All CUPE members work under the protection of a collective agreement called a collective agreement. Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve workplace issues. An interim agreement has been reached between cupE, the Ontario government and the board associations. All TDSB schools are open to students and staff on Monday, October 7, 2019. All child care facilities, including extensive day programs run by tDSB and licensed third-party child care, are open. Authorizations, continuing education courses and scheduled meetings will continue as usual. At the Toronto District School Board and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 4400 (October 14, 2020, Davie), Adjudicator Davie found that when an employee is absent at the end of a tax year due to illness, the employee must both return to work and work 11 consecutive days before freshening his sick leave. This is also the case when a staff member participates on the first day of the year, when the health insurance companies are generally refreshed.
The arbitrator also found that a principal is entitled to assume that the absence of a staff member in the first 11 consecutive days of the following year is for the same medical condition that caused their absence on the last day of the previous year, and the onus is on the worker to find otherwise. Finally, the interim policy explicitly states that in the event of a conflict between interim policy and a collective agreement, the collective agreement is a priority. If you have questions about your rights in the workplace, the best person you can talk to is your steward or local leader. You will know the details of your agreement. Since this language appears at the heart of collective agreements between all public school boards and CUPE, headteachers should take note of this decision. There is also a similar language in many other central terms. CUPE 4400 at TDSB represents the following types of employees: Schools remain open during these standard work programs and educational programs continue. As soon as they become available, we will update parents/caregivers and staff with new information. For current updates, please check out this page and follow @tdsb on Twitter. On Sunday, it was reported that negotiations between the Council of Trust Associations (which represent Ontario school boards in provincial contract negotiations), the Ontario government and cupe are currently complete without entering into a collective agreement. CUPE will begin work on Monday, September 30. For more information, see the OPSBA press release: Updated negotiation with CUPE.