Labour Updates

January 19, 2020 Update

 
As there are not any negotiation sessions scheduled at the provincial level at this time, parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children for Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
 
We understand this may have an enormous impact on families. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. Please continue to monitor the LDCSB website, social media channels and SchoolMessenger for any updates.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) gave notice last week that they will engage in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
 
In-school classes will be cancelled and all LDCSB schools will be closed to all students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. This cancellation affects all elementary schools, all secondary schools, alternative education programs and some adult and continuing education programs.
 
Other programs and buildings will be affected as follows:
  • All sports and other extracurricular events are cancelled.
  • All before and after school programs are cancelled.
  • Daycare centres located at LDCSB schools are open.
  • Family Centres located at LDCSB schools are open.
  • All Community Use of Schools programs/events will run as scheduled.
  • Some adult and continuing education programs may be cancelled. The Centre for Lifelong Learning will be in contact with students and clients with additional information.
 
All non-OECTA staff are expected to report to their school or workplace as usual. In addition, the Board Office will remain open.
 
OECTA represents approximately 1,300 teaching staff at all LDCSB schools (elementary, secondary and the Centre for Lifelong Learning) and the Board office.
 
 
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has given notice that they will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

OECTA represents approximately 1,300 teaching staff at all LDCSB schools (elementary, secondary and the Centre for Lifelong Learning) and the Board office.

If a labour agreement has NOT been reached by the evening of Monday, January 20:

In-school classes will be cancelled and all LDCSB schools will be closed to students on January 21, 2020. This cancellation affects all elementary schools, all secondary schools, alternative education programs and some adult and continuing education programs. Parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children if required.

Other programs and buildings will be affected as follows:

  • All sports and other extracurricular events are cancelled.
  • All before and after school programs are cancelled.
  • Daycare centres located at LDCSB schools are open.
  • Family Centres located at LDCSB schools are open.
  • All Community Use of Schools programs/events will run as scheduled.
  • Some adult and continuing education programs may be cancelled. The Centre for Lifelong Learning will be in contact with students and clients with additional information. 

All non-OECTA staff are expected to report to their school or workplace as usual. In addition, the Board Office will remain open.

We understand this may have an enormous impact on families. These decisions were made in the interest of student and staff safety, security and well-being. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. Please continue to monitor the LDCSB website, social media channels and SchoolMessenger for any updates.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has directed its members across Ontario to not participate in any EQAO-related activities, including the administration and marking of the Grade 9 Math Assessment, as part of their Work to Rule labour action.

As a result, LDCSB students will not be participating in the upcoming EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment.

How will this decision affect courses/grades?
All Ontario students enrolled in Grade 9 applied/academic mathematics are normally required to take the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment. Historically in the LDCSB, a student’s performance on the assessment forms part of their overall mark in the course.

Teachers will continue to work through curriculum, weigh student achievement and use their professional judgement to determine the student’s report card grade. The final evaluation of the course will allow students an opportunity to demonstrate comprehensive achievement of the overall expectations for the course.


We will continue to communicate updates affecting LDCSB schools on our websites, social media channels and through SchoolMessenger. OECTA represents approximately 1,300 teaching staff at all LDCSB schools (elementary, secondary and the Centre for Lifelong Learning) and the Board office.
 
Details about OECTA’s Work to Rule labour actions are available at catholicteachers.ca
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that its members across Ontario may begin Work to Rule labour action starting Monday, January 13.
 
OECTA represents approximately 1,300 teaching staff at all LDCSB schools (both elementary and secondary) and the Board office.
 
All LDCSB schools will remain open.
 
While the LDCSB remains hopeful that a provincial agreement is reached prior to the start of any labour action, we will be sure to communicate updates affecting LDCSB schools on our websites, social media channels and through SchoolMessenger.
 
Details about OECTA’s Work to Rule labour actions are available at catholicteachers.ca
 

As you may have heard, some labour groups (OSSTF, ETFO, etc.) representing school staff have announced various types of labour action (work to rule, withdrawal of services, walkouts, etc.).

