Strike looming for Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board
Published Thursday, October 13, 2016 7:15PM EDT
A strike is looming at local catholic schools.
But the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board is assuring parents and the community that schools will continue to stay open if support staff head out on strike Monday morning.
Transportation to and from school and child care centres, as well as before and after school programs, will also continue as normal.
The board says they have a contingency plan in place in case of a strike Monday that will allow for the safe operation of schools.
As the deadline looms, support workers, including office workers, technicians, and custodians, voted overwhelmingly to support a strike.
It puts the 370 workers in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Monday morning.
Unifor Local 2458 says member’s wages have been frozen since 2012 and members have been working without a contract for more than two years
Unifor national representative Darlene Prouse claims the board now wants to retroactively claw back prior gains.
The Catholic school board says extracurricular activities will only continue at the discretion of the principal, but after-hours community use of school will be suspended in the event of a strike.