Lakehead Board of Education Statement on Possible Work-to-Rule Campaign


THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Due to a possible work-to-rule campaign by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Lakehead Board of Education has issued the following statement:

On Wednesday, September 25, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) formally served notice to the provincial government that will put their members in a legal strike position on Monday, September 30. This action is the result of central bargaining between CUPE and the Provincial Government breaking down. At Lakehead Public Schools, CUPE represents custodians, maintenance and cafeteria staff.

CUPE and the Ontario government have scheduled two days of contract talks for this weekend, in an effort to avoid a work-to-rule campaign. Should an agreement not be reached, CUPE has stated that Phase 1 of a work-to-rule campaign will commence this Monday, Sept. 30th.

Lakehead Public Schools respects the collective bargaining process and we are hopeful for a negotiated agreement. At the same time, Lakehead Public Schools is working diligently to minimize any impact on students and the school communities. Contingency plans are being put in place to ensure that schools and board facilities continue to be safe learning and working environments.

Some anticipated job actions expected to be taken by CUPE staff during Phase 1 of Work to Rule include:

  • Not completing ground maintenance (includes grass cutting, shoveling, etc.).
  • Not picking up garbage outside or emptying outside garbage receptacles
  • Not setting up or take down chairs/tables etc. for any event or function school-based or community use including elections.
  • No cleaning of Ministry unfunded areas such as hallways, office areas, and gymnasiums.
  • Preparing only one daily menu item in cafeterias.
  • Not accepting cash in the cafeteria – please do not send cash for cafeteria lunches.

In order to give ample notification to permit holders in advance of the potential work to rule, Community Use permits will be canceled effective Monday, September 30 until further notice.

Lakehead Public Schools is committed to communicating with our school communities and community stakeholders to keep them up to date throughout this situation. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bruce Nugent, Communications Officer at 625-5214.

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