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Labour Relations

This webpage will provide on-going updates to UGDSB parents/guardians, students, staff and school community members regarding labour issues affecting the school system.


Labour Updates

In the UGDSB, CUPE represents custodial and maintenance staff and ESL Instructors in our Adult ESL Continuing Education program.


November 4, 2019

The central agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing 55,000 education workers across the province has been ratified by school boards and the union, and agreed to by the Government of Ontario. 


October 6, 2019

On Sunday Oct. 6, the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the provincial government reached a tentative agreement with CUPE. As such, CUPE has agreed to stop all job action while awaiting ratification of the deal. 

All UGDSB schools will be open on Monday Oct. 7. 


October 4, 2019

As you may be aware, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) intends to engage in a full withdrawal of services effective Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. 

In the UGDSB, CUPE represents custodial and maintenance staff, and ESL Instructors in our Adult ESL Continuing Education program. In the UGDSB, we have 34 elementary and 9 secondary schools with CUPE custodial employees (out of 76 schools). Maintenance at all UGDSB schools and board sites is performed by CUPE members. 

All UGDSB CUPE schools and board sites will be open on Monday, Oct. 7. 

However, there may be picket lines at some schools that you may encounter. This may cause delays throughout the day, but in particular at drop-off and pick-up times. 

Please be aware that this is a fluid and changing situation. Each day, we will assess our schools for health and safety considerations. If in the event a school has to close the next day, parents will be notified by their school principal by phone as soon as possible. Information regarding school closures will be posted on school and board websites. 

We know that this may cause a disruption to families; we value our CUPE employees and thank you for your understanding. 

Please visit the board website for on-going updates at ugdsb.ca/labour


October 2, 2019

On Oct. 2, 2019, CUPE gave 5-days’ notice that they were going to escalate job action, with full strike action starting across the province on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. The CUPE work to rule campaign will continue in the meantime. Provincial negotiations may continue this week and into the weekend. 

All UGDSB CUPE schools and board sites will be open on Monday, Oct. 7. 

In the UGDSB, CUPE represents custodial and maintenance staff, and ESL Instructors in our Adult ESL Continuing Education program. In the UGDSB, we have 34 elementary and 9 secondary schools with CUPE custodial employees (out of 76 schools). Maintenance at all UGDSB schools and board sites is performed by CUPE members. 

There will be an impact on UGDSB CUPE schools and board sites, including possible picket lines affecting vehicular traffic, and possible bus delays (including field trips). All Community Use will be cancelled at CUPE schools and board sites as of Monday Oct. 7. Commencement ceremonies at various secondary schools will proceed as scheduled.

School administrators will monitor their schools for any health and safety concerns. The safety and well-being of our students remains our top priority. The board will continue to monitor the situation closely.


September 25, 2019

On Sept. 25, 2019, CUPE announced provincially that it would begin Phase 1 of work-to-rule job action, starting on Sept. 30, 2019. The job action involves a partial withdrawal of services. 

In the UGDSB, CUPE represents Custodial and Maintenance employees, and ESL Instructors.

During Phase 1 of job action, certain job responsibilities will not be completed in schools. At this time, all schools will remain open. School administrators will monitor their schools for any health and safety concerns. 

The safety and well-being of our students remains our top priority. The board will continue to monitor the situation closely.

UGDSB schools with CUPE custodial staff that would be affected by a provincial CUPE strike:

Elementary:

  • Aberfoyle PS
  • Alma PS
  • Arbour Vista PS
  • Brant Avenue PS
  • Central PS
  • Credit Meadows PS
  • Drayton Heights PS
  • Edward Johnson PS
  • Erin PS
  • F.A. Hamilton PS
  • Gateway Drive PS
  • Guelph Lake PS
  • John Galt PS
  • John McCrae PS
  • June Avenue PS
  • King George PS
  • Kortright Hills PS
  • Laurelwoods ES
  • Minto-Clifford PS
  • Montgomery Village PS
  • Ottawa Crescent PS
  • Paisley Road PS
  • Parkinson Centennial PS
  • Princess Elizabeth PS
  • Princess Margaret PS
  • Priory Park PS
  • Rickson Ridge PS
  • Sir Isaac Brock PS
  • Spencer Avenue PS
  • Victory PS
  • Waverley Drive PS
  • Westminster Woods PS
  • Westwood PS
  • Willow Road PS

