UPDATE: Canadian Union of Public Employees Strike Action

Posted on Thursday October 03, 2019

October 4, 2019 – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is planning to begin a full service withdrawal on Monday, October 7th, 2019. This means that all custodial, facility, clerical and information technology employees will be picketing.

No teachers or any in-class support staff including Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and Educational Assistants (EAs) are part of this CUPE action within our District.

Central bargaining negotiations are set to continue throughout the weekend and we remain hopeful that an agreement will be made and a strike will be avoided.

If an agreement cannot be reached, our District will nonetheless proceed with regular school day operations on Monday, October 7, 2019.

In the event of a CUPE strike, we wish to advise parents/guardians and community members of the following:


  • Secondary athletic events and inter-district games will not take place beginning Monday, October 7, 2019. We will continue to assess and monitor the situation and resume activities when and where appropriate.

  • School Cash Online orders will no longer be posted and processed. The District will cover class trips that are planned unless the school Principal deems there is a safety concern.

  • All Community Use Permits will be cancelled effective the end of school day on Friday, October 4, 2019. This will be reassessed at the end of two weeks.

  • Busing will continue as usual and parents/guardians who drive their child to school are reminded that they may cross a picket line and experience delays. Please allow for extra time.

  • We encourage all visitors to our schools to please enter and exit carefully through the picket line. Stop when necessary and you will be allowed to cross. Please avoid confrontation or provocation at all times.

As always, we will continue to provide information to parents/guardians and the community at large when it becomes available to us. Our goal is to ensure minimal disruption to the learning of our students, with safety as our top priority.

Please continue to check our website, Facebook and Twitter (@RCDSB) for updates.