to our message earlier this week, we wanted to provide an update on the status of CUPE strike action in our schools.

As you may have seen through media reports today, CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) has announced plans for a full withdrawal of service effective Monday, October 7, 2019, if a provincial agreement is not reached over the weekend.

We are, of course, very concerned about this possibility and know that parents share that concern.

We are currently reviewing possible options in light of this announced strike action by our support staff, including the possibility of school closures beginning Monday.

Our decision will be based on whether we can ensure safe conditions for students. These considerations include:

·         supervision of students;

·         medical supports and care for all students;

·         safe operation of water and sanitation systems, including required water flushing;

·         conditions of school buildings and classrooms, and

·         overall safety and security.

 

CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) represents education workers in our schools, including custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries, educational assistants and early childhood educators, among others.

We will continue to monitor developments closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information.

We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon that will avert disruption to our students and families.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date on the most recent information by visiting www.kprschools.ca or follow us on Twitter @kprschools

 

Sincerely,

Diane Lloyd                                                                                               Jennifer Leclerc

Chairperson of the Board                                                                         Director of Education

 

 

 

 

There are ongoing labour negotiations with education sector staff across Ontario. 

Bargaining and dialogue between the province and unions representing school support staff and teachers have been underway since the new school year. 

The School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA) creates a two-tier bargaining process for the education sector. 

Contracts have expired and are currently being bargained, as outlined in legislation, between the province, unions, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table. 

At the provincial level, the government and the trustees’ associations bargain central terms with teachers’ federations and education workers’ unions. These terms can include areas such as: wages, class sizes, benefits/sick leave, and hiring practices. 

The provincial issues are ones that have the greatest monetary effect and they apply to all school boards across the province. 

At the local level, individual school boards bargain directly with their local unions on local bargaining issues. These are issues that are unique to each school board and union and may include areas such as: staffing processes and professional development planning/leadership structures.   

Local issues typically do not have significant monetary impact. We are all very hopeful for resolutions at the central (provincial) level of negotiations. An agreement at that level, where the significant monetary components are being negotiated, is a crucial first step before local agreements can be reached. 

Parents are valued partners in education.  We will provide any new information or updates as they development, and share through our website and communication channels. 

 

Support Staff (CUPE) 

CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) represents support staff in our schools, including custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries, educational assistants and early childhood educators, among others. 

It is our understanding that CUPE will begin legal strike activities this Monday, September 30, 2019, with “work-to-rule” actions. 

While final details locally are still to be confirmed, it has been reported that these actions may include:

- some reductions in cleaning activities

- staff not completing additional duties beyond their normal responsibilities or hours of work. 

We understand that parents have concerns about any possible job actions at school. We want to assure you that we believe normal school operations for students can and will continue at this time. 

We also plan for possible contingencies as they may arise, and in the event of a full withdrawal of service by our support staff, we would monitor school conditions daily to ensure school operations were safe for students and staff.  

We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information.

Parent letter Sept 25, 2019

 

Elementary Teacher Negotiations

Contracts have expired and are currently being bargained, as outlined in legislation, between the province, unions, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table. 

Currently, elementary teachers in Ontario are not in a legal strike position.

 

Secondary Teachers Negotiations

Contracts have expired and are currently being bargained, as outlined in legislation, between the province, unions, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table. 

Currently, secondary teachers in Ontario are not in a legal strike position.