CUPE Update

CUPE Update
Posted on 10/06/2019
Sunday October 6, 2019

The Province of Ontario, The Trustees Association and CUPE have successfully reached a tentative agreement. Therefore, there will be no strike tomorrow and all Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board schools will be open on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 and all programs will run as per our usual schedule.

Oct 4, 2019

Update for Community Use of Schools Users

Oct 2, 2019 Update

Please click here for a message from Gary O'Donnell, Director of Education

Parent and Community FAQs


How will parents/guardians and students be kept informed and updated?

Information will be posted on the BGCDSB website: 

Parents/Guardians will also receive information from the school and board through School Messenger. Please make sure that your contact information is up-to-date at the school so that you receive these updates.

If you have questions, you can review the information posted to this site and, as always, you can speak with your school principal. 


What does Work-to-Rule / Withdrawal of Service mean in a school?

CUPE is engaged in a Work-to-Rule/Withdrawal of Service job action and has withdrawn specific services that they would normally perform. Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and, despite our best efforts, the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the work-to-rule/withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments. 

Can parents and visitors still access our schools during the Work-to-Rule/Withdrawal of Services job action period?

Access to each of our elementary schools during the school day is requested through an intercom system (buzzer). Principals and Vice-Principals will be answering the buzzer during this Work-to-Rule/Withdrawal of Service period but they are not always in the office so you may need to wait until they return to the office to hear the buzzer. We apologize for any delays parents and visitors may experience in accessing our schools during this Withdrawal of Service.  Parents and visitors are encouraged to call ahead before visiting the school during the school day. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of job action.  

Will the work-to-rule/withdrawal of specific services normally performed directly affect my child? 

Some duties typically performed by CUPE staff are being supported during this Withdrawal of Service by other school staff including Administrators and central office staff. We are working together with principals and vice principals to ensure that duties necessary to the running of the school are continuing.


Will the Work-to-Rule/Withdrawal of Service have any impact on student safety?

Bruce-Grey CDSB Senior Administration, Principals and Vice-Principals are working together with staff to maintain a caring, Christ-centred, safe and positive school environment for students. Student safety and learning remain a top priority for all BGCDSB staff and the board will be taking all measures to ensure the educational impact on students is minimized.


Can I volunteer at my child’s school?

In this case, the Work-to-Rule/Withdrawal of Service is part of the union’s process through negotiations and so volunteers are not brought in to mitigate the impact of the Work-to-Rule/Withdrawal of Services. If you are already a volunteer at your child’s school, then you may continue to volunteer in the same capacity/way you have always volunteered there. 


Will community programs be affected by a strike action? Is it possible to get a permit to use the school or part of a school for other activities during the Work-to-Rule/Withdrawal of Services?

Our hope is to continue with our Community Use of Schools permits.  We will review the conditions of our gymnasiums and spaces to ensure that they are clean and safe for our Community Use Permit holders. If we are not able to continue with permits we will be communicating  directly with permit holders.


What is happening with Hot Lunches and Field Trips?

We will endeavour to do our best to continue with Hot Lunches and Field Trips.  If a school is unable to continue with such programs you will be notified by the School Principal and we will arrange for a refund via School Cash OnLine. Please contact your School Principal if School Cash OnLine is not an option to which you have access.


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