This web page is your source for information and updates on current labour issues facing the Peel District School Board. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.
Collective agreement bargaining underway
The Ministry of Education imposed new terms for the collective agreements of school board employee groups under Bill 115 on January 3, 2013. These contracts are retroactive to September 1, 2012 and expired on August 31, 2014.
Bargaining between the province and unions representing public servants, including teachers and school support staff, has been underway since the fall of 2014, as outlined in the
School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014.
You can view a full list of unionized groups in the Peel board at www.peelschools.org/aboutus/labour/unions.
Frequently Asked Questions
View frequently asked questions regarding the potential secondary teachers' strike
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR FAMILIES:
Potential job action by Peel secondary teachers
April 15, 2015
The purpose of this update is to inform Peel District School Board families on the status of labour negotiations with its secondary teachers. We know that, as parents, it's important for you to know how this situation may affect your teen so I'm writing to provide you with an update.
The Peel board is now in receipt of a
No-Board Report. The
Ontario Labour Relations Act requires the receipt of a
No-Board Report before the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation can announce legal strike action. As per the act, school boards must be given five days' notice before any strike action can be taken. As such,
the earliest Peel secondary teachers may be on strike is April 25, 2015. Similar job action is currently being taken in seven school boards across Ontario—Durham, Halton, Lakehead, Ottawa-Carleton, Rainbow and Waterloo Region.
Our concern is with the safety of our students. We want you to clearly understand the status of our schools if there is a strike in Peel secondary schools. We want to make sure families have as much notice as possible.
If a strike occurs, all Peel secondary schools will be closed to students. This means:
- All regular instructional programs for grade 9 to 12 students are cancelled.
- Extracurricular activities, field trips and school events are cancelled.
- Buses for secondary students will not operate. Buses will continue their routes for elementary students only.
- Teachers may be picketing outside Peel secondary schools. Picketing is not expected to take place outside Peel elementary schools.
If you have questions, or want to know what is happening in Peel board schools related to negotiations:
- Look for updates on
social media—follow @PeelSchools on Twitter and/or like our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peelschools.
- Visit the Peel board website at
Our priority during any job action is the safety of our students. We will continue to monitor the situation and its impact on Peel board students. We are committed to keeping you informed and will update
www.peelschools.org/labour and communicate with you directly, as the situation changes.
As a board, we respect our secondary teachers and value their work with students. We remain committed to reaching fair, negotiated agreements with all of our employee groups. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding.
Chair, Peel District School Board
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Update on status of negotiations with Ontario Secondary School Teachers - March 14, 2015
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