Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

February 01, 2017 14:02 ET

Strike looms at eastern Ontario Catholic school board CSDCEO

L'ORIGNAL, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 1, 2017) - Eastern Ontario school board Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est ontarien (CSDCEO) is still the only school board in Ontario without a local collective agreement with its education workers, but now its refusal to reach a deal at the bargaining table has taken its employees - members of Local 4155 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4155) - to the brink of a strike.

After two years in negotiations with the board, CUPE 4155 has given the required five days' notice of a strike, which is scheduled to take place beginning Sunday, February 5.

In compliance with the 2014 provincial Act governing collective bargaining for school boards, the members of CUPE 4155 are in a legal strike position after having given five days' notice of jobs action.

CUPE 4155 represents supervisors, school administrators, clerks, maintenance workers, library technicians and IT technicians at the CSDCEO.

"We have been extremely patient with our employer, so that we could avoid just such a labour dispute," said Raymond Giroux, president of CUPE 4155.

"But after 12 bargaining dates and the impasse we reached yesterday in negotiations - even working with conciliators - we realized that, unfortunately, the time had come to take job action, up and including a full strike."

CUPE 4155 will hold a membership meeting on Saturday, February 4, to discuss the job action.

Contact Information

  • Raymond Giroux
    President
    CUPE 4155
    613-620-2560

    Jacynthe Barbeau
    CUPE National Representative
    819-351-2704

    Michel Revelin
    Associate Coordinator
    Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee
    416-822-3779

    Mary Unan
    CUPE Communications
    647-390-9830