The Union of Canadian Public Employees (CUPE), which represents education workers across the province, has notified legal strike action with effect from Monday, October 7, 2019. A legal strike can be a normal part of the collective bargaining process during labour negotiations. While the Board of Directors is not directly involved in central negotiations at the provincial level, we respect the negotiation process and know that the parties are working diligently to reach an agreement while discussions continue. While we regret any disruption to student learning, we respect all of our employee groups and understand that legal strikes can be part of the collective bargaining process in the negotiation of a collective agreement. We value our ECEs and their partnership with our childminders and respect the fact that legal strikes can be a normal part of the collective bargaining process when negotiating a collective agreement. We continue to hope that an agreement will soon be reached and we will continue to communicate as soon as information becomes available on www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining. Durham District School Council (DCDSB) is pleased to announce that the Ontario Association of Catholic Teachers (OECTA) Durham Occasional Unit and the DCDSB have reached a preliminary agreement on local affairs to renew a collective agreement expiring August 31, 2022. The OECD ratified the agreement with its members on 29 July 2020 and the Management Board on 17 August 2020. DDSB President Michael Barrett says he respects their collective agreement with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation, although it expires on Aug. 31.
Reductions are made according to seniority, within the framework of the collective agreement and within the framework of reason. Barrett explains that if there is a need for more French teachers, for example, but they are lower on the list of seniors, they may not be the first to be cut. A typical example would be the fact that, compared to 2004 with 2018, we have 200,000 fewer students taught by 10,000 more students! (in addition to 7000 + ECEs) We are pleased to inform you that the Ontario Education Workers Alliance (EWAO), the Government of Ontario and the Council of Conservative Associations have reached a preliminary agreement. The DCDSB announces the ratification of the local collective agreement with the SPG As a Catholic school authority, we respect the collective bargaining rights of our workers` unions and we are delighted that a central agreement has been reached for the education workers represented by CUPE throughout the province. We hope that the negotiations will be concluded as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining. . . .