Information on CUPE Strike Announcement

Dear Lakehead Public Schools Families and Staff,

As you may know, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is currently engaged in provincial labour negotiations. On October 30th, CUPE announced that should a deal not be reached by Friday, November 4, then CUPE education workers across the province will be on a full strike (full withdrawal of services) on that day.

We are continuing to assess the impact that a full withdrawal of services would have on our schools and will communicate with parents and guardians as the week continues. Maintaining a normal routine will be very difficult. CUPE members within our Board include custodial, maintenance, and some cafeteria staff.

The government has also indicated that they have tabled legislation (Bill 28 – Keeping Students in Class Act). Provincially, the parties are continuing discussions. While Lakehead Public Schools is not directly involved in the provincial negotiations, we remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached. Please monitor the Board website and social media channels for updates.