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Labour Negotiations 2019
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.
For information on the negotiations provincially visit the Ontario Public School Boards Association Labour Relations webpage​A

 
April 1, 2020

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1348 and the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) are pleased to jointly announce that the tentative local collective agreement reached on March 5, 2020 has now been ratified by both parties.

The representatives of each group will continue to work together collaboratively to implement the new agreement.

CUPE 1348 at GECDSB represents approximately 230 employees in a variety of roles including office, clerical and technical staff.

March 20, 2020
 
​A tentative collective agreement has been reached with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario. Please read the release issued by the Ontario Public School Boards' Association - OPSBA News Release - ETFO deal Mar.20-20.pdf

 March 5, 2020

The Greater Essex County District School Board and CUPE Local 1348 are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement between the parties was reached on March 5, 2020.

The tentative agreement was reached collaboratively through a detailed process and represents a positive outcome for all involved.  The tentative agreement provides stability and security moving forward for both employees and the Board. 

The tentative agreement remains subject to ratification by the CUPE Local 1348 members and the Trustees of the Greater Essex County District School Board.  Ratification meetings will take place over the next few weeks.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1348 represents approximately 230 employees in a variety of roles at the school board including office, clerical and technical staff.

February 18, 2020
​The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) have scheduled a province-wide, full withdrawal of services for Friday, February 21, 2020 if new collective agreements have not been reached this week.

The legal, Work to Rule sanctions being imposed by the unions will also continue, along with these rotating, one day strikes.

All GECDSB elementary, secondary and continuing education schools will be closed to students on Friday, February 21st and student transportation will be cancelled.

Maryvale and Regional Children's Centre will remain open and transportation will continue on Friday, February 21st.

​All schools are scheduled to reopen to students with student transportation on Monday, February 24, 2020. 

All EarlyON Centres in schools will be closed Friday, February 21. 

Talk2Me will not be held on Friday, February21, 2020.

If child care providers in schools wish to offer a full-day program on Friday, February 21st, they will inform families and the school principals. Please contact your child care provider for more information about hours and programming that may be offered on Friday, February 21st. There will be no board-provided transportation for any program that is open. 

Parents/guardians can find out more about child care partnership information at:  https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/socialservices-/Childrens-Services/Pages/Childrens-Services.aspx

Curiosity Club will be cancelled Friday, February 21, 2020.

YMCA Kids Club will be cancelled Friday, February 21, 2020.

​February 9, 2020

If a tentative central agreement has not been reached the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) will continue legal Work to Rule campaigns and a series of rotating strikes.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has declared two days of full withdrawal of services for Tuesday February 11 and Wednesday February 12, 2020. This strike impacts all GECDSB elementary schools.

On Tuesday February 11 and Wednesday February 12 all GECDSB elementary schools will be closed to elementary students and elementary student transportation is cancelled.

On Tuesday February 11 and Wednesday February 12 all GECDSB secondary schools will be open to secondary school students and secondary school student transportation will be provided.

Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation has declared a one day full withdrawal of services for Thursday February 13, 2020.  This strike impacts all GECDSB elementary schools, secondary schools and continuing education schools.

On Thursday February 13, all GECDSB elementary schools, secondary schools and continuing education schools will be closed to students and student transportation is cancelled.

Elementary parent-teacher interviews will not be held, as previously scheduled.

Maryvale and Regional Children's Centre will remain open and transportation will continue on Tuesday February 11, Wednesday February 12 and Thursday February 13. 

Friday February 14, 2020 is a Professional Activity day for both elementary and secondary schools.  All GECDSB elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students.

Elementary and Secondary Schools will reopen to students and student transportation will operate Tuesday February 18, 2020. 

All EarlyON Centres will be closed Tuesday February 11. Wednesday February 12 and Thursday February 13.  Some EarlyON Centres will be open on Friday February 14.  Please check here on Tuesday February 11 for updated information about Friday February 14.

Talk2Me will be closed.

