Labour Updates

Labour Update #11 - October 6, 2019 (9:10pm)

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ministry of Education and the trustees’ association HAVE reached a settlement.

Thames Valley schools will be OPEN to students tomorrow, Monday, October 7. Before school programs will not be available. After-school programs WILL run tomorrow (Monday, October 7).


Labour Update #10 - October 6, 2019 (8:00pm)
We are awaiting news on the status of school tomorrow, just like you. We will share if schools are open or closed to students tomorrow, as soon as possible (definitely before 6am). Please have plans in place for either outcome. 
Labour Update #9 - October 6, 2019 (2:00pm)
All elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, unless an agreement is reached at the central bargaining table. We will notify parents and guardians as soon as information becomes available, leading up to early Monday morning.
Labour Update #8 - October 4, 2019

#TVDSB Labour Update: At this time, child care centres will be open regular hours on Monday, October 7.

The following FAMILY CENTRES are OPEN only during childcare centre hours:

  • Cedar Hollow Public School
  • Northbrae Public School
  • Sir Arthur Currie Public School
  • White Oaks Public School
Labour Update #7 - October 4, 2019

We are currently evaluating the status of our Childcare centres and will provide updates as they become available. 


  • Co-op placements not at a TVDSB site
  • eLearning Classes
  • Some select Adult Education and Alternative Education Classes


  • Before and After School programs
  • EarlyON Centres
  • Family Centre Argyle
  • All events scheduled at TVDSB building are cancelled unless otherwise notified
  • Community Use of Facilities (unless otherwise notified)
Labour Update #6 - October 3, 2019

Please see our most recent announcement regarding the impact of labour action on Thames Valley District School Board. 

Full content of the letter is below: 

On October 2, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced a full withdrawal of services (legal strike action) in Ontario schools beginning on Monday, October 7, unless progress is made at the central bargaining table with the Ministry of Education and the trustees’ association.

After thoughtful discussion and considering all options, Thames Valley District School Board has decided to close schools for all students effective Monday, October 7, unless an agreement is reached before that time. If a settlement is reached, we will communicate with families as quickly as possible when students may return to class.

We recognize the significant impact this has on families, staff and our school communities.

Thames Valley will not be able to ensure student safety as more than 3,400 of our employees are CUPE members who will not be reporting to work if an agreement is not reached. CUPE staff include custodians, early childhood educators, educational assistants, school and central clerical, technical support (IT) and maintenance.

Due to anticipated school closures for an indefinite period of time, families are strongly encouraged to make alternate arrangements for children.

Our valued CUPE staff are critical front-line employees of Thames Valley District School Board. We respect the negotiation process and remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached at the provincial bargaining table.

Updated information will be posted on

Labour Update #5 - October 2, 2019

Thames Valley District School Board is determining the impact of strike action on school operations. Unless progress is made at the central/provincial bargaining table, a decision around school closures will be made by Friday, October 4 at 11:00am. 

We will provide this information directly to families, staff and students.

We understand that there may be significant impacts on your family. Families are strongly encouraged to begin to explore alternate arrangements for children next week (October 7 – 11), in the event strike action results in school closures.

In the case of closures, child care centres and family centres operating in a TVDSB building will also be closed.

We will communicate the Board's decision by Friday, October 4 at 11:00am.​

Thank you for your ongoing understanding. 

Labour Update #4 - October 2, 2019

We have been officially notified by The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) of a full withdrawal of services effective Monday, October 7. CUPE staff includes educational assistants, early childhood educators, school and central clerical, technical support (IT), custodial and maintenance.

We continue to evaluate the situation and will provide updates related to operations of schools as they become available. At this time, parents and guardians should be considering alternate arrangements for childcare for next week, as the decision around school closures is yet to be determined. 

Schools remain open for the rest of this week (Sept 30-October 4).

Labour Update #3 - September 30, 2019

We know that parents/guardians may have concerns about labour disruptions at school and how they may affect our students. We believe normal school operations for students can and will continue. At this time, any visible evidence of the job action at the school level will be kept to a minimum where possible.

Families with students with special education needs may have additional concerns related to  programming and supports during job action. We are aware of the unique needs of these students and will continue to work with school teams and families.

We understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff. We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. Information and updates can be found on our website: or on Twitter @tvdsb. We may also share further information electronically through School Messenger.

Labour Update #2 - September 27, 2019 
All Community Use/Facility Rentals for the week of Sept 30 – Oct 6 are CANCELLED due to work-to-rule action, unless otherwise notified. Permit holders will be notified by Community Use of Facilities. Permits will be assessed on a weekly basis and updated on
Labour Update #1 - September 25, 2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirmed that job action will begin across the province on Monday, September 30th. CUPE members include custodial, maintenance, school based and central clerical, educational assistants, early childhood educators and information technology. Thames Valley staff are reviewing the job action directive from CUPE provincial to members to determine the impact these will have on school and worksite operations, and to learning and working.

Thames Valley District School Board schools remain open to staff and students during this phase of job action.

Student safety continues to be our priority and we commit to providing you with up-to-date information in a timely manner.

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