While negotiations have continued in recent days, no agreement has been reached between the Ontario Teachers` Association (OECD), the Ontario government and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees` Association. We inform school visitors that there may be longer delays than usual when they are locked in the school, as there will not always be staff to monitor the intercom. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, a one-day strike will be called by the Ontario Teachers` Association (OECD). This means that teachers in our schools use all services in the absence of a collective agreement. It is very unusual for the DDSB to close schools for our students. This is an exceptional and rapidly changing situation, but the safety of students and staff is always a top priority. The decision to close schools was not taken lightly and was taken lightly because we do not believe we can provide the safe learning environments necessary for all students when OSSTF members completely withdraw services. The Ontario Teachers` Association of Ontario (OECD) today announced plans to start work on Monday, January 13, 2020 if an agreement is not reached. It is part of the collective legal negotiation. Work negotiations with workers` unions of the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) are continuing across Ontario.
While the Board of Directors is not directly involved in centralized negotiations at the provincial level, we know that the parties work diligently on collective agreements. The information below contains updates on possible employment measures between the various negotiating groups. We will update families as soon as information is available www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining. For timely updates, you can subscribe to the page by clicking on the «Subscribe to this page» button. In classes over the age of 15, the kindergarten program is supervised by a teacher and an early childhood educator. If an agreement cannot be reached, there will be a total withdrawal of services by our early childhood educators (EECs) represented by ETF. Parents and guardians will receive important information about the board`s school messenger system. We will also continue to update our website on www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining.
We provide the following update on the final legal steps in the work of our support staff, represented by CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees). As has been widely reported in the media, negotiations at the provincial level between the government, the trustee associations and the CUPE ended last weekend without agreement. Yesterday, we informed families that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced its intention to go on strike on Monday, October 7, 2019. This means a total withdrawal of services by our education workers represented by CUPE if no provincial agreement is reached this weekend.