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Labour Relations Updates

This web page is your source for information and updates on current labour issues facing the Rainy River District School Board. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.​

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November 4, 2019

Central Terms Ratified

CUPE provided notice that they have ratified the central terms of the CUPE 2019-2022 Collective Agreement. 
Local bargaining between CUPE and the RRDSB is currently in progress. 


October 6, 2019 - Tentative agreement reached
The Council of Trustees’ Associations and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.

The details of the agreement remain confidential until ratified by all parties. CUPE has agreed to stop all job action while awaiting ratification of the deal. 

Schools will be open and operating as normal tomorrow.
October 3, 2019 - Schools will remain open on Monday
On Oct. 2, 2019, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they will be escalating their job action to a full withdrawal of services beginning on Monday, October 7, unless progress is made at the central bargaining table. CUPE members in the Rainy River District School Board include secretaries, Early Childhood Educators, central business staff, and custodial and maintenance staff.

Schools in the Rainy River District School Board will remain open on Monday. Central staff will be deployed to schools to provide support. CUPE staff may be picketing at several locations and we remind staff, parents/guardians, and students to be cautious when crossing the picket line. 

Here are some tips for crossing the picket line in a vehicle:
  • Approach the picket line at a slow speed.
  • Keep your windows rolled up and doors locked.
  • Do not turn vehicle off or leave your vehicle.
  • Come to a full stop, watch for an opening, and exercise caution before proceeding.Care should be taken not to cause injury to the picketers. However, if the picketers allow a small space in front of your vehicle, move your vehicle forward into that space.
  • If you are stopped by a person on the picket line and detained for a short period of time, be patient and proceed when the person on the picket line is finished with the presentation.
However, the Board is unsure how long it will be able to maintain the required health and safety standards with all of our students in the building, if the strike action continues. 

There is the possibility of school closures. We urge families to seek alternate arrangements for child care for potentially Tuesday and beyond.

All community use permits have been canceled effective Oct. 7 until further notice. Extra-curricular activities and events scheduled for Oct. 8 and beyond will be canceled/postponed.  

We understand that this causes hardships, uncertainty and frustration for students, staff and families. With bargaining expected to resume this weekend, we hope all parties can reach fair, mutually agreeable agreements as quickly as possible. We promise to do our best to keep you informed. Please visit www.rrdsb.com for updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.
October 2, 2019 - CUPE announced full withdrawal of services
This morning, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would begin a full withdrawal of service—strike action—across the province on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, unless progress is made at the central bargaining table.

At this time, the Rainy River District School Board is confirming details of the strike action and its impact on school operations. We will provide an update directly to families, staff and students once a decision has been made.

We appreciate that, depending on the decision, 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.

We will communicate our decision as soon as it is made.​

Thank you for your ongoing understanding.
September 30, 2019 - CUPE members begin job action

As you may be aware, the mediation among the Council of Trustees Associations, the Crown and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) ended this past weekend without reaching a collective agreement. CUPE members in the Rainy River District School Board include secretaries, early childhood educators, central business staff, and custodial and maintenance staff.

As a result, CUPE members in our schools began job action today across Ontario. All RRDSB schools will remain open during the announced job action. Families, students, and staff will see some minor effects, which will vary by school, but will include discontinuing hot lunch programs and school fundraising.   

As a part of the announced job action, CUPE has directed their members to follow work-to-rule instructions, including, but not limited to:

  • ground maintenance;
  • recycling/compost programs;
  • setting up or taking down chairs/tables etc. for any event or function school based or community use including elections;
  • cleaning of unfunded areas, such as hallways, office areas and gymnasiums; and
  • collecting money, including School Cash Online.

At this time, every effort is being made to lessen the impact on our students and families. Student safety remains our top priority and we will continue to monitor the situation and its impact.

September 27, 2019 - CUPE begins job action across Ontario on Sept. 30

On Sept. 25, 2019, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would begin provincial job action across Ontario on Sept. 30, 2019. This means that CUPE members in the Rainy River District School Board—secretaries, early childhood educators, central business staff, and custodial and maintenance staff—will be engaged in job action as of Monday. No other union or federation has indicated job action at this time.

Schools will remain open, with health and safety as a key priority.

Given this job action, some things you normally expect as part of the school experience may be affected. This will likely include putting a hold on hot lunch programs and school fundraising.

We understand that this provincial labour situation is causing uncerta​inty and frustration for students, staff and families. Student safety is a key priority and we do everything we can to minimize the impact of job action on students and families. We are closely monitoring negotiations and hope all parties can reach fair, mutually agreeable agreements as quickly as possible.

September 25, 2019 - Important information for families regarding CUPE job action
This morning, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirmed that job action will begin across the province on Monday, Sept. 30. In the Rainy River District School Board, CUPE members include secretaries, early childhood educators, central business staff, and custodial and maintenance staff.

At this time, Rainy River District School Board administration is reviewing the job action directive from CUPE provincial to members to determine the impact these will have on school and work site operations, and to learning and working. Schools will remain open to staff and students during this job action. 

We appreciate that timely communication is important to you, and we commit to providing you with additional details on the job action as soon as we can. We expect to be in a position to share more information with you as early as Friday.
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