Labour Negotiations


February 18, 2020

​OECTA Announces Potential Walkout – Tuesday, February 25​

OECTA announced today that it will move to a series of rotating strikes across the province next week, if a provincial settlement is not reached by then. 

This means that OECTA will potentially hold a one-day, full withdrawal of services in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, unless a strike is averted.

 

OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers. A full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms, posing significant student supervision challenges that would threaten the safety of our elementary and secondary students. 

 

In light of these safety concerns, all HCDSB schools will be closed to students on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, if a provincial settlement is not reached.

 

NOTE: The potential walkout on February 25th is in addition to the one-day walkout that is scheduled to take place across the province on Friday, February 21, 2020.

 

In Summary

What will be CANCELLED or CLOSED

What will PROCEED or remain OPEN


  • All HCDSB elementary & secondary schools will be CLOSED to students.
  • All Before & After School Programs will be CANCELLED.
  • Credit courses offered at ALL Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education locations will be CANCELLED.



  • Childcare centres will remain OPEN as they run independently from our schools.
  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes taking place at ALL Thomas Merton Centre locations will PROCEED as scheduled.
  • International Languages Elementary (ILE) classes will PROCEED as scheduled. 
  • Community use of schools will PROCEED as scheduled in all HCDSB schools.


NOTE: Many of our extended day providers will offer a full-day program. Parents are encouraged to contact the extended day provider at their child’s school about program offerings.


February 12, 2020

OECTA UPDATE #7: One-Day Strike – Friday, February 21, 2020

It was announced today that on Friday, February 21, 2020 all elementary and secondary teachers as well as many education workers across the province will participate in a one-day walkout.

This walkout will include members of the following four education unions in Ontario:

  • Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO);
  • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO);
  • Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA); and
  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO)

OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers. A full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms, posing significant student supervision challenges that would threaten the safety of our elementary and secondary students.

In light of these safety concerns, all HCDSB schools will be CLOSED to students on Friday, February 21, 2020.

What will be CANCELLED or CLOSED

What will PROCEED or remain OPEN


  • All HCDSB elementary & secondary schools will be CLOSED to students.
  • All Before & After School Programs will be CANCELLED.
  • Credit courses offered at ALL Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education locations will be CANCELLED.



  • Childcare centres will remain OPEN as they run independently from our schools.
  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes taking place at ALL Thomas Merton Centre locations will PROCEED as scheduled.
  • International Languages Elementary (ILE) classes will PROCEED as scheduled. 
  • Community use of schools will PROCEED as scheduled in all HCDSB schools.

NOTE: Many of our extended day providers will offer a full-day program. Parents are encouraged to contact the extended day provider at their child’s school about program offerings.

We regret any disruption to student learning and inconvenience to families that will result from this job action. We respect that job sanctions are a legal part of the collective bargaining process. Our actions during any sanctions remain focused on the safety and well-being of the students entrusted to our care.

As a Board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions.

We remain hopeful that a new provincial agreement will soon be reached with our OECTA staff.

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January 28, 2020

OECTA UPDATE #6: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Tues., February 4, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced today that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

As OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers, a full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms. This poses significant student supervision challenges that would threaten the safety of our elementary and secondary students. 

In light of these safety concerns, we will close all schools to students on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, unless a strike is averted. 

We regret any disruption to student learning and inconvenience to families that will result from this job action. We respect that job sanctions are a legal part of the collective bargaining process. Our actions during any sanctions remain focused on the safety and well-being of the students entrusted to our care.​

In Summary:​


What will be CANCELLED or CLOSED

What will PROCEED or remain OPEN


  • All HCDSB elementary and secondary schools will be CLOSED to students.
  • All Before & After School Programs will be CANCELLED.
  • Credit courses offered at ALL Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education locations will be CANCELLED.



  • Childcare centres will remain OPEN as they run independently from our schools.
  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes taking place at ALL Thomas Merton Centre locations will PROCEED as scheduled.
  • Community use of schools will PROCEED as scheduled in all HCDSB schools.


NOTE: Many of our extended day providers will offer a full-day program. Parents are encouraged to contact the extended day provider at their child’s school about program offerings.​

January 14, 2020

OECTA UPDATE #5: All HCDSB Elementary and Secondary Schools Will Be CLOSED to Students on Tues. January 21, 2020

On January 13, 2020, the Ontario Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, gave notice that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (strike) on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

As OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers, a full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction will take place in any of our classrooms. This will pose significant student supervision challenges that would threaten the safety of our students. 

