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Labour Relations Update – November 08, 2019
Posted on 11/11/2019
Labour Relations Update – November 08, 2019

As part of the labour negotiations process, both the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have now received what is referred to as a “No Board report” from the Ministry of Labour. As a result, the OSSTF will be in a legal strike position on Monday, November 18, 2019 and the ETFO will be in a legal strike position on Monday, November 25, 2019.

This does not mean that strikes are planned or will take place. A union must alert the public at least five days in advance before it can go on strike or withdraw services.

These unions represent OCDSB employees across nine bargaining units. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents elementary teachers and occasional teachers. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation represents secondary teachers; secondary occasional teachers; office, clerical and technical staff; custodial and maintenance staff; educational assistants; early childhood educators; adult education workers; and professional support staff.

The OCDSB is preparing for how we could support students and parents in the event of a partial or full strike from teachers, support staff, or child care workers. Our priority focus is the health and safety of students.

We know labour negotiations can be uncertain and we will continue to keep parents and students informed. There are no strikes currently scheduled to take place, but we did want to ensure parents are prepared for the possibility of labour disruption. For example, parents with young children or those in extended day programs may wish to consider in advance what other options they might have for childcare or speak with their employer about possible flexibility in work arrangements.

Regular updates will continue to be provided to parents by email and posting of the latest news to our Labour Negotiations webpage and social media accounts. Should you have any urgent questions, please contact your school principal.

 

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