LDCSB staff are not members of OSSTF or ETFO, and will not be participating in any labour actions announced by those organizations.

LDCSB teaching staff are represented by OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association) and negotiations with the province are still on-going.

We will be sure to post any updates affecting LDCSB schools through our websites, social media channels and SchoolMessenger.

An agreement has been reached at the provincial level with CUPE. Thank you for your prayers and patience!

Community Use of Schools programs remain cancelled for Monday, but will resume as scheduled beginning Tuesday. The Elementary Cross Country Meet remains cancelled. Secondary School athletics remain unchanged; all games scheduled to be played on Monday will continue as scheduled.

Provincial level negotiations with CUPE are continuing throughout the weekend to avert full strike action beginning Monday, October 7 should an agreement not be reached. With a media blackout in place, updates will not be received. We remain hopeful. Please continue to pray for all those involved in the negotiations process, as well as our LDCSB community.
 
If there is any news Sunday, we will send notice up to 10:30 pm Sunday evening.
If there is news overnight Sunday, we will send an update between 5:30 and 6:30 am on Monday.
 
As a reminder, if a labour agreement has NOT been reached by early on Monday, October 7: in-school classes will be cancelled and all LDCSB schools will be closed to students. This cancellation affects all elementary schools, all secondary schools as well as adult, alternative and continuing education programs. 

While negotiations are expected to resume this Friday and continue through the weekend, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing education workers across the province has given notice that they will be engaging in full strike action beginning Monday, October 7 unless an agreement is reached.

The LDCSB will announce any potential class/program cancellations or if schools will be closed to students by 11 am on Friday, October 4.

Families should be considering alternate arrangements for their children for next week. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. Any decisions will be made in the interest of student and staff safety, security and well-being.

Please continue to monitor the LDCSB website, social media channels and SchoolMessenger for any updates.

CUPE represents roughly 800 LDCSB support staff, including educational assistants (EAs), early childhood educators (ECEs), school office staff, custodial and maintenance staff, librarians as well as others.

While negotiations are expected to resume this Friday and continue through the weekend, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing education workers across the province has given notice that they will be engaging in full strike action beginning Monday, October 7 unless an agreement is reached. 

 

If a labour agreement has NOT been reached by early on Monday, October 7:

 

In-school classes will be cancelled and all LDCSB schools will be closed to students. This cancellation affects all elementary schools, all secondary schools as well as adult, alternative and continuing education programs. 

 

Other programs and buildings will be affected as follows:

 

  • All sports and other extracurricular events are cancelled.
  • The Board office will remain open.
  • All before and after school programs are cancelled.
  • All Community Use of Schools programs/events are cancelled.
  • Daycare centres located at LDCSB schools are open/closed on a case by case basis. Daycare centres will be in contact with their families with additional information.
  • Family Centres located at LDCSB schools are open/closed on a case by case basis. 

 

Non-CUPE staff are expected to report to their school or workplace as usual. 

 

We understand this may have an enormous impact on families. These decisions were made in the interest of student and staff safety, security and well-being. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. Please continue to monitor the LDCSB website, social media channels and SchoolMessenger for any updates.

 

CUPE represents roughly 800 LDCSB support staff, including educational assistants (EAs), early childhood educators (ECEs), school office staff, custodial and maintenance staff, librarians as well as others. 

To our LDCSB families: The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing education workers across the province has given notice that they will be engaging in full strike action beginning Monday, October 7.

The LDCSB is currently examining the impact a full strike will have on school operations. Please monitor the LDCSB website, social media channels and SchoolMessenger for any updates.

We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. Parents and guardians may wish to consider alternate childcare arrangements for next week.

CUPE represents LDCSB support staff, including educational assistants (EAs), early childhood educators (ECEs), school office staff, custodial and maintenance staff, librarians as well as others.