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Page last updated: January 06, 2017

 

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Labour Updates

 

Contracts for the elementary and secondary teachers and the support staff unions expired on August 31, 2014.  The current agreements stay in place until such time the new contracts are established. 


The provincial government passed legislation governing the current rounds of negotiations that includes central bargaining and local bargaining.

The elementary and secondary teachers’ provincial federations and support staff unions are meeting provincially on centrally agreed upon issues with the provincial government and school board associations.  This is considered central bargaining. 

 

The parties have also agreed on issues to be locally negotiated between the local federations and unions and the local school boards. 

 

SUPPORT STAFF - CUPE (Custodians, Secretaries, EAs, ECEs and others)

 

March 8, 2016

The collective agreement between the Lambton Kent District School Board and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1238 has been ratified by the parties.  The contract covers the period September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2017.

February 29, 2016

On February 26, 2016, the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1238 reached a tentative agreement. (pdf)

 

February 26, 2016

Letter to Parents from Director of Education Jim Costello (pdf).

January 21, 2016

There is a central CUPE agreement that has been ratified by all parties; however, that agreement does not take effect until a local agreement is reached and ratified.

 

Local talks continue and our next scheduled date is January 26, 2016.

November 2, 2015

The Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association have reached a tentative agreement with CUPE, this morning.

 

The details of the tentative agreement must remain confidential until ratified by the parties.

 

We have received word from the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association that CUPE has agreed to suspend any central job action pending the outcome of the central ratification process.  

 

October 23, 2015

Letter to Parents - Update on CUPE Job Action (pdf)

 

September 29, 2015

Provincial CUPE representatives have advised school boards that effective September 29, 2015 they are implementing Phase 2 of their central strike actions. Supervision of students is one of the areas they have targeted but have assured Administration that student safety will not be jeopardized.

Board Administration will ensure that student safety is maintained. 

 

CUPE provincial negotiations are continuing this week. 

September 2015

All support staff will be in schools on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

 

Both provincial and local negotiations are ongoing.  

April 2015

  • CUPE and the province are still working on what items will be discussed at the central bargaining table.

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ELEMENTARY TEACHERS - ETFO

November 13, 2015

The Lambton Kent District School Board has been informed that, as part of the tentative agreement between the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) and the Government of Ontario, teachers and school boards were given an extension to December 11, 2015 for the completion of progress reports for students in Grade 1 to 8.  

 

As such, LKDSB Progress Reports for students in Grades 1 to 8, including comments, will be sent home on December 11, 2015.  Also as part of the provincial agreement, Full Day Kindergarten progress reports will not be issued.

 

As part of the tentative agreement between ETFO, OPSBA and the government, parent-teacher interviews will only be held if initiated by a teacher. Teachers will only conduct interviews related to Progress Reports if they have concerns about a student's progress.

 

Effective January 2016, teachers will maintain contact with parents regarding student progress following their typical process.

November 3, 2015

Yesterday, the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association reached a tentative agreement with provincial ETFO.

 

The details of the tentative agreement must remain confidential until ratified by the parties.

 

We have received word from the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association that ETFO has agreed to suspend any central job action pending the outcome of the central ratification process. Our Principals will be communicating with parents regarding Progress Reports in the near future.

October 27, 2015 : Elementary Progress Report

Due to the current provincial labour situation, the Lambton Kent District School Board, along with most other public school boards in Ontario, is postponing the issuing of elementary Progress Reports. These reports were scheduled to go home on November 13, 2015.
 

When the labour situation is resolved at the provincial and local levels, the LKDSB will arrange for schools to communicate with parents/guardians regarding their child(ren)’s progress within a reasonable time frame.

 

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

September 21, 2015

ETFO Provincial representatives announced Phase 3 of their Strike Protocol effective September 21, 2015.  The sanctions are administrative in nature and should not impact student safety.

ETFO Provincial representatives have stated that if sufficient progress has not occurred at the central bargaining table by October 1, they may commence rotating one day strikes during the month of October.

 

September 8, 2015

All elementary schools will be operating as usual effective Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

 

Provincial Negotiations are ongoing and are scheduled for several days this week (September 1-4). Local negotiations are also ongoing.

 

Provincial ETFO has indicated that if there is no tentative agreement in place by Tuesday, September 8, 2015, teachers will be directed to withdraw from coordinating school extracurricular activities such as field trips.

June 2015

LKDSB Letter to Parents/Guardians regarding the Elementary Provincial Report Card

May 2015

May 8, 2015

This afternoon, the Board received official notification from the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) that the public elementary teachers in the Lambton Kent District School Board will participate in an administrative withdrawal of services effective Monday, May 11, 2015.

 

It is important to note that:

  • Until further notice, all LKDSB schools will remain open and programming will continue.
  • School activities such as field trips, sports, extracurricular activities are expected to continue as planned.

As student safety remains the top priority for the Lambton Kent District School Board, we are committed to keeping you informed as more information becomes available. We encourage parents/guardians to monitor the LKDSB website at www.lkdsb.net, to follow us on Twitter @LKDSB, Facebook and our mobile App, LKDSB on the Go. We also encourage you to monitor local media for updates.

 

April 2015

  • The provincial ETFO leaders have announced that elementary teachers will be in a legal strike position on May 11.
  • Locally, Administration is meeting local ETFO leaders to determine if any local action will be taken by the LKDSB elementary teachers.

SECONDARY TEACHERS - OSSTF

October 21, 2015

OSSTF Contract ratified.

September 21, 2015

The OSSTF central agreement has been ratified by all three parities - the Secondary Teachers' Union (OSSTF), the English Public School Boards (OPSBA) and the government.

 

Local negotiations are continuing. 

September 8, 2015

All secondary schools will be operating as usual effective Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

 

Provincial Negotiations have resulted in a tentative agreement on central items and Local Negotiations are continuing.  

April 2015

  • Meeting provincially with the government and trustee association.
  • LKDSB local bargaining is in the early stages.
  • OSSTF provincial leaders have targeted 7 school boards for strike action in April. The LKDSB IS NOT one of these school boards.
  • Action by the 7 boards may impact LKDSB students taking eLearning courses.

 

 

Date page last edited: January 06, 2017