As a Catholic school board, the YCDSB respects collective bargaining and hopes that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached by Sunday. Although we are not involved in centralized negotiations, we are confident that the parties involved would work hard to reach an agreement. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECD) reached an interim agreement with the provincial government and the Ontario Catholic School Trust Association (OCSTA) on March 12, 2020. CUPE Local 1571 has announced that it will hold a ratification vote for its members on November 23, 2019. The YCDSB Foundation Board will submit the provisional agreement for ratification at its meeting on 26 November 2019. Today, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECD) announced that no interim agreement has been reached with the province and that legal action will begin on Monday, January 13, 2020. On October 6, CUPE and the province announced that they had entered into a new collective agreement. This interim agreement is currently ratified by CUPE members. The York Catholic District School Board is very pleased that the provincial negotiating teams and CUPE have negotiated a new collective agreement. That`s why CUPE WILL NOT BE GREAT DEMAIN, MONDAY 7 OCTOBER 2019. Following the provincial negotiations, CUPE YCDSB has indicated that its members will be in a legal strike position from Monday, September 30, 2019. In the event of no agreement at the provincial level by the September 30 deadline, CUPE members will begin legal proceedings on September 30 in the form of sanctions settlement work.

The York Catholic District School Board is very pleased that the Ministry of Education and the Ontario Secondary Teachers` Federation (OSSTF) have reached an interim agreement at the provincial level. The ratification votes with OSSTF members are scheduled for May. The York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) and CUPE Local 2331 have reached an interim agreement. This means that the central body of each union negotiates with the province and its local units to negotiate with each school board. Different aspects of a collective agreement are negotiated at each level. The collective agreements for the three YCDSB union partners expired on August 31, 2019. We understand that a work stoppage can be a concern for students, parents and school communities, and we will ensure that all parties involved are kept informed throughout the process.