Labour Relations Updates

Please read the following updates on the status of the CUPE labour action impacting Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB).

Dear TLDSB families,

We are pleased to share that a deal has been reached between the government of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

As a result, Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools are open to students and staff tomorrow, Monday, November 21, with regular educational programming.

Transportation will operate as usual.

If you have any questions, please contact your child(ren)’s school.

Sincerely,

Wes Hahn
Director of Education

Dear TLDSB families,

As negotiations continue between the government of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), we wanted to let you know that should a strike action (full withdrawal of services) take place on Monday, November 21, all Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools will move to synchronous remote (online teacher-led instruction) learning until further notice.

In preparation for a potential strike, your child(ren)’s teacher(s) will be reaching out to ensure students are prepared for synchronous learning. For students who do not have access to a computer, schools will be signing out the school’s inventory of technology upon request. For students who do not have access to the internet, please reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher directly to make alternative arrangements for the continuation of learning.

Full day child care programs located in TLDSB schools for children 0-4 years of age will remain open. EarlyON programs will also remain open.

We will keep you up-to-date on the status of the labour action and send you another update this Sunday, November 20. Please be prepared with alternative arrangements for your child(ren) next week should the strike take place.

Should you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher or school principal.

For all labour updates as they relate to Trillium Lakelands District School Board, visit our Labour Relations Update page.

I am committed to keeping you informed and will share any updates as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Wes Hahn
Director of Education

Dear TLDSB community,

Talks have broken down between the province of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and CUPE has given notice today that they are in a legal strike action (full withdrawal of services) as of Monday, November 21. Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is not directly involved in the provincial negotiations and we are hopeful that there will be a resolution before this date.

A reminder that in TLDSB, CUPE members include secretaries, clerks, technicians, custodial and maintenance staff, and educational assistants. These members are critical in keeping our school buildings and sites safe for students, not only for the cleanliness of our buildings, but for the support students receive each day. We respect and value our CUPE staff and are hopeful an agreement is met before Monday.

Should there be a full strike on Monday, TLDSB school buildings and worksites will be closed to students. More information will be sent in the coming days.

To find out more about the status of CUPE labour action impacting TLDSB, visit the Labour Relations Updates page on the Board’s website and follow TLDSB on social media.

If you have any questions, please contact your child(ren)’s school.

Sincerely,

Wes Hahn
Director of Education

Dear TLDSB families,

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has announced that they will return to work tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8. Please note that negotiations will continue between the government of Ontario and CUPE.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools and Board sites are open to students and staff tomorrow, November 8, for in-person learning and a regular scheduled day.

Regular transportation will be in place tomorrow.

All updates regarding the CUPE labour action impacting TLDSB can be found on the Labour Relations Updates page on the Board’s website and follow TLDSB on social media.

If you have any questions, please contact your child(ren)’s school.

Wes Hahn,
Director of Education

Dear TLDSB families,

As a result of the ongoing labour action between the government of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), CUPE members will continue to be in a strike action (full withdrawal of services) across the province of Ontario until further notice.

For the safety of our students, Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools buildings and Board sites will be closed to students until further notice, but remain open to administrators, designated early childhood educators, teachers, and non-striking staff.

Tomorrow, Monday, November 7, students will be provided with asynchronous work from their teacher on their online classroom platform (Google Classroom, Brightspace, Seesaw). For students who do not have access to a computer, schools will be signing out the school’s inventory of technology upon request. For students who do not have access to the internet, please reach out to your school directly to make a plan to obtain printed packages.

Your child(ren)’s teachers will reach out to their students and parents/guardians to ensure they are prepared for the continuation of learning.

A reminder that in TLDSB, CUPE members on strike include secretaries, clerks, computer technicians, custodial and maintenance staff, and educational assistants. Without our CUPE staff, we cannot safely operate TLDSB schools for students. It is important to note that other school boards across the province may have different or fewer employee groups as part of CUPE, and therefore, would be able to keep their schools open.

To find out more about the status of CUPE labour action impacting TLDSB, visit the Labour Relations Updates page on the Board’s website and follow TLDSB on social media.

