Work-to-rule begins for public school support workers

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

BROCKVILLE – Educational support workers across Ontario and here in SD&G have begun a work-to-rule campaign.

The 55,000 custodians, clerical workers, educational assistants and early childhood educators are refusing to do overtime and other extra duties as part of a labour disruption.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he’s disappointed the two sides – CUPE and the Ontario Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) – were unable to reach a tentative collective agreement over the weekend.

The workers have been without a contract since Aug. 31.

The Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario both say schools will remain open. For the UCDSB, all field trips, sporting events and after school extra-curricular activities are postponed.

After hours community use of schools have also been cancelled for today (Sept. 30) through to and including Friday (Oct. 4), for the English Public board.

While the bargaining is happening at the provincial level, the UCDSB says it’s “engaged in bargaining with all employee groups and conversations are progressing.”