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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has reached a tentative provincial agreement with the Ministry of Education and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association. The current contract expired August 31, 2019.

CUPE Local 1238 represents a number of education workers throughout the LKDSB.

Updates regarding CUPE contract negotiations will be posted on this webpage.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information: https://www.lkdsb.net/Board/ContractNegotiations/Pages/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#/=


Contract Negotiations Update - October 6, 2019 (9:20 p.m.)


Today, the Ministry of Education and the trustees' association announced they have reached a tentative provincial agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). As such, all Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) schools and facilities will be open to students on Monday, October 7, 2019.

We thank you for your patience and support through the uncertainty of the past week.

Please continue to visit the LKDSB's website (www.lkdsb.net) for all labour updates.

Download a copy of Director Howitt's letter to parents/guardians: Oct6_Parent_Guardian_Letter.pdf

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Contract Negotiations Update – October 3, 2019 (1:30 p.m.)​
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On October 2, 2019, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would begin a legal full withdrawal of services (strike action) in Ontario schools beginning on Monday, October 7, 2019 unless there is progress at the central bargaining table with the Ministry of Education and the trustees' association.​

Student safety is the top priority for the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB). If the strike proceeds, CUPE staff will not report to work. In our schools and across our system, CUPE represents custodians, early childhood educators, educational assistants, secretaries, library and computer technicians and other school-based and central staff members. A full strike would mean none of these important supports for schools would be in place and the LKDSB will not be able to safely operate our schools.

If an agreement is not reached this weekend and the strike proceeds, all LKDSB schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, 2019 for the duration of the strike. Please continue to check the LKDSB website throughout the weekend and including Monday morning for updates regarding whether schools will be closed beginning Monday, October 7.​

Due to anticipated school closures for an indefinite period of time, families are strongly encouraged to explore alternate child care arrangements.

The LKDSB is hopeful a fair agreement can be reached and the full strike action will be avoided.

The LKDSB will update parents/guardians and all stakeholders as soon as new information becomes available. 

Updates regarding the CUPE contract negotiations will be posted on this webpage.​​

Download a copy of Director Howitt's letter to parents/guardians: Oct3_Parent_Guardian_Letter.pdf


Contract Negotiations Update – October 2, 2019 (3:30 p.m.)

Today, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would begin a full withdrawal of services (strike action) in Ontario schools beginning on Monday, October 7, 2019 unless there is progress at the central bargaining table.

Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) is currently assessing the impact of this full strike action on school operations. In our schools, CUPE represents secretaries, custodians, early childhood educators, educational assistants and library and computer technicians, among others.

We will provide an update to families, staff and students as more information becomes available.

We appreciate that there may be significant impacts on your family. Families are encouraged to begin to explore alternate child care arrangements for next week, in the event strike action results in school closures.

LKDSB is hopeful a fair agreement can be reached and the full strike action will be avoided.

Updates regarding the CUPE contract negotiations will be posted on this webpage.​

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​ Contract Negotiations Update – October 2, 2019 (11:40 a.m.)

Today, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario announced that in the absence of a negotiated settlement, its members will escalate labour sanctions to include a full strike at Ontario school boards, effective Monday, October 7, 2019. Lambton Kent District School Board is currently reviewing what the impacts of this strike action would mean in our schools. 

Updates regarding the CUPE contract negotiations will be posted on this webpage.​
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​Contract Negotiations Update – September 26, 2019 (1:10 p.m.)

The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) has been notified that members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1238 will join their colleagues across the province in a legal strike, which includes a partial withdrawal of services, effective Monday, September 30, 2019. However, contract negotiations between the Ministry of Education, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and CUPE are scheduled this weekend and the LKDSB remains hopeful that a negotiated settlement can be reached.

The LKDSB understands this can create some uncertainty within schools. In the event of a strike action, LKDSB Senior Administration, Principals and Vice-Principals will work together with staff to maintain caring, safe and positive school environments for students.

Please be assured that student safety remains the top priority for the LKDSB. All schools will be open to students on September 30, 2019; however, some services may be limited. We regret any disruption that may occur and appreciate that alternative arrangements may need to be made for some students.

Updates regarding the CUPE contract negotiations will be posted on this webpage.​