Labour Negotiations

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Secondary Schools Closed Wednesday

Unfortunately, as a result of a full withdrawal of service by secondary teachers across the province, all KPR secondary schools will be closed Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Important note: intermediate schools (Grades 7 and 8) within secondary school sites, and all elementary schools, will be open and operating as normal. Parents can expect picketing at secondary school sites.

All schools are expected to be operating normally on Thursday, December 5. We will continue to keep parents informed of any further developments, through School Messenger and the home page of our website at kprschools.ca

 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Parent Update: OSSTF Strike Action – December 4

You may have seen media reports yesterday that Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) members across Ontario have announced plans for a one-day full withdrawal of service on Wednesday, December 4, if a provincial agreement has not been reached by that date.

We are, of course, very concerned about this possibility and know that parents share that concern.

We want to inform parents that if an agreement is not reached, and teachers engage in this one-day withdrawal of service, all secondary schools will be closed to students on that day.

Important note: intermediate schools (Grades 7 and 8) within secondary school sites, and all elementary schools, will be open and operating as normal. Parents can expect picketing at secondary school sites.

Student safety is always our first priority. We do not believe we can provide safe and secure learning environments for students in the absence of teachers.

Negotiations are continuing at the provincial level until then, and we remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon that will avert disruption to our students and families.

We will continue to monitor developments closely and will provide confirmation to parents about school status for Wednesday, December 4, as soon as we are able. This will likely be on Tuesday evening, through:

-        School Messenger

-        Local news media

-        Our website and social media platforms: www.kprschools.ca, @kprschools on Twitter, and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board on Facebook.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date on the most recent information by visiting www.kprschools.ca or by following us on Twitter @kprschools

 

 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians of KPR students,

We thought it would be valuable and timely to share an update on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to our secondary teachers.

Currently, there are ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario. These negotiations take place at both the provincial and local level. At the provincial level, the government and the trustees’ associations negotiate the issues that have the greatest monetary effect, and they apply to all school boards across the province. At the local level, individual school boards bargain directly with their local unions on issues that are unique to each school board, such as the way we fill staff positions or plan professional development and leadership opportunities.  

As part of this process, you may have seen recent media reports regarding strike action by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) members across Ontario.

It is our understanding that secondary teachers will begin a number of legal sanctions this Tuesday, November 26, 2019. 

Among other actions, these activities will include:

·         establishing, at times, information pickets before and after school, and lunch hours, to share information to the public. We have been informed that these picket lines                will  NOT stop people or vehicles from entering school property,

·         not providing student comments on report cards,

·         not participating in EQAO preparation or testing,

·         not participating in Board professional development activities.

School activities such as field trips, sports and extracurricular activities are expected to continue.

We understand that parents have concerns about any possible job actions at school. We want to assure you that we believe normal school operations for students can and will continue on November 26.

We continue to have confidence in the professionalism of our teachers throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon.

Most importantly, teachers will continue to focus on and support the learning needs of students, and parents can contact their child’s teacher to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s education.

We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information.

We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: www.kprschools.ca or follow us on Twitter @kprschools. 

Sincerely,                                                                       

Diane Lloyd                                                                                                   Jennifer Leclerc

Chairperson of the Board                                                                           Director of Education

 

 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians of KPR students,

We thought it would be valuable and timely to share an update on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to our elementary teachers.

Currently, there are ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario. These negotiations take place at both the provincial and local level. At the provincial level, the government and the trustees’ associations negotiate the issues that have the greatest monetary effect, and they apply to all school boards across the province. At the local level, individual school boards bargain directly with their local unions on issues that are unique to each school board, such as the way we fill staff positions or plan professional development and leadership opportunities.   

As part of this process, you may have seen recent media reports regarding strike action by Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) members across Ontario.

It is our understanding that elementary teachers will begin legal “work to rule” activities Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

Among other actions, these work-to-rule activities include:

·         not completing Term 1 Report Cards (student marks will be available, but not comments)

·         not participating in professional development activities that are board or provincially directed, beyond the school day

·         not participating in EQAO-related activities

·         other administrative duties.

School activities such as field trips, sports and extracurricular activities are expected to continue.

We understand that parents have concerns about any possible job actions at school. We want to assure you that we believe normal school operations for students can and will continue on November 26.

We continue to have confidence in the professionalism of our teachers throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon.

Most importantly, teachers will continue to focus on and support the learning needs of students, and parents can contact their child’s teacher to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s education.

We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information.

We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: www.kprschools.ca or follow us on Twitter @kprschools.  

Sincerely,

Diane Lloyd                                                                         Jennifer Leclerc

Chairperson of the Board                                                     Director of Education

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019

 

BOARD AND CUPE ANNOUNCE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and CUPE Local 5555 are pleased to announce that they have reached a new, tentative collective agreement.

The new three year agreement is based on the provincial framework and also incorporates collectively bargained local issues and workplace considerations.

“With the Provincial Bargaining process and the current climate that we face, it is not an easy task to get a local agreement that meets the needs of all of our members,” says Ron Maguire, President of CUPE local 5555. “We are pleased that both sides worked hard to find common ground, so that an agreement could be reached, making us one of only a handful of CUPE Education locals in the province with a local tentative agreement.”  

“We thank the representatives from CUPE for the positive and respectful approach they brought to these negotiations. On a number of local issues, we have found common ground that will benefit all,” says Diane Lloyd, Chairperson, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. “The dedication and commitment of our CUPE staff are crucial for the operation of our schools and the success of our students.”

Ratification votes for both parties will happen at a later date.