CUPE

Latest update - as of Oct. 6, 2019


On Oct. 2, the provincial branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced their intent to proceed with a full legal strike across Ontario, beginning Monday, Oct. 7. In the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), CUPE represents our custodial and maintenance staff. 

On Sunday, October 6, CUPE negotiated a tentative provincial agreement with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario trustees’ associations. As a result, members of CUPE will resume their regular duties beginning on Monday, October 7, 2019.

Community use permits issued for SCDSB schools are no longer on hold and may resume as of Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

Previous updates

October 6, 2019 - Update 1
SCDSB schools to remain open on Monday, Oct. 7

On Oct. 2, the provincial branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced their intent to proceed with a full legal strike across Ontario, beginning Monday, Oct. 7. In the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), CUPE represents custodial and maintenance staff. We continue to monitor the situation and remain hopeful that a provincial contract can be negotiated. 
 
SCDSB schools will remain open to students and staff on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. 
 
Should CUPE's provincial branch proceed with a full legal strike across Ontario, there may be picket lines at some schools. Picketing is a legal action undertaken during a strike that involves slowing entry and access to the employer’s facilities. The main purpose of this action is to share the union’s point of view and communicate with the public. Parents/guardians and staff should exercise their discretion and understand that this may cause delays throughout the day, but in particular at drop-off and pick-up times.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates whenever possible. For more information and updates, visit the labour updates page on our website or follow us on social media (Twitter: @SCDSB_Schools or Facebook: www.facebook.com/SCDSB).

October 3, 2019
CUPE workers announce full provincial withdrawal of service beginning Monday, Oct. 7

On Oct. 2, the provincial branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced their intent to proceed with a full legal strike across Ontario, beginning Monday, Oct. 7. In the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), CUPE represents our custodial and maintenance staff.

Our priority during any job action is the safety of our students.

We remain hopeful that a provincial contract can be negotiated. At this time, SCDSB schools will remain open to students and staff. Staff are evaluating the potential impacts of a full, legal strike, which could at some point include the decision to close all SCDSB schools to students. We will communicate directly with parents/guardians by email and/or phone only if a decision is made to close SCDSB schools to students. Should the decision be made to close schools to students, before and after school programs in our buildings will not operate. Please monitor the SCDSB website (
www.scdsb.on.ca) as any closures will also be posted as a special alert by 6 a.m. on the day the closures begin.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates whenever possible. For more information and updates, visit the labour updates page on our website or follow us on social media (Twitter: @SCDSB_Schools or Facebook: www.facebook.com/SCDSB).

Thank you for your understanding.

October 2, 2019
CUPE workers announce full provincial withdrawal of service beginning Monday, Oct. 7

On Oct. 2, the provincial branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced their intent to proceed with a full legal strike across Ontario, beginning Monday, Oct. 7. In the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), CUPE represents our custodial and maintenance staff.

We remain hopeful that a contract can be negotiated. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates whenever possible. 

Thank you for your understanding.

October 1, 2019
Community use of school (external) permits placed on hold indefinitely

On Sept. 30, the provincial branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) began job action in the form of work-to-rule across the province of Ontario. Work-to-rule means a partial withdrawal of service by the employee group. In the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), CUPE represents our custodial and maintenance staff.

As a result of this work-to-rule job action, all external permits in SCDSB schools and facilities will be indefinitely on hold beginning Oct. 1, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your patience and understanding.

September 25, 2019
Information for families regarding CUPE job action

On Sept. 25, the provincial branch of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirmed that job action in the form of work-to-rule will begin across the province of Ontario on Monday, Sept. 30. Work-to-rule means a partial withdrawal of service by the employee group.

In the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), CUPE represents our custodial and maintenance staff. SCDSB schools will remain open to staff and students during this job action. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates whenever possible. For more information and updates, return to this page or follow us on social media (Twitter: @SCDSB_Schools or Facebook: www.facebook.com/SCDSB).

Thank you for your understanding.