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The following press release was posted on the Algoma District School Board website on Sunday, September 29, 2019, to inform parents that no collective agreement has been reached and that some school services will suffer. This outage does not apply to ADSB schools in Elliot Lake and Blind River. Your collective bargaining team (CB) is working your behalf as our current collective agreement with ADSB expires on August 31, 2019. On January 31, our CB team will meet with our ETFO Human Resources Manager to discuss and prioritize CB`s core and local issues. In March, all members of our CB team will participate in ETFO workshops focused on developing and building our capabilities in the run-up to the next round of collective bargaining. We will keep you informed during this negotiation process. As you may have heard in the media, mediation between the Board of Directors, the Crown and THE CUPE ended without a collective agreement. According to ETFO: “United. Including. The three words that have been best described are the objectives of ETFO and its 83,000 members since the federation`s inception in 1998. Join in celebrating ETFO`s achievements by getting information on the site etfo.ca about ETFO`s history and its work to build a better and fairer future for members, students and families. We advise you to present your name for the choice of our Algoma OT Executive. If you have any questions or concerns about our election process, please call (705-257-0556) or email Peter Mead, President, meadp@yahoo.com.

The general meeting of the Algoma OT Local was held on May 12, 2018 at the Honda Dealership Building at 415 Pim Street in Sault Ste. Marie instead. During that meeting, the Members present voted on amendments to our algoma-OT constitution and discussed a number of relevant issues in a question-and-answer session. The minutes of this meeting will be e-mailed to all members in early September. As a result, starting tomorrow, Monday, September 30, CUPE staff will participate in work activities, which means they will be withdrawing cleanup and garbage disposal services in all schools, as well as cafeteria services in Sault High Schools. We appreciate the cooperation of parents in ensuring that students` lunch is waste-free or packed with minimal waste/packaging, or that your children bring packages home to be disposed of. Their cooperation will help us greatly if we take tasks in different ways. If you are contacted by the police or the CAS regarding a complaint against you, on behalf of the executive of the Algoma Occasional Teacher Local, I wish you a wonderful school year 2018-2019.