If you have questions about your rights at work, the best person you can talk to is your local steward or executive. You will know the specific details of your agreement. If you would like a hard copy of your collective agreement, please speak to your steward. If you don`t know who your steward is or how to reach your contact, contact the CUPE office near you. Thousands of school employees in Ontario are receiving a one per cent increase, job protection guarantees and millions of dollars in funding to create and restore jobs – thanks to a last-minute agreement with the government to avoid a general strike. A preliminary agreement has been reached between CUPE, the Government of Ontario and the Council of Trustees Associations. All TDSB schools are open to students and staff on Monday, October 7, 2019. All child care, both extended day programs operated by TDSB and third-party licensed child care providers, will be open. Authorizations, continuing education courses and scheduled meetings will continue as usual. All CUPE members work under the protection of a contract called a collective agreement.
Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve issues in the workplace. Members of the Union of Canadian Public Employees (CUPE), which represents education workers in Ontario`s school authorities (including CUPE 4400 at the TDSB), voted in favour of workplace measures that could take place as early as September 30. While we understand that this is a difficult time, parents need to make alternative arrangements for their children. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we have looked at any possible contingency plan to keep schools open. The care and safety of students is our top priority and without the important services of these school staff, we cannot guarantee that our learning environments will remain safe and clean for all students. CUPE announced that its members will take further labour action on Monday, October 7, 2019 if no new collective agreement is reached through negotiations with the province and the Council of Conservative Associations. The new employment action will be a complete withdrawal from services, also known as a strike or stoppage.