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Catholic Schools To Close If CUPE Strike Happens

Thursday October 3rd, 2019, 11:33am

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Catholic Schools in Windsor-Essex will close if CUPE members go on strike Monday the board says.

On Wednesday, The Canadian Union of Public Employees provided notice that they will escalate their work-to-rule campaign to a full withdrawal of services on Monday, October 7th, 2019 if a negotiated settlement with the provincial government cannot be reached by that date.

The board employs more than 400 CUPE support staff including Educational Assistants, Designated Early Childhood Educators, Child and Youth Workers, Psychotherapists and other para-professionals.

“The health and safety of all of our students and staff remains the Board’s primary concern and was the predominant factor that was considered in making this decision,” the board said in a press release.

“We would strongly suggest that parents and guardians begin looking at alternative arrangements for child care. Parents who have children enrolled in privately operated daycare services and before-and-after programs in our schools should consult with the providers of those programs to determine whether they will remain open should a strike occur.”

St. Michael’s Adult Campus on Detroit Street in Windsor will remain open.

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