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Labour Updates
 
Please monitor this page for ongoing updates regarding labour negotiations and their potential impact on Bluewater District School Board schools.  Information will be posted as it becomes available.  


February 12, 2020


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) have jointly announced a province wide one-day full withdrawal of services on Friday, February 21, 2020. 
 
A one-day full withdrawal of services by both ETFO and OSSTF members will significantly impact the operation of both our elementary and secondary schools, including our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.
 
As a result, ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS in Bluewater District School Board will be closed to students on Friday, February 21, 2020. 
 
Third party child care centres will remain open on this date, and Community Education evening programs will continue to run.  School based co-op placements will be cancelled, however, external co-op placements can continue.  There will be no bus transportation for Bluewater District School Board students.  Before and after/extended day school programs will be cancelled.
 
Should there be any new developments in regard to next week’s strike action by ETFO and OSSTF, we will advise you accordingly.  


February 10, 2020


Due to the ongoing labour actions that are occurring across the province involving the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), parents/guardians will notice a change to their child’s most recent report card.

As part of the OSSTF provincial withdrawal of services, Bluewater District School Board secondary teachers will not be providing comments on the provincial report card.  Secondary teachers have been directed by provincial OSSTF to provide only subject marks, attendance, and learning skills with no accompanying comments. Developmental Learning (DL) report cards will be completed as usual, and will continue to include comments.

We recognize that parents/guardians and students value the additional insights that teachers commonly provide as part of report cards, and regret that the current provincial labour situation has not allowed for the inclusion of comments.


February 5, 2020


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have provided notice of further provincial job action that will be occurring next week.  This will include a province wide strike and rotating strikes for all ETFO members. 
 
We have learned that Bluewater District School Board will be part of a province wide full one-day withdrawal of services on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, and a rotating strike scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2020.    
 
As a result, Bluewater District School Board schools will be closed to elementary students only on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 and Thursday, February 13, 2020. 
 
Third party child care centres will remain open on these dates, and Community Education evening programs will continue to run.
 
Should there be any new developments in regard to next week’s strike action by ETFO, we will advise you accordingly.  


January 31, 2020

In the absence of a collective agreement being reached between the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the provincial government, ETFO will be proceeding with next week’s planned strike action as previously communicated.  This includes their rotating one-day full withdrawal of services impacting Bluewater District School Board on Monday, and a province wide strike scheduled for Thursday.  
 
As a result, this is final confirmation that schools in Bluewater District School Board will be closed to elementary students only on Monday, February 3, 2020 and Thursday, February 6, 2020.  
 
Please note that third party child care centres will remain open on these dates, and Community Education evening programs will continue to run.

All schools will be open as usual to elementary students with regular classes occurring on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday of next week.


January 27, 2020


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have provided notice that Phase 5 of their strike protocol will be in effect as of Monday, February 3, 2020. This will include rotating strikes and a province wide strike for all ETFO members next week.

We have learned that Bluewater District School Board will be part of the rotating one-day full withdrawal of services on Monday, February 3, 2020, and the province wide strike scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2020, if central agreements are not reached by Friday, January 31, 2020.

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we have determined that, unless central agreements are reached by this Friday, Bluewater District School Board schools will be closed to elementary students only on Monday, February 3, 2020 and Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Please note that third party child care centres will remain open on these dates, and Community Education evening programs will continue to run.

If central agreements are reached with ETFO prior to this Friday, all Bluewater District School Board elementary schools will be open to students as usual on the above dates. We will advise you accordingly.

It has also been brought to our attention that, in addition to the work-to-rule strike protocols already in place, ETFO members will not be participating in extracurricular activities at any time starting on Monday, February 3, 2020.


January 27, 2020


Due to the current provincial labour action involving the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), it will not be possible for term one elementary report cards to be completed.

Term one report cards reflect the student’s midyear progress based on the work completed in the first half of the school year.

We recognize that parents/guardians value receiving ongoing information about their children’s progress.  As always, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher should they have any questions about how their child is progressing at school.

A letter will be placed in each child’s Ontario Student Record (OSR), stating that a report card for term one February 2020 was not completed due to job action.

Parents/guardians are our valued education partners.  We will continue to review this situation and share further information as labour negotiations progress.


