Negotiations Updates


Negotiations Updates will be posted on this page as they are available

December 6, 2019

Today, OSSTF announced a one-day full withdrawal of secondary services on Wednesday December 11, 2019 for some Ontario school boards. DSBN is not among the Boards that are impacted by this one-day withdrawal.

This does not impact elementary schools.

Implications for DSBN:
DSBN secondary teachers will engage in picketing duties in the late afternoon on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. These pickets will not affect the normal school day. The picketing will take place at various locations in the community.

Cancelled:
Pickets will result in the cancellation of after school programs such as practices, rehearsals, and clubs.

Not Cancelled:
Evening events such as concerts, dances, or other events may continue.

Prescheduled games (basketball, volleyball, etc.) after school will not be cancelled.

You may hear about withdrawal of services – it is only the following school boards. The DSBN is not affected.

• Rainy River District School Board
• Near North District School Board
• Grand Erie District School Board
• Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
• Toronto District School Board
• Simcoe County District School Board
• Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
• Trillium Lakelands District School Board
• Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

December 4, 2019

All DSBN Secondary schools will be closed for student learning on December 4 due to the OSSTF one day walk out.

This closure also includes the postponement and/or cancellation of:

• athletic activities including games and practices
• all extracurricular activities
• field trips and other out of school activities
• co-op placements, Niagara LINK, Dual Credits/Connecting to College

December 3, 2019

If the government and OSSTF are not able to come to an agreement on the evening December 3, there is a potential walkout scheduled for secondary schools tomorrow (December 4).

 In the event of a walk out, DSBN Secondary Schools will be closed for student learning on that day. This closure also includes the postponement and/or cancellation of:

  • athletic activities including games and practices
  • all extracurricular activities
  • field trips and other out of school activities
  • co-op placements, Niagara LINK, Dual Credits/Connecting to College
We will post information as soon as it is available.

November 29, 2019

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation has announced that if they are not able to reach an agreement with the government before December 4, it will hold a one-day walk out on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

 In the event of a walk out, DSBN Secondary Schools will be closed for student learning on that day. This closure also includes the postponement and/or cancellation of:

  • athletic activities including games and practices
  • all extracurricular activities
  • field trips and other out of school activities
  • co-op placements, Niagara LINK, Dual Credits/Connecting to College

The DSBN respects the federations’ right to engage in legal job action. We believe that a quick resolution to this impasse is in the best interests of our students.

Updates will be posted for parents here and on social media as they become available.

November 21, 2019

Starting Tuesday, November 26, secondary teachers represented by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) will be starting job action.

This is a limited withdrawal of services that will not impact student learning.

Job action will not impact High School Open Houses which run from November 25-28.

Secondary teachers will hold information pickets by distributing information to parents and the public before or after school, or during lunch periods. These pickets will not disrupt the regular school day and will not impact students in the classroom.

The DSBN is hopeful the government and OSSTF will come together to negotiate a fair and student-focused deal.

November 19, 2019

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario has announced that it will begin job action at the DSBN on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

Based on the information we have been provided, during job action, teachers will no longer: 

  • Participate in any PD or training sessions
  • Engage in any EQAO activities

 Student safety is our number one priority during this time. The job action will not impact safety and our schools will continue to be safe places for all students.

The DSBN respects the federations’ right to engage in legal job action. We believe that a quick resolution to this impasse is in the best interests of our students. The DSBN is hopeful the government and ETFO will come together to negotiate a fair and student-focused deal.

October 6th, 2019

We're pleased to let you know that CUPE and the government have reached an agreement. Therefore, all schools will be open Monday morning. Transportation will continue as normal for students. We look forward to seeing you soon!

October 4, 2019

In the event of a province-wide strike by CUPE members, the DSBN will have no choice but to close all schools and cancel transportation. Safety is our number one priority and without CUPE members in schools we would not be able to maintain a safe environment.

We encourage parents to begin making alternate child care arrangements for their children.

In the event of a strike:

  • All schools will be closed for instructional purposes for the duration of the strike
  • Early ON centres will be open
  • For information on child care in DSBN schools, please contact your provider directly for details
  • All non-CUPE staff will report to work as normal
  • All student co-ops are cancelled
  • All school rental permits will be cancelled
  • Night school credit courses will continue to operate
  • eLearning courses will continue with no penalty for students without access

Bargaining is expected to continue on Friday. If a deal is reached and there is no strike, schools will be open as usual on Monday. This is a province-wide job action and must be resolved at that level. It is not a dispute between the DSBN and CUPE. We value the hard work of our CUPE members.

We will continue to post updates to social media and the DSBN website.

October 2, 2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has given notice that, unless a deal is reached, it intends to withdraw its services as of Monday, October 7. At this time, the DSBN is gathering information and planning for all contingencies. We will update students, parents, and the community by the end of the week.

The DSBN remains hopeful that negotiations will continue and that all sides will come together to negotiate a fair deal focused on the needs of students.

September 29, 2019

On September 30, CUPE will begin their job action. We recognize the valuable work that CUPE members perform for our schools in their many roles including secretaries, EAs, caretakers and more.

School will continue on Monday following the usual schedules. If you have any questions, please contact your child's principal at their school.

September 25, 2019

CUPE 4156 is scheduled to begin action on Monday, September 30.

In simple terms, this job action means that members will not engage in unpaid work, such as volunteer coaching of a team, attending training sessions, or answering email outside of work hours.

Schools are expected to operate normally with minimal disruption during this job action; students will be in their classes learning during their normal instructional times.

Bargaining will continue Saturday, September 28 - should there be a change, we will continue to provide job action updates through this website and on social media.