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Superintendent of Schools' Letter about the CUPE 441 Serves Strike

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Superintendent of Schools' Letter about the CUPE 441 Serves Strike
by PAC Website Coordinator - Thursday, 24 October 2019, 8:45 AM

CUPE 441 Serves Strike Notice to Saanich School District - Oct. 23 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The union representing support staff members in Saanich school district (CUPE) has served strike notice to the school district. The union has indicated that it intends to begin a full strike beginning Monday, Oct 28th @ 5:45am.  We regret the disruption that job action will cause for you, your children, and their educational programs, but we want to assure you that the Board is determined to continue to work towards a resolution to this dispute, to provide our valued support staff with a fair settlement within the required provincial mandate.

We know that you are concerned about the current labour situation and its effects on the education of your children.  We share those concerns and will work to provide updated information as it becomes available. I know you will want as much information as possible, and we will endeavour to meet your needs. Regular updates will be posted to our district website ( in an effort to keep you apprised of any changes.

At all schools, only school administrators will be in attendance as it is expected that teachers will likely honour any CUPE picket lines.  Given that this will result in limited supervision capabilities, there will be a concern for adequate supervision of students in our schools.  Our goal as a district during this job action will be to ensure that safety remains paramount.  As such, parents are advised not to bring their children to school and to make alternate arrangements for their care.

Parents of children who attend child care programs that are located within our schools should contact their child care providers directly for any information about the impact on their program.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.


Dave Eberwein
Superintendent of Schools