January 23, 2020

In the absence of a collective agreement being reached between the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the provincial government, ETFO will be proceeding with their planned one-day full withdrawal of services as previously communicated.  

As a result, this is final confirmation that schools in Bluewater District School Board will be closed to elementary students only on Friday, January 24, 2020.  Please note that secondary exams, which are scheduled to begin on this date, will not be impacted by the ETFO strike.

Third party child care centres will remain open.  Community Education evening programs will continue to run.

All schools will be open as usual to students, with regular classes and activities resuming on Monday, January 27, 2020.


January 19, 2020


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have provided notice that Bluewater District School Board will be included in the next round of provincial strike action planned for Friday, January 24, 2020.

On this date, ETFO teachers will be participating in a one-day full withdrawal of services, which will significantly impact the operation of our elementary schools.  

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we have determined that, unless a provincial collective agreement is reached by that time, schools will be closed to elementary students only on Friday, January 24, 2020.  Please note that secondary exams, which are scheduled to begin on this date, will not be impacted by the ETFO strike.   

Third party child care centres will remain open, however, parents/guardians should be prepared for the possibility of crossing picket lines.  Community Education evening programs will continue to run.

All elementary schools will be open as usual to students, with regular classes and activities resuming on Monday, January 27, 2020.

In the event of a provincial agreement being reached with ETFO prior to Friday, January 24, 2020, all Bluewater District School Board elementary schools will be open to students as usual on that day.  We will advise you accordingly.  


January 18, 2020

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced a third and fourth day of full withdrawal of services that will be occurring on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 and Thursday, January 23, 2020 for select school boards.  Bluewater District School Board IS NOT one of these boards.

It has also been announced that ETFO phase 4 work-to-rule will be in effect as of Monday, January 20, 2020.  This is in addition to the strike action previously announced.

Effective Monday, January 20, 2020, all ETFO members will:
  • NOT participate in any District School Board or Ministry professional learning.

January 16, 2020

OSSTF

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced that a one-day full withdrawal of services will be occurring on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 for select school boards. Bluewater District School Board IS NOT one of these boards.

Additional sanctions to those already in place as of Monday, January 20, 2020, will be as follows:
  • Members will not perform any on-calls;
  • Members will not take on any additional work/responsibilities as a result of an absent member of the bargaining unit;
  • Members will not verify or find replacements for staff absences; and
  • Members will not perform the work of another bargaining unit, including any paid or unpaid work, or any activity that has been struck, even if directed to do so by the employer.
ETFO

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that a one-day full withdrawal of services will be occurring on Monday, January 20, and Tuesday, January 21, 2020 for select school boards.  Bluewater District School Board IS NOT one of these boards.


Bluewater District School Board is committed to the well-being and safety of all students and staff.  We will be monitoring this situation closely and providing further information as it becomes available.


January 14, 2020

In the absence of a collective agreement being reached between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (OSSTF) and the provincial government, OSSTF will be proceeding with their planned province wide one-day full withdrawal of services as previously communicated.  

As a result, this is final confirmation that ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS in Bluewater District School Board will be CLOSED to students on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

All elementary and secondary schools in Bluewater District School Board will reopen to students on Thursday, January 16, 2020.


January 10, 2020

OSSTF


Today, we learned that Bluewater District School Board will be included in the next round of provincial strike action planned for Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

In Bluewater District School Board, OSSTF members include secondary teachers and education workers (educational assistants, early childhood educators, office professionals and technicians, and professional student services personnel).  

On this date, OSSTF members will be participating in a one-day full withdrawal of services, which will significantly impact the operation of both our secondary and elementary schools.  As there are many critically important functions performed by these various employee groups, a full withdrawal of services will impede our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of our students at all grade levels.       

For this reason, we have determined that, unless a provincial collective agreement is reached by that time, ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS in Bluewater District School Board will be closed to students on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  

Elementary extracurricular activities/events planned during the school day will be rescheduled, if possible.  School based co-op placements will be cancelled, however, external placements will continue.  There will be no bus transportation for Bluewater District School Board students.  Before and after/extended day school programs will be cancelled.  However, third party child care centres will remain open, and Community Education evening programs will continue to run.

