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Labour Negotiations Updates

Labour Updates image.jpgCollective agreements with education workers in Ontario expired August 31, 2019.

During the negotiations process the GECDSB will keep families and the community up to date with the most recent confirmed news and information on the Labour Negotiations 2019 section of this website.


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 – 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.

September 27, 2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would begin a legal job action in support of their collective bargaining position across Ontario on Sept. 30, 2019. 

CUPE members in the Greater Essex County District School Board include custodial and maintenance employees, school-based and central clerical staff as well as information technology personnel. 

No other union or federation has indicated job action at this time. 

Schools will remain open, with health and safety as a key priority. Childcare centres, and before and after-school programs will also remain open.​

​Student safety is a key priority and we will do everything we can to minimize the impact of job action on students and families. We are closely monitoring negotiations and hope all parties can reach fair, mutually acceptable agreements as quickly as possible. We commit to providing you with up-to-date information in a timely manner. ​


Scott Scantlebury10/7/2019 11:05 AM
Student of the Month for September

Student Trustees Jain and Johny with Kayla Kuharski-Baker.jpgThe Student of the Month for September is Kayla Kuharski-Baker, a Grade 12 student at Belle River District High School.

Over the past few years, Kayla has volunteered for an organization that provides     assistance to residents in impoverished countries. She helped with a building project in Costa Rica during the summer of 2016. While she was there, she helped a team of volunteers built barriers around homes to prevent flooding, helped out at the preschool and cleaned up the beach. This past summer Kayla helped build a preschool and a park in the country of Eswatini, Africa (formerly known as Swaziland). She also helped local students with their English.

Kayla is passionate about volunteering to help others and she is able to maintain a high academic average while dedicating much of her time to community service and fundraising. Kayla has held two fundraisers for Type 1 Diabetes which is something very               close to her heart. She has also held a fundraiser for Angelman Syndrome, a condition her niece has. Kayla has volunteered at many events, kids camps, and at the Unemployed Help Center. She just recently applied to help out at the Downtown Mission once a week and she is very excited to start volunteering there.

Congratulations Kayla for being selected by Student Senate as the Student of the Month for September

Scott Scantlebury9/17/2019 7:38 PM
Student Success Calendar of Upcoming Events

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Scott Scantlebury9/16/2019 2:25 PM