The Greater Essex County District School Board is committed to providing parents / guardians and all members of the communities we serve with important, up-to-date information regarding the status of contract negotiations with our teachers and support staff.
We respect and appreciate our employees, believe in their rights to bargain collectively and we have faith in the process to reach negotiated agreements that are fair to all parties. Our ultimate concern is the safety, well-being and achievement of our students.
Updates on collective bargaining for each of the unions / federations representing GECDSB employees will be posted in the left-hand margin of this page.
January 21, 2020
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 27 and the Greater Essex County
District School Board (GECDSB) are pleased to jointly announce that the
tentative local collective agreement reached on December 18, 2019 has now been
ratified by both parties.
representatives of each group will continue to work together collaboratively to
implement the new agreement.
at GECDSB represents approximately 245 Custodial and Maintenance employees.
January 11, 2020
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has announced that it will expand its current, legal work-to-rule job action beginning Monday, January 13, 2020.
This means that in addition to withdrawing various administrative duties, educators will not participate in extra-curricular activities except for those that are scheduled within the regular school day; educators will not plan or participate in any assemblies, except to provide supervision to students; and educators will not participate in field trips. Extra-curricular activities after the school day are cancelled effective January 13, and previously planned field trips are also cancelled. Schools will work with families on refunding any fees paid where possible.
It is important for families to know that there continues to be no impact on student learning and the delivery of the curriculum at this time.
ETFO has also indicated that if the government does not address critical issues by January 17, 2020, ETFO members will begin rotating strikes beginning January 20, 2020. While we have no further information on what this might look like for families it may be prudent for families to begin seeking alternative arrangements for child care should rotating strikes occur. The Board will be given five days notice should strike action take place.
We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon at the central bargaining table between the province, the unions, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table.
January 7, 2020
A one day, legal strike by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) will cause the closure of all GECDSB elementary and secondary schools to students on Wednesday, January 8th. Student transportation will not operate.
Schools will be open and student transportation will resume on Thursday, January 9th.
January 4, 2020
In the event that a tentative agreement is not
reached with the Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) Teachers and Education Workers by the end of the day Tuesday
January 7, 2020, OSSTF has announced a one-day full withdrawal of services
(walkout) for Wednesday, January 8th. This is in addition to their
current work-to-rule campaign.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation for the
Greater Essex County District School Board includes:
Secondary school teachers
(contract & occasional)
Assistants (E.A.s) (elementary & secondary)
Childhood Educators (E.C.E.s) (elementary)
student services personnel (P.S.S.P.)
- Child and
Youth Workers (C.Y.W.s) (elementary and secondary)
Service Workers (D.S.W.s)
and Employment Services Employees (L.E.S.E.)
OSSTF Educational Support Staff withdrawing services
will have a significant impact on elementary schools, in that, without
Educational Assistants, Developmental Service Workers, Child and Youth Workers
and Early Childhood Educators we will not be in a position to provide the
necessary supervision of students which will present significant safety concerns.
If the walkout occurs, the full withdraw of services will impact both
our elementary and secondary students and we will need to close all GECDSB schools "to
students" on January 8, 2020.
December 19, 2019
The Greater Essex
County District School Board and CUPE Local 27 are pleased to announce that a
tentative agreement between the parties was reached on December 18, 2019.
agreement was reached through a collaborative process and represents the best
possible outcome for all involved, providing stability and security moving
forward for both employees and the Board.
agreement remains subject to ratification by the CUPE Local 27 members and the
Trustees of the Greater Essex County District School Board. Ratification
meetings will take place early in the new year.
December 4, 2019
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation has declared a one day, full withdrawal of services for Wednesday, December 4th. This strike impacts all GECDSB elementary, secondary and continuing education schools.
All GECDSB schools will be closed to students and student transportation is cancelled.
Schools will reopen to students and student transportation will operate on Thursday, December 5th.
December 2, 2019
Families should be prepared for the possibility of school closures on Wednesday, December 4th.
If a tentative agreement has not been reached with the Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers' Federation by Tuesday (Dec. 3rd) members of the union will participate in a legal, one day, full withdrawal of service on Wednesday, December 4th.
