What’s worse?


As I write this, it’s Sunday morning and the negotiations between CUPE and the government are apparently under a news blackout so we don’t know the status of things. Of course, the official word is that everyone hope that an agreement can be reached and that no job action takes place tomorrow.

CTV News has published this article listing the status of Ontario School Districts with respect to their plans for Monday. Some have no workers organized by CUPE and so for them, it will be business as usual. The majority do have at least some as members. I suspect that the majority has many members to contribute to the 55 000 that will be affected.

It’s interesting to see the decisions made by school districts. Even around here, the English Public School board plans to be open with the English Catholic School board closing. Similar decisions are made with the French language boards.

So, I wondered – what’s worse – being closed or being open?

Being Closed

  • those that are not part of the job action will be expected to show up for work and potentially cross a picket line
  • parents who were notified late last week will be looking for child care for students too young to be left at home
  • a student day is lost – will boards treat it as a PD Day for teachers and claw back one later in the year?

Being Open

  • those that are not part of the job action may be forced to cross a picket line which can have immediate issues or later when everyone is back working together
  • maintenance issues will still have to be addressed but with non-unionized staff – parents, principals?
  • a student day is lost – will boards treat it as a PD Day for teachers and claw back one later in the year?

None of the Above

This may be the worst of all. According to the article, there are four school districts that haven’t made an announcement yet. That means that people need to plan for “all of the above”.

Work actions are never a pleasant thing. There are huge issues when participants on all sides are not on the same page.

What can you add to the above?

OTR Links 10/07/2019


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