Before and after-school child care - there is a possibility that child care will run full day (similar to January 8th and PA day programming). Programming will only be full-day, not run as before and after-school programs. Please note that there will be no Board provided transportation for any program that is open. If child care providers wish to offer a full-day program they will inform the school principal who will be able to let you know if it is open or not at each individual school.

Curiosity Club will be cancelled.

YMCA Kids Club will be cancelled. ​

February 1, 2020

​Collective bargaining negotiations with The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have broken off.

A tentative central agreement has not been reached. ETFO will continue its legal Work to Rule campaign and its series of rotating strikes.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has declared two days of full withdrawal of services for Thursday February 6 and Friday February 7, 2020. This strike impacts all GECDSB elementary schools and John McGivney Children's Centre School Authority.

All GECDSB elementary schools and John McGivney Children's Centre School Authority will be closed to elementary students and elementary student transportation is cancelled.

All GECDSB secondary schools will be open to secondary school students and secondary school student transportation will be provided.

Maryvale and Regional Children’s Centre will remain open and transportation will continue. 

Elementary Schools and John McGivney Children's Centre  School Authority will reopen to students and student transportation will operate Monday February 10, 2020. 

All EarlyON Centres will be closed. They will reopen on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Talk2Me will be closed.

Before and after-school child care, there is a possibility that child care will run full day (similar to January 8th and PA day programming). Programming will only be full-day, not run as before and after-school programs. Please note that there will be no Board provided transportation for any program that is open. If child care providers wish to offer a full-day program they will inform the school principal who will be able to let you know if it is open or not at each individual school.

Curiosity Club will be cancelled.

YMCA Kids Club will be cancelled.​

January 29, 2020
​Collective bargaining negotiations with The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) resumed today.
If a central agreement has not been reached by January 31st, ETFO will continue its legal Work to Rule campaign and its series of rotating strikes.
Thursday, February 6th a province-wide, one day strike (full withdrawal of services) has been scheduled.
Friday, February 7th GECDSB ETFO members will participate in an additional one day strike.
Families are encouraged to regularly check this page for updates and the status of schools. 
 
​January 27, 2020

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has declared a one day, full withdrawal of services for Wednesday, January 29, 2020.. This strike impacts all GECDSB elementary schools.

All GECDSB elementary schools will be closed to elementary students and elementary student transportation is cancelled.

All GECDSB secondary schools will be open to secondary school students and secondary school student transportation will be provided.

Elementary Schools will reopen to students and student transportation will operate on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Secondary Schools will have a PD day on Thursday, January 30, 2020.  Semester 2 will begin on Friday, January, 31, 2020

EarlyON Centres will be closed unless it is one of the GECDSB operated centres located at Begley, Roseville, John Campbell, West Gate and Queen Elizabeth. These centres will be open and will run regular hours on Wednesday.

Talk2Me will be closed

Before and after-school child care, there is a possibility that child care will run full day (similar to January 8th and PA day programming). Programming will only be full-day, not run as before and after-school programs. Please note that there will be no Board provided transportation for any program that is open. If child care providers wish to offer a full-day program they will inform the school principal who will be able to let you know if it is open or not at each individual school.

Curiosity Club will be cancelled.

YMCA Kids Club will be cancelled.​


January 22, 2020
 
As a result of the on-going provincial contract negotiations and legal strike action involving the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Kindergarten Communication of Learning and Term One Report Cards (Grades 1-8) will not be issued for elementary students.  

It is our expectation that communication with parents/guardians is on-going throughout the year. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher(s) at this time and/or at any time throughout the school year if they have questions regarding their child’s academic achievement and/or well-being.

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January 21, 2020

The 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.

The representatives of each group will continue to work together collaboratively to implement the new agreement.

CUPE 27 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:

  • OSSTF 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.)

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.

The tentative 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. 

The tentative 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 be closed

  • 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
A tentative agreement has been reached with employees represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Please refer to this: OPSBA News Release - Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the Provincial Government Reach a Tentative Agreement.
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 Employees.

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 stoppage occur.​

 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.

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