If you have any questions, please contact your child(ren)’s school.

Wes Hahn,
Director of Education

Dear TLDSB families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of labour action between the government of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). As discussions between these groups continue, we will keep you up-to-date on the status of learning next week and send you another update this Sunday, November 6. Please be prepared with alternative arrangements for your child(ren) next week should the strike continue.

If there is no resolution made before Monday, November 7, and the strike action (full withdrawal of services) continues, students will be provided with asynchronous work from their teacher on their online classroom platform (Google Classroom, Brightspace, Seesaw) on Monday. Your child(ren)’s teacher will be reaching out to ensure students are prepared for learning.

For all labour updates as they relate to Trillium Lakelands District School Board, visit our Labour Relations Update page.

I am committed to keeping you informed and will share an update as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Wes Hahn
Director of Education

Dear TLDSB families,

On October 31, the government of Ontario announced Bill 28, Keeping Students in Class Act, 2022. Shortly after this release, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced their intent to proceed with a province-wide protest, which means that no CUPE member will be at work on Friday, November 4. As a result, Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) has no other option but to close all schools to students on that day. The CUPE members at TLDSB are vital to supporting student supervision and safety. Without these individuals, TLDSB cannot safely operate schools for students.

In TLDSB, CUPE members include secretaries, clerks, computer technicians, custodial and maintenance staff, and educational assistants. These individuals are vital to maintaining the safe operation of our buildings and various sites. It is important to note that other school boards across the province may have different or fewer employee groups as part of CUPE, and therefore, may be able to keep their schools open.

Since our communication on October 31, a decision to not proceed with asynchronous learning on Friday has been made to allow our teachers and designated early childhood educators time to prepare for student learning next week. Students are encouraged to work on previously assigned projects, assignments, and independent work on Friday.

We understand that this can be very frustrating for families and hope that a provincial agreement with CUPE is reached very soon. We value our CUPE staff and continue to be hopeful that a resolution is made quickly so that students can be back in class. We will continue to communicate with our families on labour relations updates.

All TLDSB labour updates can be found on the Labour Relations Updates page on the Board’s website.

Sincerely,

Wes Hahn
Director of Education

Dear TLDSB families,

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has given notice that their members may be in strike action (full withdrawal of services) across the province of Ontario if their agreement is not reached by Friday, November 4. Leading up to this day, there will be three days of mediation between the Ontario government and CUPE. Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is not directly involved in the provincial negotiations and we are hopeful that these days of mediation lead to an agreement and thus do not result in a strike.

In TLDSB, CUPE members include secretaries, clerks, technicians, custodial and maintenance staff, and educational assistants. These members are critical in keeping our school buildings and sites safe for students, not only for the cleanliness of our buildings, but for the support students receive each day. We respect and value our CUPE staff and are hopeful an agreement is met before the end of the week.

For the safety of our students, should there be a strike on Friday, November 4, our school buildings and Board sites will be closed to students, but will remain open to administrators, designated early childhood educators, teachers, and non-striking staff. Without our CUPE staff, we cannot safely operate TLDSB schools for students. It is important to note that other school boards across the province may have different or fewer employee groups as part of CUPE, and therefore, would be able to keep their schools open.

In the event of a full strike of CUPE staff on Friday, November 4, all student programming will move online with teachers providing asynchronous learning through their online classroom (SeeSaw, Google Classroom, or Brightspace) and have the opportunity to connect with their teacher to receive support. It is recommended that parents/guardians make alternative child care arrangements for their child(ren) beginning Friday, November 4, should it be required.

We appreciate that timely communication is important to you, and we are committed to providing you with additional details on the CUPE labour action and any impact it may have on school operations as soon as we can.

We continue to remain hopeful that an agreement is met and our students will remain in class. ​Thank you for your support during this time and understanding that our students’ safety is our priority.

To find out more about the status of CUPE labour action impacting TLDSB, visit the Labour Relations Updates page on the Board’s website and follow TLDSB on social media.

Sincerely,

Wes Hahn
Director of Education

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