On Sept. 25, 2019, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would begin provincial job action across Ontario on Sept. 30, 2019. This means that CUPE members in the Peel District School Board—administrative assistants, food service workers, library technicians, and custodial, maintenance and audio/visual repair staff—will be engaged in job action as of Monday. 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.
Given this job action, some things you normally expect as part of the school experience may be affected. Schools MAY need to postpone or cancel programs, activities and/or events. If that happens, schools will communicate this directly to you as soon as possible.
CUPE provincial has indicated that their members will not operate the door buzzer system at this time. As it is not possible for school administrators to take this on as an added task given their other responsibilities, during labour action, front doors into elementary schools—located next to school offices—will remain open during the school day. However, these doors will continue to be monitored using the existing door camera. It is our expectation that visitors will continue to be greeted by office staff when they enter school buildings and must sign in at the office before proceeding anywhere. All other exterior doors to elementary schools will remain closed.
We understand that this provincial labour situation is causing uncertainty and frustration for students, staff and families. Student safety is a key priority and we 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 agreeable agreements as quickly as possible.
To find out the status of labour action in the Peel board:
Thank you for your understanding.
Director of Education
Peel District School Board