Last revised: December 14, 2012

GENERAL Questions:

Where can I find more information to explain the labour relations process?

More information about the collective bargaining process, conciliation, and legal strikes can be found under The Bargaining Process section of this website.


Who is the most appropriate person to talk to about my concerns?

If you have a concern about your child’s education, please speak with the teacher first. Often times, the concern can be addressed right away. If you are having difficulty contacting your teacher, please contact your child’s Principal.

If you would like to voice your concerns about these negotiations, you are welcome to contact your MPP.

What kind of action can the government take to stop a strike? How long would they let a strike go on?

Under normal circumstances, a legal strike would end when the Board and the union reach a signed agreement. The Putting Students First Act contains provisions that give the Minister of Education authority to end a legal strike, at her discretion. If local agreements are not in place by December 31, 2012, then the government has indicated it will impose the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) agreement.


Why doesn’t the Board discipline teachers for not doing their required duties?

As of November 3, 2012, unionized staff members who have the legal right to strike cannot be disciplined for following their union’s directives. Please see The Bargaining Process for more information.


What kind of actions could a School Board take in response to strike action?

The options available to employers with unionized employees engaging in legal strike action include adjusting pay, and in the most extreme cases, lockout employees.



When do Elementary teachers plan to strike? (updated Dec 14, 2012)

All public school board elementary teachers in Waterloo Region plan to hold a one-day strike sometime the week of December 17, 2012. Unofficially, the strike may be as early as Tuesday December 18.


What will happen on the day of the one-day strike?

All elementary schools will close on the confirmed date of the one-day strike. They will re-open the following day.


Will the school board pay teachers who do not report to work on the date of the walk-out?

Teachers who do not report to work on the date of the full withdrawal of services (walk-out or full strike) will not be paid.


Which schools will be affected?

All students in JK to Grade 8 in public elementary schools in the Waterloo Region District School Board will be affected by teacher withdrawal of services. For a list of schools, please see our webpage: http://www.wrdsb.ca/schools


Will Before and After School programs still operate on the day of the one-day strike?

The answer to this question depends on who offers the school-based program.

  • If your child attends a board-operated extended day program (junior kindergarten to grade 2 students), then this program will not be able to run on the day of the full strike. Parents will not be billed for this day.
  • If your child attends a 3rd party provider program in our schools, either for the extended day (JK to Gr 2) and/or the Youth Development program (Gr 3 to 6), then the child care provider will decide if they plan to operate the program on that day. The WRDSB will not limit our partners in accessing our schools to provide the program. All Third party child care operators will communicate operating details for the one-day strike directly with parents.


Will my child’s teacher still provide support for extra-curricular activities?

It is important to recognize that teachers volunteer their time to provide students with extra-curricular activities. The Board is not in a position to require teachers to provide volunteer activities.


Will I still be able to attend an Information Night for secondary school? (updated Dec 14, 2012)

Information Nights hosted by Secondary Schools in December were postponed. Parents should contact Principals for information on the new dates and times for those re-scheduled information nights.


What will happen with parent – teacher conferences at the secondary level?

OSSTF has indicated a willingness to communicate with parents during the school day. Parents are encouraged to contact their school for parent-teacher conference dates.


Will I receive a report card for my secondary student?

Teachers are expected to participate in the completion of report cards.


Will students receive report cards in time for submission to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC)?

Past experience suggests that OUAC will make the necessary timeline adjustments to ensure that students’ transcripts are submitted and considered.


Will EQAO assessments be administered?

The next EQAO assessments are scheduled for grade 9 mathematics students from January 10 to 25, 2013. We expect assessments to happen as planned.