The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) is following suit with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). The CDSBEO sent out a press release this afternoon directing parents and caregivers to have childcare plans in place for Monday. 

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced yesterday its members will strike if an agreement is not reached by Sunday. CUPE represents school support staff, including educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodial/maintenance staff, clerical staff and library workers.

Board Chair Todd Lalonde says the safety of students is the priority. He noted all CDSBEO schools will be closed to students, effective Monday, if the strike action commences.  

CUPE represents more than 440 employees with the CDSBEO, or 31% of its staff.