In light of these safety concerns, we will close all schools to students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, unless a strike is averted. 

We regret any disruption to student learning and inconvenience to families that will result from this job action. We respect that job sanctions are a legal part of the collective bargaining process. Our actions during any sanctions remain focused on the safety and well-being of the students entrusted to our care. 

In Summary

  • All HCDSB elementary and secondary schools will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

  • Credit courses offered at all Thomas Merton Centre locations will be CANCELLED on Tuesday, January 21. 

  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and English as a Second Language (ESL) Non-Credit Classes at all Thomas Merton Centre locations will proceed as scheduled on Tuesday, January 21.

  • School offices will remain OPEN for Advanced Kindergarten Registration on Tuesday, January 21.   

  • All Before & After School programs will be CANCELLED – however many providers will offer a full-day program. Please contact the extended day provider at your school about program offerings.

  • Childcare centres will remain OPEN as they run independently from our schools.

  • Community use of schools will CONTINUE as scheduled in all HCDSB schools.

  • All non-OECTA staff will report to work in schools and our administrative offices.​


January 13, 2020

OECTA UPDATE #4: OECTA Announces One-Day Strike on Tues. Jan 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced today that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

We are currently gathering information and will follow up with parents and guardians as soon as we have more to share.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

January 10, 2020

OECTA UPDATE #3 - EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment Postponed, in Light of OECTA Job Action

We are sharing this message for parents who currently have a son or daughter taking Grade 9 Applied or Academic Math in Semester 1.

This message is a follow up regarding the announcement by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) confirming that they will begin ‘job action’ as of Monday, January 13, 2020.

In light of this job action, the decision has been made that HCDSB schools will NOT administer the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment, scheduled to take place in our schools on January 14th and 15th, 2020.

In a statement issued on January 8th, the Minister of Education noted that students who do not take the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment in January will need to take the test in June. We will await further direction and clarification from the Ministry with regards to a make-up test for Semester 1 Grade 9 Math students.

For more information and details about the Grade 9 EQAO Math Assessment postponement this year, please read the full letter here​

January 10, 2020

OECTA UPDATE #2 - OECTA Job Action Moving Ahead

As a follow up to the message shared on January 8, 2020, we wanted to let you know of a new development in the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) job action.

We were notified yesterday afternoon that the provincial negotiations with OECTA were adjourned, with no further meeting dates scheduled at this time. As a result, OECTA will move ahead with the job action across the province, beginning on Monday, January 13, 2020.

What Will This Look Like?

As I indicated in my email on January 8th, all schools will remain open, teachers will report to work, and student instruction will continue in our classrooms during this period of job action.

We anticipate information picket lines will take place on school property before and after school. You should not experience any significant delays entering or leaving the school as you drop off or pick up your child.

How Will This Affect My Child’s Learning?

This phase of job action should not impact student instruction in the classroom, but will affect Ministry of Education and/or school board initiatives only, including:

  • Report cards – teachers will not participate in preparation or input of report card comments, including learning skills;
  • Data entry – teachers will not enter diagnostic testing data in school board systems;
  • EQAO – teachers will not participate in any EQAO activities, including field testing, marking, administrative duties, test preparation, and administration of the test.

NOTE: Parents with children enrolled in Grade 9 Applied or Academic Math during Semester 1 will be receiving a subsequent email with further information about the EQAO assessment.

The full list of areas affected by this job action is available here​.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of job action. We will continue to focus on the needs of our students and families, and will do our best to minimize disruption to the learning environment in each of our school communities.

We remain hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with OECTA.

January 8, 2020


OECTA UPDATE #1 - OECTA Job Action on January 13, 2020 If Provincial Settlement Is Not Reached

We were notified today that the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, will begin ‘job action’ as of Monday, January 13, 2020, if a provincial settlement is not reached by then.

All schools will remain open and student instruction will continue in our classrooms during this period of job action.

How Will This Affect My Child’s Learning?


This phase of job action should not impact on student instruction in the classroom
, but will affect Ministry of Education and/or school board initiatives only, including:

  • Report cards – teachers will not participate in preparation or input of report card comments, including learning skills; 
  • Data entry - teachers will not enter diagnostic testing data in school board systems; 
  • EQAO – teachers will not participate in any EQAO activities, including field testing, marking, administrative duties, test preparation, and administration of the test.