If that occurs:
All Greater Essex County
District School Board schools – Elementary, Secondary & Continuing
Education – will be closed to students on that day
Student transportation for
GECDSB students will be cancelled
All Early On centres located in GECDSB schools will
Coop students will not report
to their placements
School-based daycare centres may be open - check with your provider to learn their status.
GECDSB schools, student transportation and programs are scheduled to
resume operation on Thursday, December 5th.
November 29, 2019
The OSSTF has provided official notice of a potential, full withdrawal of services on Wednesday, December 4th. There are negotiations scheduled for the weekend (November 30 - December 1). In the event that a tentative agreement is not reached by the end of the day, Tuesday, December 3rd, the federation indicates that the walkout will take place.
The Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers Federation represents:
Secondary school teachers (contract & occasional)
Educational Assistants (E.A.s) (elementary & secondary)
Early Childhood Educators (E.C.E.s) (elementary)
Professional student services personnel (P.S.S.P.)
Child and Youth Workers (C.Y.W.s) (elementary and secondary)
Developmental Service Workers (D.S.W.s)
Continuing Education Instructors
Language and Employment Services Employees (L.E.S.E.)
In the event that the withdrawal of services goes ahead on December 4th the implications on student safety will require the GECDSB to close all schools (secondary and elementary) for that day only.
The GECDSB will update information on Monday, December 2nd.
November 22, 2019
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced that it would begin a legal job action across Ontario on Tuesday, November 26th in support of its collective bargaining position.
Schools will remain open, with health and safety of students being the priority.
OSSTF members have served notice that they will not perform a number of administrative duties, but their actions will not impact students or their families.
Members will be periodically establishing information pickets at schools or Board facilities before and after school and during lunch hours. OSSTF has indicated that "picket lines will not significantly inhibit the passage of people and vehicles onto school board properties".
We remain committed to providing our families with the latest information in a timely manner.
November 21, 2019
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced that it would begin a legal job action across Ontario on Tuesday, November 26th in support of its collective bargaining position.
No other union or federation has indicated a job action at this time.
Throughout the course of the ETFO job action schools will remain open, with health and safety of students being the priority. Childcare centres and before & after-school programs will also remain open.
The Board will do everything possible to minimize the impact of this job action, each instructional day, on students and their families. We are closely monitoring negotiations and hope all parties can reach fair and mutually acceptable agreements as quickly as possible.
We remain committed to providing our families and communities with the latest information in a timely manner.
October 6, 2019
School and student transportation will proceed as usual on Monday, October 7th.
October 4, 2019
In the event of a strike on Monday, October 7th by GECDSB employees represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) EarlyON Centres operated by the City of Windsor at: Amherstburg PS, General Brock PS, Dougall PS, Harrow PS, Lakeshore Discovery School, M.D. Bennie PS, Princess Elizabeth PS, and Talbot Trail PS will be closed.
EarlyON Centres at: Roseville PS, John Campbell PS West Gate PS, Begley PS and Queen Elizabeth PS; will remain open.
Day care centres and Latchkey programs will be open and operate as usual.
October 3, 2019
All Greater Essex County District School Board schools will
be open and student transportation will operate as usual on Monday, October 7th,
regardless of the outcome of contract talks scheduled for this weekend on a new
collective agreement for employees represented by the Canadian Union of Public
GECDSB teachers, administrators and education support staff
will still be in schools and a plan will be in place to maintain student safety
and building operations in the absence of striking staff, should a work
October 2, 2019
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has officially served notice to the Crown and Council of Trustees Association that it will be escalating its legal job action to a full withdraw of services as of October 7, 2019 if a new collective agreement has not been reached.
The GECDSB remains hopeful that bargaining will continue and a settlement can be secured before the deadline.
However we are developing contingency plans in the event of a work stoppage by CUPE employees*.
Clear and timely communication with our school communities is a priority. Our website – www.publicboard.ca
and social media platforms (Twitter - @GECDSBPRO Facebook – Gecdsb Greater Essex County District School Board) will have updates when there is new information to share.
*CUPE represents GECDSB custodial, maintenance, clerical and information technology staff
September 30, 2019
The legal job action undertaken by Canadian Union of Public Employees representing GECDSB custodial, maintenance, clerical and information technology staff has necessitated a pause on all Community Use of Schools rental permits, effective Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
The Job Action includes the withdrawal of certain duties which are essential to the safe use of our schools by community groups.