October 3, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Yesterday, the provincial union representing CUPE gave notice they will be on strike as of Monday, October 7th if a deal is not reached at the provincial bargaining table. On a hopeful note, the parties that are meeting provincially have agreed to continue bargaining this Friday and over the weekend to try and avoid strike action.
However, if a strike by CUPE does occur, all Ottawa Catholic K-12 schools will be closed for students as of Monday, October 7th.
This decision came about following careful deliberation. CUPE represents approximately 1300 full-time employees and nearly 1000 casual workers in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. We did not feel we could safely operate our schools without their services.
CUPE employees include educational assistants (EAs), early childcare educators (ECEs), office administrators (OAs), library technicians, learning technology technicians, full-time adult ESL Instructors and a number of central Board staff.
If, as of Sunday night, the parties do not settle, the following will take place:
- The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) will cancel all transportation for Ottawa Catholic schools
- All schools will be closed for students
We are committed to keeping you informed. Our Board and school websites will be the location for public announcements and updates regarding the labour disruption. As soon as we have an update, a second message will be sent on Sunday evening using School Messenger to update you regarding the outcome of the provincial negotiations.