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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​

​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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