Labour Update

Labour Update
Posted on 01/09/2022

January 9, 2022


Dear Parents/Guardians: 


Despite best efforts, we have been unable to reach a renewal collective agreement with the Nipissing Elementary Teacher’s Unit (NEU) of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA).  OECTA has announced  that “work-to-rule” strike sanctions will begin at all Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (NPSC) elementary schools on January 10, 2022.  


We value all our teachers as dedicated, caring, professionals, who serve and support the learning and well-being needs of our students, rooted in our Catholic faith.  As a Catholic school board, we respect the collective bargaining process and the corresponding labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. 


We are also committed to the success of the local bargaining process. The Board has already reached local agreements with our secondary and occasional teachers and both our support staff groups.  We have held many bargaining meetings with the NEU since June 2020 in an effort to conclude this final local agreement.  We will continue to negotiate with the Nipissing Elementary Unit in good faith and remain highly committed to achieving a settlement. 


“Work-to-rule” is a partial withdrawal of services.  OECTA has advised that our elementary teachers will be: 

  • Limiting report cards to marks and learning skills only, without comments. Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be provided with one comment per frame. 

  • Not participating in EQAO activities, including test preparation, administration of tests and marking. 

  • Not distributing information that was not generated by teachers, such as school newsletters. 

  • Not attending staff meetings, department meetings or divisional meetings. 

  • Not participating in board/work meetings or workshops outside of instructional hours. 

  • Not attending meetings, training, or undertaking tasks related to any Ministry of Education or board initiative. 

  • Participating in information pickets and solidarity days. 


Academic programming will continue to be delivered to our students during this work-to-rule action. The Board’s leadership team is working together with Principals and Vice-Principals to minimize any negative impact on student learning.  We expect that the daily learning activities of our students will not be affected. 


Parents/guardians are valued partners in their child’s education, and we appreciate your consideration as we work through this important process. We will provide any new information or updates as they arise. 


We thank you for your continued patience and support during this difficult period.  



 Director ofEducation
Anna Marie Bitonti

Chair of theBoard

Leo de Jourdan