Niagara public school board will close schools Monday if CUPE goes on strike

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Published November 16, 2022 at 4:50 pm

The District School Board of Niagara's head office at 191 Carlton St in St. Catharines.

The District School Board of Niagara said today (November 16) that if CUPE goes ahead with its threatened province-wide strike on November 21, all of their schools will be closed.

“Today, CUPE (the Canadian Union of Public Employees) announced that following a week of negotiations between CUPE and the provincial government, a provincial agreement has not yet been reached,” the board said in a statement.

“As a result, CUPE has confirmed they have given the province their five-days’ notice of a potential province-wide strike. If a deal is not reached between CUPE and the provincial government by Monday, November 21, 2022, CUPE may withdraw their services, and there could be another province-wide strike on Monday, November 21.”

They added, “If this happens, all DSBN schools will be closed to students.”

The DSBN noted they will keep  families, students, staff, and community members “up to date with the most recent information as it becomes available.”

So far, the Niagara Catholic District School Board has not commented on the potential CUPE strike, though it is likely to follow suit.

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