PDSB Schools in Mississauga, Brampton to Shut on Monday Amid Looming Strike
Following the five-day notice to strike filed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Peel District School Board (PDSB) and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board have announced they will be shut on Monday. CUPE and the government are scheduled to hold talks today and over the coming days, as per Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
Peel District School Board has announced through an update on its official website that if a deal isn’t struck between the two parties by November 20, students will “participate in synchronous remote learning” on November 21. This means both Public and Catholic schools in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon will close on Monday.
PSDB told Insauga in a statement, “We respect the work that is carried out each day by CUPE workers to maintain safe and caring learning environments for students, and we respect the collective bargaining process in which unions are currently engaged in with the Province of Ontario.”
There are approximately 2,500 full-time and casual CUPE Local 1628 members in the Peel District School Board. They represent office secretarial, clerical staff and library technicians. CUPE Local 2544 members represent custodial, A/V, printing, maintenance, and food services staff, all of whom will be in the legal position to strike.