All elementary and secondary schools will be open as usual to students, with regular classes and activities resuming on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

In the event of a provincial agreement being reached with OSSTF prior to Wednesday, January 15, 2020, all Bluewater District School Board schools will be open as usual on that day.  We will advise you accordingly.  

We will continue to keep you informed as new updates become available.  

ETFO


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have provided notice that they will begin work-to-rule phase 3 job action across the province on Monday, January 13, 2020.

We have been informed that effective Monday, January 13, 2020, all ETFO members will:

NOT plan or participate in any assemblies, except to provide supervision to students;

NOT participate in extracurricular activities except for those that are scheduled within the regular school day;

NOT participate in field trips;

NOT arrive at work any earlier than 30 minutes before the start of the instructional day for students; and

NOT remain at the worksite later than 15 minutes after the end of the instructional day for students.

Our schools will remain open to students and staff during this phase of job action.

Bluewater District School Board is committed to the well-being and safety of all students and staff.  As always, we will be monitoring this situation closely and providing further information as it becomes available.


January 8, 2020


Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced today that public school boards will make local decisions about whether or not to proceed with the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment scheduled to begin next week.

Due to the ongoing provincial labour action involving the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (OSSTF), Bluewater District School Board is postponing the EQAO Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment scheduled to begin next week, to ensure that we provide a positive environment that supports success for our students.

Please be advised that the assessment will be postponed, and will be rescheduled for students to write in June 2020.

We will continue to keep you informed as new updates regarding provincial labour negotiations become available.


January 3, 2020

Today, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced that a one-day full withdrawal of services will be occurring on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 for select school boards.  Bluewater District School Board IS NOT one of these boards.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide further information as it becomes available.


December 13, 2019

Today, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced a one-day full withdrawal of services will be occurring on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 for select school boards.  Bluewater District School Board IS NOT one of these boards.

Information pickets will occur in Bluewater on that day before or after school, or during lunch periods.  These pickets will not disrupt the regular school day or impact students in the classroom.

Bluewater District School Board is committed to the well-being and safety of all students and staff.  We will be monitoring this situation closely and providing further information as it becomes available.


December 6, 2019

ETFO

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have provided notice that they will begin work-to-rule phase 2 job action across the province on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Please monitor etfocb.ca for specific details on the type of work that will be affected during phase 2.  We are reviewing the job action protocol from ETFO provincial to its members to determine the impact on our schools and facilities.

Our schools will remain open to students and staff during this phase of job action.

OSSTF

On December 6, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced a one-day full withdrawal of services will be occurring on Wednesday December 11, 2019 for select school boards.  Bluewater District School Board IS NOT one of these boards.


Bluewater District School Board is committed to the well-being and safety of all students and staff.  We will be monitoring this situation closely and providing further information as it becomes available.


December 3, 2019

In the absence of a collective agreement being reached between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the provincial government, it is anticipated that OSSTF will be proceeding with their planned province wide one-day full withdrawal of services as previously communicated.  

As a result, ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS in Bluewater District School Board will be CLOSED to students on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Elementary extracurricular activities/events and field trips that had been planned for Wednesday will be rescheduled if possible.  School based co-op placements will be cancelled.  There will be no bus transportation for Bluewater District School Board students.  Before and after/extended day school programs will be cancelled.  However, please note that third party child care centres will remain open, and Community Education evening programs will continue to run.

All elementary and secondary schools in Bluewater District School Board will reopen to students on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
In Bluewater District School Board, OSSTF members include secondary teachers and education workers (educational assistants, early childhood educators, office professionals and technicians, and professional student services personnel).


December 3, 2019



December 2, 2019



This past Friday, we sent a letter to update parents/guardians on the one-day full withdrawal of services that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (OSSTF) is planning across the province on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 
 
In Bluewater District School Board, OSSTF members include secondary teachers and education workers (educational assistants, early childhood educators, office professionals and technicians, and professional student services personnel). 
 
Due to the wide range of critically important functions performed by these various employee groups, a full withdrawal of services would have a significant impact on the operation of both our secondary and elementary schools.  Unfortunately, we feel that this would place us in a compromised position concerning our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of all students within our care.