Secondary:

  • CDDHS
  • CWDHS
  • Centennial CVI
  • College Heights SS
  • Erin DHS
  • Guelph CVI
  • John F. Ross CVI
  • Orangeville DSS
  • Westside SS

Other board sites:

  • Guelph Board Office
  • Island Lake Outdoor Education Centre
  • Orangeville Board Office
  • St. George's Centre for Adult ESL
  • Tytler Centre for Continuing Education
  • Wellington Centre for Continuing Education

Community Use to resume on Tuesday Oct. 8

The UGDSB's Community Use of Schools will resume on Tuesday Oct. 8, 2019.


Community Use as of Monday Oct. 7

Effective Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, CUS will be cancelled at all UGDSB CUPE schools and board sites. Board CUS staff will communicate with CUS permit holders directly in the event of a cancellation. Community Use participants should contact their permit holder directly if they have questions.


Community Use - Possibility of disruptions during job action

During any job action, all Community Use permit holders in the UGDSB should closely monitor the status of their permits. All Community Use permits will be reviewed case-by-case and staff will communicate with permit holders directly if there will be disruption.

We thank you for your understanding.

In the UGDSB, ETFO represents elementary teachers and occasional teachers.

No updates at this time.

In the UGDSB, OSSTF Teachers represents secondary teachers and occasional teachers.

No updates at this time.

In the UGDSB, OSSTF Education Workers represents OCT, ESSP, ECE, and PSSP staff.

No updates at this time.

Picket Line Information for Members of the Community

Picketing during a lawful strike is a legal right of protest (Ontario Labour Relations Act). This information is provided to ensure that members of the school community have information related to picket lines.

Crossing a picket line

  1. All staff, students, parents and visitors have the right to cross picket lines without harassment or intimidation.
  2. When crossing a picket line, calmly inform the picket captain that you wish to cross.
  3. The picketers in a legal strike situation may stop an individual and speak to them for several minutes without breaking the law. Picketers may also pass out informational material which you may wish to accept.

Interactions with picketers

  1. We encourage individuals crossing the picket line to not get involved in arguments or altercations with people on the picket line. Please do not try to force your way through the picket line. You may choose to explain the reason you are entering school property (e.g. picking up a child).
  2. Intimidation or attempted intimidation of a person is unlawful.
  3. Should difficulties arise preventing your entrance, you should immediately leave the scene, call the school office, and ask to speak to a principal or vice-principal.
  4. Any criminal acts should be reported directly by the victim to the police.
  5. When possible, individuals should try to minimize the number of times during the day that they cross a picket line. This will minimize class delays and wait times.

Vehicles

  1. If you are driving through a picket line, please drive carefully to ensure that you do not injure a picketer. Pass through only when you have been permitted to do so.
  2. Parents dropping off and picking up their children are encouraged to park off school property and walk to the school. If possible, consider carpooling to reduce the number of vehicles crossing the picket line.
  3. While waiting to cross, individuals in vehicles should be careful to avoid blocking traffic on the road. It is suggested that individuals try to approach the school from the right side (so that they turn right into the driveway of the school), avoiding having to cross the road and waiting in the middle of the road.

October 7, 2019

All Adult ESL Continuing Education classes are running as normal. 


Adult ESL Continuing Education classes re: potential CUPE strike

In the event of a provincial CUPE strike beginning Monday Oct. 7, all Adult ESL Continuing Education classes in the UGDSB will be cancelled. Classes will be cancelled at St. George’s Centre, Tytler Centre for Continuing Education and the Wellington Centre for Continuing Education in Guelph, as well as the Adult ESL class held in Orangeville.

All buildings will remain open on Monday Oct. 7 so Adult ESL learners can work individually on site from 9am-3:30pm. Childminding will be available for learners who are working in the classrooms.

Bus transportation that is typically provided to the sites has been cancelled for Monday Oct. 7.

Please be aware that this is a fluid and changing situation. Each day, we will assess the situation and provide updates at www.ugdsb.ca/labour.