Skip to main content

Letter to Parents Guardians re ETFO and CUPE job action - Sept 30 2015

September 30, 2015

Dear elementary school students, parents and guardians,

This letter is to provide you with a further update regarding the escalation of job sanctions by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents education support staff members.

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
As I shared last week, ETFO has made public statements regarding planned rotating one day strikes if progress does not occur at the provincial bargaining table. At this time, YRDSB has no additional information about when the one day strike will occur. Additional information regarding the existing strike actions is available on the Board website at

Canadian Union of Public Employees (i.e., caretakers, clerical, DECEs and educational assistants)
On September 29, 2015, CUPE escalated its withdrawal of services, which includes:
 not handling money;
 not sweeping hallways or entrances unless there is a safety concern; and
 not cutting grass or cleaning up leaves unless there is a safety concern.

A list of additional activities being withdrawn by CUPE members is available on the Board’s website. As a result of these sanctions, parents may notice that some programs or activities may be cancelled.

The York Region District School Board is undertaking all possible measures to minimize the impact of labour sanctions on students and their families. It is important to note that the job actions are a result of the bargaining process at the provincial level, and Board employees are required to follow the direction of their provincial federations/unions. At the local Board level, we continue to bargain with all our employee groups, including ETFO and CUPE.

You can find updates and information about labour issues on the Board website: You may also follow our Twitter account for more immediate updates: @yrdsb.

We recognize this situation is disappointing; your child’s safety continues to be our first priority.


J. Philip Parappally

Director of Education


Popular posts from this blog

New Year's Day

January 1 marks the New Year in the Gregorian calendar, and is celebrated by many communities world-wide. Korean New Year was originally a lunar festival, called Son-nal, held at the beginning of the second new moon after the winter solstice (December 21 or 22). Nowadays, New Year's is often celebrated on the solar New Year, January 1st. Many Korean families use this day to honor ancestors, have special food, and play traditional games. Oshogatsu (January 1-3) is an important festival for many Japanese people. Some gather with friends and families to say good-bye to the old year at forgetting parties. They also say hello to the New Year. Many Japanese, some of whom practice Shintoism, welcome in the New Year with prayers for renewal of hearts, good health, and prosperity. In North America, January 1 has become a day for Buddhists of all schools to attend a special service in the local temple. For many people, New Year's Eve is a secular holiday and has become an occasion fo

Lunchbox Orders - Program Cancelled

Dear Parents, This is to inform you that due to low student enrollment in LunchBox orders we have to cancel this program for the rest of the school year.  The week of December 17th to 21st will be the last week you can place your orders.   If you have any other suggestions in any other lunch programs please let us know. Thank you, WPS School Council   

Booking Student-Led Conferences on EDSBY

Friday, November 2 nd , 2018 Dear Parents / Guardians: Westminster PS is pleased to announce that we will be using an online process through Edsby to manage our Parent Teacher Interviews/Student Led Conferences scheduled for Nov 22 & 23, 2018. Edsby is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that will allow families to easily reserve times to meet with their child’s teachers. YRDSB in partnership with Edsby have created a secure platform that protects the privacy of information for our YRDSB families. Families will need to create an Edsby account to access the online appointment scheduler for their child’s teachers for Student Led Conferences. Only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened on November 7 th will have access. For help signing up for Parent-Teacher interviews/Student Led Conferences, please visit . If you require assistance in setting up your Edsby account, or have any questions about the boo