For this reason, we have determined that, unless a provincial collective agreement is reached by that time, ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS in Bluewater District School Board will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 
 
Elementary extracurricular activities/events and field trips planned for that day will be rescheduled if possible.  School based co-op placements will be cancelled.  There will be no bus transportation for Bluewater District School Board students.  Before and after/extended day school programs will be cancelled.  Please note that third party child care centres will remain open, and Community Education evening programs will continue to run.
 
All elementary and secondary schools will be open as usual to students, with regular classes and activities resuming on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
 
Please note that should a provincial agreement be reached with OSSTF prior to Wednesday, December 4, 2019, all Bluewater District School Board schools will be open as usual on that day.  The public will be advised accordingly.

As always, we are committed to sharing any further updates with parents/guardians as new information becomes available.

We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration that this may cause for our parents/guardians and families.  It is our hope that a provincial agreement will be reached soon, and we truly appreciate the patience and understanding that parents/guardians have shown as we work through these difficult circumstances. 


November 29, 2019



We have been informed that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (OSSTF) will be participating in a one-day province-wide full withdrawal of services on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, if a new collective agreement is not reached by that time.  

Please click here for the media release issued by OSSTF for more information.

In Bluewater District School Board, OSSTF members include secondary teachers and education workers (educational assistants, early childhood educators, office professionals and technicians, and professional student services personnel).  

As a result of this latest escalation of job action, which would have an impact on both our elementary and secondary schools, we are putting our parents/guardians and families on notice that they may need to prepare for the possibility of these disruptions next Wednesday.  

Our Strike Contingency Committee is reviewing the provincial job action from OSSTF to determine the full impact on our schools and facilities.  A further update will be provided to parents/guardians by early next week.   

The well-being and safety of all students and staff remains our top priority during these negotiations.  We continue to closely monitor this job action, and are committed to sharing the most up-to-date information with you as it becomes available.
  
We remain hopeful that a provincial collective agreement will be reached soon, and appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we continue to work through this situation.


November 22, 2019



The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (OSSTF) has provided notice that they will begin their first phase of job action across the province on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

In Bluewater District School Board, OSSTF members include secondary teachers and education workers (educational assistants, early childhood educators, office professionals and technician staff, and professional student services personnel).

According to OSSTF, this first phase of job action will involve information pickets before or after school, or during lunch periods. These pickets will not disrupt the regular school day or impact students in the
classroom. Members will simply attempt to distribute information to parents/guardians and the public.

OSSTF members will also begin a limited withdrawal of services that will only affect government or school board initiatives with no impact on student learning. Members will not perform the following:
  • Participation in EQAO preparation or testing
  • Completion/submission of Ministry of Education Data Reports
  • Participation in Professional Activities based on Ministry of Education or school board initiatives
  • Participation in unpaid staff meetings outside the regular school day
  • Providing comments on any secondary provincial report cards
  • Performing the work of another bargaining unit, even if directed by administration
We are reviewing the job action from OSSTF provincial to its members to determine the impact on our schools and facilities. Our schools will remain open to students and staff during this phase of job action.

Bluewater District School Board has developed a strike contingency plan, which will be implemented as needed should there be any further escalation of job action. We are committed to the well-being and safety of all students and staff. We will continue to monitor this situation closely so that we can provide you with further information as it becomes available.

Our secondary teachers and education workers perform critically important work in our schools and facilities. We are hopeful that a provincial collective agreement will be reached soon.


November 21, 2019



The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has provided notice that they will begin work-to-rule job action across the province on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

ETFO has indicated that this job action “targets ministry and school board administrative tasks and does not impact on students.” Specific details on the type of administrative work that will be affected can be found at etfocb.ca.

We are reviewing the job action protocol from ETFO provincial to its members to determine the impact on our schools and facilities. However, it is our understanding that there will be no interruption to classroom learning/activities at this point. Our schools will remain open to students and staff during this phase of job action.

Bluewater District School Board has developed a strike contingency plan, which will be implemented as needed should there be any further escalation of job action. We are committed to the well-being and safety of all students and staff. We will continue to monitor this situation closely so that we can provide you with further information as it becomes available.

