Ongoing CUPE job action is affecting municipally-run recreational programming, including in Barrie, Orillia, and Innisfil.
The job action involves custodial and maintenance workers at Simcoe County’s public and catholic school boards, and as a result, programs that take place at schools after class have to be postponed. In Barrie, this currently includes basketball programs at Hewitt’s Creek Elementary School. The City of Barrie says families will receive refunds for any missed classes and is updating its cancellation page as needed.
The Town of Innisfil says it is looking for alternate locations for its recreation programs, as job action is affecting programming at Lake Simcoe Public School, Nantyr Shores Secondary School, Goodfellow Public School, and Holy Cross Catholic School. The Town asks families to wait to hear from program instructors for further information.
A few City of Orillia programs are affected, as city staff look for alternate venues to programs offered at Twin Lakes Secondary School, Regent Park Public School, and Lions Oval Public School. A list of affected programs is available on the City’s website.
On Oct. 2, the provincial branch of CUPE announced their intent to proceed with a full legal strike across Ontario, beginning Mon. Oct. 7. We remain hopeful that a contract can be negotiated.— Simcoe County DSB (@SCDSB_Schools) October 2, 2019
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CUPE members are prepared for a full strike as of October 7th.