You will find the full list of areas affected by this job action here.

In summary, all of our schools will remain open, and teachers will report to work during this period of job action. We will continue to focus on the needs of our students and families, and will do our best to minimize disruption and ensure a safe learning environment in each of our school communities.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We are committed to the success of the negotiation process, at both the provincial (central) and local levels. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with OECTA.

Information Updates

As new information becomes available, we will provide updates through:

December 17, 2019

OSSTF Walk-Out DOES NOT AFFECT HCDSB Schools​
Our HCDSB schools are NOT affected by the potential OSSTF job action on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

None of our HCDSB staff are members of OSSTF.

All HCDSB schools will be OPEN and school buses will be running, as scheduled. 

At this time, there is no pending labour disruption in our school board. If anything changes, we will email all parents, and share any new information on our Board and school websites, as well as on Twitter (@HCDSB).

December 3, 2019

OSSTF Job Action WILL NOT IMPACT HCDSB Schools
You may have recently read or seen in the news about the potential strike by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), which may take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

We are posting to let you know that schools and workplaces in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) are NOT affected by this potential job action, as none of our HCDSB employee groups are represented by OSSTF .

All schools will remain open and student instruction will continue in our classrooms, should this job action proceed for OSSTF.

Labour Updates

There are no pending job actions at this time that affect any of our unionized groups.

As always, we will share labour negotiation updates with parents and our school communities, as information becomes available. Information will be shared through one or more of the following ways:

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General Information about Collective Bargaining, Agreements and Negotiations

Collective Agreement

A written contract of employment covering a group of employees who are represented by an association/union. The agreement contains provisions governing the terms and conditions of employment. It also contains the rights, privileges and duties of the employer, the association/union and the employees.

Collective Bargaining

A process in which an association/union and an employer negotiate a first collective agreement or the renewal of a previous collective agreement.

Two-Tiered Collective Bargaining Process

Publicly-funded education in Ontario uses a two-tiered collective bargaining process:

 

Central Bargaining - deals with province-wide issues e.g. compensation, class sizes, etc.

Local Bargaining - deals with issues specific to each school board e.g. management rights, contracting out, etc.

The central body of each union negotiates with the province and their local units then bargain with each individual school board. Different aspects of a collective agreement are negotiated at each level.

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Letters to Parents and Guardian​s Regarding OECTA​:​
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​Update #1 - 
January 8, 2020 - OECTA Announces Potential Job Action

Update #2 - 
January 10, 2020 - OECTA Job Action Moving Ahead​

Update #3 - 
January 10, 2020 - EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment Postponed, in Light of OECTA Job Action

Update #4 -
January 13, 2020 - OECTA Provincial Announces One-Day Strike on Tuesday, January 21, 2020​

Update #5 -
All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Tues., January 21, 2020 due to OECTA Strike​

Update #6 -
All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Tues., February 4, 2020​

Update #7 -
All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Fri., February 21, 2020​

 

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Letters to Parents and Guardian​s Regarding OSSTF​:
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​Update #1 - 
December 3, 2019 - OSSTF Job Action Will Not Impact HCDSB Schools​

 

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Letters to Parents and Guardian​s Regarding CUPE​:
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​Update #1 - 
September 25, 2019
- Letter to Parents re. CUPE Work-to-Rule ​


Update #2 - 
October 2, 2019 - CUPE Gives Notice of Full Withdrawal of Services​

Update #3 - 
October 3, 2019 - Important Information for Parents Regarding Potential CUPE Strike​

Update #4 - 
October 4, 2019 - Potential CUPE Strike​

Update #5 - 
October 6, 2019 - CUPE Settlement Reached & All HCDSB Schools Are Open!​

 

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As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. Student safety is paramount, and we will continue to do everything possible to serve the best interest of students and families during this period of job action.

We are committed to the success of the negotiation process, both at the provincial (central) and local levels. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are all focused on what is best for our students and families.

We will continue to update this page with timely and accurate information as it becomes available. Information will be shared through one or more of the following ways:

  • On this page of our Board’s website
  • Twitter @HCDSB
  • By email to all parents and guardians through the Parent Notification System
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