Oct. 6, 2019

All schools in the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board will be open tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 7).

We are pleased to hear that negotiations tonight between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Government of Ontario and the provincial trustees’ associations have resulted in a tentative agreement.

A CUPE strike has been averted and schools will be operating as per usual beginning tomorrow morning. All busing will run as normal tomorrow morning.

We look forward to resuming all programming in our Catholic schools this week.

Oct. 4, 2019

PVNC has announced that due to safety concerns, all PVNC schools will be closed to students should CUPE go on strike as of Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

Should a strike proceed, effective Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, all Before and After School Programs will not be operating in our schools for the duration of the strike.

Self-contained full-day Child Care programs, infant through to preschool, will be operating as per usual during a strike. These include programs at:

Peterborough Clarington  Kawartha Lakes 
St. Peter CSS  Holy Family CES St. Dominic CES
St. John CES St. Mother Teresa CES
St. Catherine CES St. Francis CES
St. Patrick CES
St. Alphonsus CES 

Oct. 3, 2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has announced a full withdrawal of service to go into effect this Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 unless a full negotiated settlement is reached prior to that date.

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board employs about 800 CUPE members, representing support staff such as custodians, maintenance staff, secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, learning commons specialists, paraprofessionals and central IT employees among others. 

The Board has determined that we cannot safely operate our schools for students during a full CUPE strike. 

As such, all 36 PVNC schools will be closed to students as of Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 unless a new central agreement between CUPE, the Government of Ontario and the trustee associations can be reached before then.

While we remain hopeful that negotiations this week will be successful and a strike can be averted, we encourage families to make alternate child care arrangements for next week, beginning Monday. 

The Board has made the difficult decision to close schools for students in the event of a strike after assessing a number of factors including the Board’s ability to offer special education programming, provide adequate supervision, follow safe arrival processes and maintain safe and secure learning environments. 

We will be posting labour relations updates on our website – www.pvnccdsb.on.ca, on Twitter @PVNCCDSB and we will be communicating any updates in the central negotiation process directly to families via our School Messenger system by Sunday evening.

“We understand that we are entering a time of great disruption for our students, families and staff,” Director or Education Michael Nasello said. “We remain hopeful that a fair and respectful collective agreement can be reached as soon as possible.”

Oct. 2, 2019

Today the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced a full withdrawal of service to go into effect this Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 unless a full negotiated settlement is reached prior to that date.

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board employs about 800 CUPE members, representing support staff such as custodians, maintenance staff, secretaries, educational assistants, early childcare educators, learning commons specialists, paraprofessionals and central IT employees among others. 

We are currently reviewing what impact this strike will have on our school operations and our ability to safely provide education to our students. 

We will be posting labour relations updates on our website – www.pvnccdsb.on.ca, on Twitter @PVNCCDSB and significant updates will also be communicated to families via our School Messenger system. 

We remain committed to the labour negotiations process and we are hopeful a new central agreement between CUPE, the Government of Ontario and Trustee Associations will be reached in the near future.

Sept. 30, 2019

Parents/Guardians and visitors should expect delays while visiting our Catholic elementary schools during this current time of labour action.

CUPE support staff in our schools are currently exercising job action in the form of “work to rule,” which means some regular duties at the school level are not being performed.

Doors into our Catholic elementary schools will continue to remain locked during school hours and visitors to the school may experience longer than usual delays in being buzzed into the school as there will not be a staff member monitoring the intercom at all times.

We encourage parents to restrict any unnecessary visits to the school, and when possible, to call ahead to arrange appointments or visits.

We very much appreciate the public’s understanding and patience as we work together to support our students and school communities during this time.

Sept. 26, 2019

About 55,000 Ontario school board support staff represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will be in a legal strike position on Monday, Sept. 30 including about 800 support workers at Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board.

In our Board, CUPE represents support staff such as custodians, maintenance staff, secretaries, educational assistants, early childcare educators, learning commons specialists, paraprofessionals and central IT employees among others.

Our understanding is that the first phase of job action beginning Monday, Sept. 30 will be “work-to-rule” actions. CUPE staff during this time may not be completing additional duties beyond their normal responsibilities or hours of work and schools may experience a reduction in cleaning activities and extracurricular activities.

All PVNC schools will remain open, and learning will be happening in our classrooms. PVNC is working diligently to minimize any impact on our students and school communities. However, employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts, the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. Student and staff safety is always our top priority and that will be a major factor in determining how continued job action may affect the operation of schools.

We are pleased to hear CUPE is scheduled to return to the central bargaining table. As a Catholic school board, we remain committed to the labour negotiations process and will continue to focus on achieving a negotiated settlement through our central bargaining representative, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA), at the provincial table.

We are hopeful a new central agreement with CUPE will be reached in the near future.

We are committed to ensuring our parents and guardians receive timely communications and updates throughout this process through our Board website, social media, local media and through school-level communications.

RESOURCES

Letter home to PVNC Families Oct.3, 2019

Letter home to PVNC Families Sept. 26, 2019

Labour Q&A