The Union of Canadian Public Employees (CUPE) is planning a complete withdrawal of services as of Monday, October 7, 2019, unless an agreement is reached over the weekend. Visit www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining for more updates. Labour negotiations between workers` unions at the Durham Catholic District Council (DCDSB) are ongoing across Ontario. While the Board of Directors is not directly involved in central negotiations at the provincial level, we know that the parties are working diligently to obtain collective agreements. The following information contains updates on possible employment measures in the different negotiating groups. Durham District School Council (DCDSB) is pleased to announce that the Elementary Teachers` Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Designated Early Childhood Éducators and DCDSB have reached a preliminary agreement on local bargaining to renew a collective agreement expiring August 31, 2022. The parties will endeavour to achieve local ratification in the coming weeks. Information on professional measures and the expected direct impact on student learning, including the management of the Grade 9 AQA assessment, will be provided as soon as details become available. For more information on the status of the collective bargaining process, see www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining. Yesterday, we informed the families that the Union of Canadian Public Employees (CUPE) had announced its intention to make the work action on Monday, October 7, 2019 a strike.

This means a complete withdrawal of services by our education workers represented by CUPE if no provincial agreement is reached on the weekend. While the Board of Directors is not directly involved in central negotiations at the provincial level, we respect the negotiation process and know that the parties are working diligently to reach an agreement while discussions continue. We hope that the negotiations will be concluded as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation and update www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining. While we regret any disruption to student learning, we respect all of our employee groups and understand that legal strikes can be part of the normal collective bargaining process when negotiating a collective agreement. . . .