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Labour Negotiations 2019
​​​​​​​​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​

 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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