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.
Schools WILL BE OPEN and buses will run on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, as a provincial agreement has been reached. Peel District School Board employees who are represented by CUPE will resume their regular work duties tomorrow.
Please note that on Oct. 7, before-school programs will not operate, however, after-school programs will run. Child care programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers will open at 8:30 a.m.
We are thankful for this outcome and look forward to welcoming all Peel students and staff on Monday.
As you know, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is currently in job action across the province. On Oct. 2, 2019, CUPE announced that they would begin full withdrawal of services—strike action—across the province on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, unless progress is made at the central bargaining table.
The status of schools will vary from school board to school board depending on which employee groups CUPE represents. In the Peel District School Board, CUPE members—administrative assistants, food service workers, library technicians, and custodial, maintenance and audio/visual repair staff—play an important safety role. They are responsible for daily health and safety checks, help when busing issues arise, and provide support that helps keep students and staff safe, and schools running smoothly.
After thoughtful consideration, we have determined that student safety cannot be ensured during a CUPE strike. As such, as of Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, all schools will be closed to students, unless a provincial agreement is made.
Beginning Oct. 7, 2019, please do not send your child to school. You do not need to call in your child's absence. Since we do not know how long the strike will last, we recommend that you begin making alternate plans for the care of your children, in the event that a strike proceeds.
All weekend classes and permits will continue as usual on Oct. 5 and 6. As of Oct. 7, 2019, the following will also be
cancelled/closed until further notice:
If a settlement is reached over the weekend and/or the CUPE strike is suspended, schools will be open on Monday, Oct. 7. However, whenever the strike ends, before-school programs will not operate on the first day back. After-school programs will run when schools re-open. Child care programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers will open at 8:30 a.m. on the first day back.
During the CUPE strike and resulting school closures, students will miss course and class work. Because we don't know how long the strike will last, we are not yet in a position to address the loss of learning.
We appreciate that this is frustrating for families and students, and we will continue to monitor the labour situation and provide updates to you as they become available. As changes in strike action can happen at any time, it is important that you stay connected and look for updates. To find out the status of schools:
We remain hopeful that an agreement may be reached over the weekend. If that happens, we will inform staff, students and families as soon as possible. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.
This morning, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would begin a full withdrawal of service—strike action—across the province on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, unless progress is made at the central bargaining table.
At this time, the Peel District School Board is confirming details of the strike action and its impact on school operations. We will provide an update directly to families, staff and students once a decision has been made.
We appreciate that, depending on the decision, there may be significant impacts on your family. Families are encouraged to begin to explore alternate child care arrangements for next week, in the event strike action results in school closures.
We will communicate the board's decision as soon as it is made.
Thank you for your ongoing understanding.
Possible delays in entering elementary schools as of Sept. 30
Last week, the Peel District School Board announced that it would leave the main entrance doors into elementary schools open as a result of provincial job action by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Upon review, we have reversed this decision.
Until further notice, doors into Peel board elementary schools will continue to remain locked during school hours. However, we recognize that access may be significantly delayed.
As always, please continue to use the buzzer/intercom system located near the main entrance to request access. Our apologies for any delay you may experience. We encourage you to continue to call ahead if you plan to visit the school outside of high-traffic times during the school day.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.
On Sept. 25, 2019, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would begin provincial job action across Ontario on Sept. 30, 2019. This means that CUPE members in the Peel District School Board—administrative assistants, food service workers, library technicians, and custodial, maintenance and audio/visual repair staff—will be engaged in job action as of Monday. No other union or federation has indicated job action at this time.
Schools will remain open, with health and safety as a key priority. Childcare centres, and before- and after-school programs will also remain open.
Given this job action, some things you normally expect as part of the school experience may be affected. Schools MAY need to postpone or cancel programs, activities and/or events. If that happens, schools will communicate this directly to you as soon as possible.
CUPE provincial has indicated that their members will not operate the door buzzer system at this time. As it is not possible for school administrators to take this on as an added task given their other responsibilities, during labour action, front doors into elementary schools—located next to school offices—will remain open during the school day. It is our expectation that visitors will continue to be greeted by office staff when they enter school buildings and must sign in at the office before proceeding anywhere. All other exterior doors to elementary schools will remain locked.
We understand that this provincial labour situation is causing uncertainty and frustration for students, staff and families. Student safety is a key priority and we do everything we can to minimize the impact of job action on students and families. We are closely monitoring negotiations and hope all parties can reach fair, mutually agreeable agreements as quickly as possible.
This morning, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirmed that job action will begin across the province on Monday, Sept. 30. In the Peel District School Board, CUPE members include administrative assistants, library technicians, and custodial, maintenance and audio/visual repair staff.
At this time, Peel District School Board staff are reviewing the job action directive from CUPE provincial to members to determine the impact these will have on school and work site operations, and to learning and working. Peel schools will remain open to staff and students during this job action.
We appreciate that timely communication is important to you, and we commit to providing you with additional details on the job action as soon as we can. We expect to be in a position to share more information with you as early as tomorrow.
You may be hearing about potential Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) job action in schools across Ontario beginning next week. In the Peel District School Board, CUPE represents administrative assistants, library technicians, custodial, maintenance and AV repair staff. Although CUPE includes Early Childhood Educators in other school boards, they are not represented by CUPE in the Peel board.
At this time, CUPE has not informed the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association that they plan to take any job action. We must be informed of any job action five days in advance. If we become aware of any job action, we will communicate with staff and families as soon as possible. We want to be able to share what the job action is and the possible impacts it will have on learning and working in Peel schools and work sites.
We will monitor this situation and keep you updated as information becomes available.
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