Strike averted, schools to remain open

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Both Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB) and District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) have posted on their websites and social media that the province-wide CUPE strike has been averted and that all schools will be open for normal programming Monday, Oct. 7/2019.

“Niagara Catholic has been advised by OCSTA that a tentative collective agreement between CUPE, which represents educational support works, the provincial government and the Council of Trustees’ Association has been reached,” a post on NCDSB social media said Sunday. “Schools will be open for all students tomorrow Monday, October 7.”

“We thank all sides who worked so diligently throughout the weekend to reach the agreement, and look forward to seeing everyone Monday morning,” the post said.

On the DSBN website, the following notice has been posted:

This is an important message from the District School Board of Niagara
We’re pleased to let you know that CUPE and the government have reached an agreement.
Therefore, all schools will be open Monday morning.
Transportation will continue as normal for students.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

In a press release Sunday, Oct. 6/2019, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, said the following regarding the tentative agreement with CUPE:

“Parents can rest easy knowing that the Government worked tirelessly to ensure their children remain in the classroom, where they belong.
That is why I am pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached between the Crown, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and the school board trustee associations, that keeps kids in class.
The Government has remained a constructive force at the table with one mission in mind: keeping students in a safe and positive learning environment. By negotiating in good faith, all parties have demonstrated that a tentative deal can be achieved.
This is welcome news for families, students, and workers alike, as schools remain opened across our province.
We will continue to negotiate in good faith to ensure students in this province remain in class.”