The Glengarry News


Schools open as strike begins

publisher Feb 7, 2017 - 10:08am

As employees picketed its head office in L’Orignal Tuesday morning, Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien said that its schools remain open and buses would continue to roll.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)  Local 4155 members began demonstrating after contract talks broke down last week.
Each side was blaming the other for the impasse at the French-language Catholic board which administers 25 elementary and eight secondary schools, with a total enrolment of over 10,000, in Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry and Prescott-Russell.

CUPE 4155 represents supervisors, school administrators, clerks, maintenance workers, library technicians and IT technicians at the CSDCEO.
The 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 CUPE 4155 – to the brink of a strike,” the union stated.
But the board replies that union negotiators chose to leave the bargaining table.

At a session February 1, conciliators proposed new dates for negotiations. These dates were accepted by the CSDCEO, but were rejected by the union, the board says. CUPE subsequently issued a notice of intention to strike.

“During the many negotiating meetings, CSDCEO has always negotiated in good faith and proposed different solutions. We believe it is possible to avoid a labor dispute, since all monetary issues have already been determined by central agreements. The CSDCEO remains willing to negotiate with CUPE and does not want a labor dispute,” insisted board director of education François Turpin.

If the labour dispute continues, all necessary steps will be taken to ensure the safety and welfare of students and staff, the board said.
“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 in negotiations – even working with conciliators – we realized that, unfortunately, the time had come to take job action, up to and including a full strike.”

Impasse at school board

publisher Feb 7, 2017 - 8:52am

The Canadian Union of Public Employees could take job action today (February 7) at schools operated by Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO). The French-language Catholic system, which includes École Elda Rouleau in Alexandria, is still the only school board in Ontario without a local collective agreement with its education workers. 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 Tuesday, February 7. More details as they become available.

Motion to halt closures defeated

publisher Oct 13, 2016 - 4:02pm

A bid to halt a school closure plan by the Upper Canada District School Board was defeated by a vote of 8-3 Wednesday.
Wendy MacPherson, John McAllister and Lisa Swan supported the resolution. Caroll Carkner, Jeremy Armer, Donald Cram, Peter Garrow, William MacPherson, David McDonald, Jeff McMillan and Susan Richards voted to continue with the “Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation Review.”

Strike action may affect UCDSB elementary schools as early as Monday

sean May 5, 2015 - 2:37pm

Here's the latest labour update from the UCDSB regarding elementary teachers' announcement of action next Monday.

Message from Director Patterson and Chair McMillan
Labour Update
May 5, 2015 – Update #2

Last night, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) provided notice to the Upper Canada District School Board - and, in fact, all English public boards across the province - that they intend to begin strike action on Monday May 11.
We know this action will affect students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, but at this moment we do not know exactly what this strike action will entail. The planned job action could range from a partial withdrawal of services, such as coaching, to a full walkout. We expect to hear more information from ETFO shortly on their plans for next week and we will share that information with you as soon as we have it.

The staff and trustees at the Upper Canada District School Board understand that this uncertainty can cause a lot of anxiety for students and parents. While we can't promise to avoid every negative effect of a potential job action, we are committed to keeping you informed and supporting you through the process.

Our first priority remains our students’ education and we will continue to work toward achieving their success.

There are a number of ways you can stay informed:
1. UCDSB Website: Labour Updates
2. Your local school website
3. Register for a account by calling or visiting your school office. Urgent messages regarding labour action will be provided through text message, voicemail or email.
4. Social Media—follow @UCDSB on Twitter; and/or Like our page on Facebook at

Thank you for your patience in this challenging time.
Jeff McMillan, Chair
Charlotte Patterson, Director of Education

Williamstown Public School rallies around anti-bullying message

Administrator Mar 2, 2015 - 3:08pm