We value the important work performed by our elementary teachers, and are hopeful that ongoing provincial bargaining will result in a collective agreement being reached soon.


For details on the type of administrative work that will be affected by ETFO's job action effective November 26, please go to https://etfocb.ca/strike-protocol-work-to-rule-phase-1.


November 15, 2019

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have provided notice that they will begin work-to-rule job action across the province on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

ETFO has indicated that the work-to-rule “targets Ministry and school board administrative tasks and does not impact on students.”  Please click here for the media release issued by ETFO for more information.  

We are reviewing the job action protocol from ETFO provincial to its members to determine the impact on our schools and facilities.

Our schools will remain open to students and staff during this phase of job action.

Bluewater District School Board is committed to the well-being and safety of all students and staff.  We will be monitoring this situation closely and providing further information as it becomes available.


October 6, 2019

We are pleased to report that during provincial negotiations held over the weekend, a tentative agreement was reached with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).  While the agreement has yet to be ratified, all job action by CUPE will cease effective immediately as CUPE members resume their regular day-to-day job duties.  

In Bluewater District School Board, CUPE members include custodial and maintenance staff.  We value the vital functions that these employees perform each and every day to keep our schools safe and clean, and are pleased to hear that a fair agreement has been reached that respects this important work.  


October 2, 2019



The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have provided notice that their current job action across the province will escalate to a full withdrawal of services on Monday, October 7, 2019 should a collective agreement not be reached by that time.

In Bluewater District School Board, CUPE members include custodial and maintenance staff only.

Bluewater District School Board’s senior team is working closely with administrators, managers/supervisors, and trustees to gather information on the impact that this potential strike will have on our schools and work sites.  As communicated previously, a strike contingency plan has been developed, and will be implemented as needed to minimize this impact.  Our planning will be particularly focused on any areas related to health and safety to ensure the most essential functions and supports are in place for our students and staff.  

Our schools will remain open during this phase of job action.  We will continue to monitor closely the work actions of CUPE employees.  Should circumstances change that impact on the health and safety of our students and staff, we may need to review that decision and will advise you accordingly.  

Our custodians and maintenance staff perform very important functions, and are integral to our schools.  We are hopeful that provincial bargaining with CUPE will resume as soon as possible with the goal of reaching a collective agreement.  

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), who represents English public school boards at the central bargaining table with CUPE, will continue to work towards resolving this situation.

Further updates will be provided as new information becomes available.


September 30, 2019

Provincial negotiations held over the weekend with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) ended without a collective agreement being reached.

Please click here for the media release issued by the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) for an update regarding negotiations with CUPE.  

In Bluewater District School Board, CUPE members include custodial and maintenance staff only.

As a result, CUPE has chosen to begin job action across the province today, Monday, September 30, by launching a work-to-rule campaign. Work-to-rule means performing no more than the minimum requirements of an employee’s contract.

CUPE employees provide important services in our schools and facilities, and the withdrawal of certain services may cause challenges.  Some examples of services impacted include:
  • Cleaning of ministry unfunded areas, such as hallways, office areas, and gymnasiums
  • Ground maintenance (includes grass cutting, shoveling, etc.)
  • Picking up garbage outside or emptying outside garbage
Our schools will remain open to students and staff during this phase of job action.  However, please rest assured that we will be monitoring the impact to our schools and facilities very closely.  Bluewater District School Board has established a strike contingency plan, and we remain firmly committed to ensuring the safety of all our students and staff.

We value the important work performed by our CUPE members, and are hopeful that bargaining will resume soon with the goal of reaching a collective agreement.  

OPSBA, who represents English public school boards at the central bargaining table with CUPE, will continue to work towards resolving this situation.

Further updates will be provided to parents/guardians and our school communities as new information becomes available.


September 25, 2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have provided notice that job action will begin across the province on Monday, September 30, 2019.

In Bluewater District School Board, CUPE members include custodial and maintenance staff.  

We are reviewing the job action directive from CUPE provincial to its members to determine the impact on our schools and facilities.

Our schools will remain open to students and staff during this phase of job action.

Bluewater District School Board is committed to the safety of all students and staff.  We will be monitoring this situation closely and providing further information as it becomes available.



                       


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