We will update families as soon as information is available www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining. For timely updates, you can subscribe to the page by clicking on the “Subscribe to this page” button. In the event of a general strike on Monday, parents and guardians are informed directly by a courier before the start of the school day. Updates are also published on www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining. We are pleased to inform you that the Ontario Education Workers` Alliance (EWAO), the Ontario government and the Associations of the Board of Directors have reached an interim agreement. On Thursday, March 12, 2020, an interim collective agreement was reached by the Ontario Catholic Teachers` Association (OECD), the Ontario Catholic School Trust Association (OCSTA) and the Ontario government. As a result, the OECD suspended all strike activities until the agreement was ratified. As a Catholic school board, we respect the rights of workers` unions and are pleased that an agreement has been reached. We will continue to inform all of our labour groups on www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining. Local collective bargaining between the Board of Directors and its PMP partners is expected to begin at the end of the central negotiation process.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents education workers across the province, launched a strike action effective Monday, October 7, 2019. A legal strike can be a normal part of the collective bargaining process during labour negotiations. While negotiations have continued in recent days, no agreement has been reached between the Ontario Teachers` Association (OECD), the Ontario government and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees` Association. CUPE represents custodial/maintenance staff, teaching assistants and secretarial/klerikal/technician staff in their activities on the Board of Directors. The current collective agreement between the parties expired on August 31, 2019. The negotiating partner, representing CUPE Local 218 at the provincial level under the SBCBA, served OCSTA on May 3, 2019 with its negotiating statement. We respect that the legal stages of work are part of the collective bargaining process and we will continue to update families as soon as www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining information becomes available.