SCHOOLS TO BE OPEN OCTOBER 7, 2019
UPDATE - It is with great pleasure that we are able to communicate that a tentative settlement of central terms with CUPE has been reached. Ratification is to take place on or before November 1st, 2019.
As part of this settlement, CUPE will be suspending any and all central strike action effective today pending ratification of this agreement. According schools will remain open on Monday, October 7, 2019
School boards and unions share a commitment to public education and work together towards positive labour relations. The collective bargaining framework for the education sector features a two-tier bargaining process, involving both central and local bargaining.
Central negotiations between the Government of Ontario (the Crown), public school boards represented by the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA), and teacher federations and education worker unions (including ETFO, CUPE and OSSTF) remain ongoing. Visit the OPSBA website for the latest updates on central bargaining.
October 4, 2019 - Schools to be Closed if CUPE Strike Occurs
The Canadian Union of Public Employees Union (CUPE) has advised school boards it will escalate job action on Monday, October 7, 2019, if a collective agreement is not reached through negotiations with the province and the Council of Trustees Associations by end of day Sunday, October 6, 2019. This escalated job action will be a full withdrawal of services, which is otherwise known as a strike or a walk-out.
If this job action commences as scheduled, the Board will close all schools for all students on Monday, October 7, 2019 and for the duration of the job action. While we understand that this is a challenging time, parents will be required to make alternate arrangements for their children.
We have explored every possible contingency plan to keep schools open. Student supervision and safety are our top priorities and without the important services of these school-based employees, we cannot guarantee that our learning environments will remain safe and clean for all students.
Employees, who are members of CUPE, provide critical daily services, including (but not limited to):
- building and school ground safety and security;
- safe water checks;
- administration of medication for students;
- washroom and water fountain cleaning;
- heating system operations; and
- safe arrival programs.
During this job action, all non-CUPE employees will continue to report to work in schools and administrative centres.
In addition to the closure of schools for students, the following programs and services will also be impacted should the strike action commence on Monday:
Child Care Operators in NNDSB Schools
During full strike action when schools are closed to students, childcare programs including before and after childcare and EarlyOn programs will remain closed.
Community Use of Facilities Permits
During the full strike action, all community use of facility permits are cancelled.
During full strike action, all continuing education classes are cancelled.
All school-based meetings will be cancelled during the full strike action.
While the NNDSB is not directly involved in the provincial negotiations, the Board remains hopeful that an agreement will be reached before Monday, October 7, 2019. If an agreement is reached, schools will open as usual on Monday.
We are committed to providing an update to all parents/guardians over the weekend.
October 3, 2019
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has provided notice that they will be starting a full strike - withdrawal of all services - across the province on Monday, October 7, 2019. Near North District School Board schools continue to remain open to staff and students for the remainder of this week.
Near North District School Board is confirming details of the strike action and assessing the potential impact on school operations. The health and safety of our students is our priority. We want our school communities to be aware that this strike action by CUPE may result in school closures as of Monday, October 7, 2019. Families are strongly encouraged to begin making alternate childcare arrangements prior to this potential strike beginning on Monday, October 7, 2019. We will communicate directly to parents and guardians once a decision is made about potential school closures.
We understand that a strike may have a significant impact on school communities and we appreciate that timely communication is important. We commit to providing you with additional details on the CUPE job action as soon as we can.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
October 2, 2019 CUPE ANNOUNCES FULL WITHDRAWAL OF SERVICES
On October 2, 2019, CUPE announced that they will be escalating strike action to a full withdrawal of services on October 7, 2019. We remain hopeful that a settlement can be reached by end of day October 6, 2019. Further updates and information will be provided as it becomes available.
October 1, 2019 COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOLS SUSPENDED
As a result of CUPE job sanctions including work-to-rule and partial withdrawal of services which came into place September 30, 2019, the Near North District School Board will be suspending ALL Community Use of Schools effective October 2, 2019 until further notice.
September 30, 2019 CUPE BEGINS JOB SANCTIONS
On September 30, 2019 CUPE commenced job sanctions. At the Near North District School Board CUPE represents a number of our school level employees including custodians, school clerical staff, IT and librarians. Please also note that employee groups as EAs, ECEs, and various Special Education Support Staff such as CDCs, CDAs, SLPs, etc. are not part of CUPE and therefore the CUPE job sanctions do not affect the services that these employee groups deliver to our students on a daily basis.
CUPE employees provide important services in our schools and the withdrawal of those services may cause challenges. While we will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts, the Near North District School Board is working diligently to minimize any impact on students and the school community.