OSBCU – Health & Safety Question/Answer Sheet


Posted on behalf of OSBCU President, Laura Walton
Please view links below containing Health & Safety Question and Answer sheet that was prepared for OSBCU members by Paul Sylvestre, National H&S Rep.  This information should be shared with all your members.  As well we have included a screening checklist.  It is highly recommended that the screening checklist be used should anyone be coming into your workplace during this pandemic.
CLICK HERE to view Health & Safety Question/Answer Sheet
CLICK HERE to view Screening Checklist

OSBCU Bulletin Re: Facebook Live


Posted on behalf of OSBCU President, Laura Walton
Please find attached a bulletin summarizing our successful Facebook Live that was held last night on our OSBCU Facebook page.
As we continue to navigate our way through these unprecedented times, the OSBCU remains committed to using as the many avenues at our disposal to ensure that information is getting out to our 55000 members throughout the province.
We appreciate that these are very uncertain times for our members, our leaders, and our families.  We will be continuing to advocate for our members with the Ministry of Education and will share outcomes and information as it becomes available.
Thank you to everyone for the patience and understanding.  It is during times like these where it is clear that working together to achieve what is best for our members and our communities is so important.
CLICK HERE to view OSBCU Bulletin.




There is lots of information below, please take the time to review it carefully!

10 month Unit B & Unit D employees will apply for EI over March Break as usual and indicate return to work for March 23, 2020. Members will be paid regular wages by TVDSB from March 23 – April 3, 2020.

12 month Unit B clerical employees will be paid from March 16 – April 3, 2020. There is an expectation that members are willing and able to work should the need arise.
Payroll staff – will be provided laptops to work from home. Staff will be required to confirm payroll at the Education Centre on an as needed basis.
Custodial and Maintenance – will continue to work over March Break as usual conducting deep cleaning measures and fulfilling work orders. A full system shut down will be implemented effective March 23 – April 4, 2020 and members will be paid. There is an expectation that members are willing and able to work should the need arise and in the event of an emergency, on-call situation as is normal protocol.
Education Centre and Leathorne Facilities will remain open but with a skeleton staff load from March 16 – April 4, 2020. Staff requirements have yet to be determined by Custodial/Maintenance Supervisors based on need. Information will be provided ASAP.
Information Technology – will work remotely. There is an expectation that members are willing and able to work should the need arise.
Community Use and Childcare Centres operating in TVDSB facilities will be CLOSED & permits CANCELLED immediately until April 5, 2020.

Information provided by TVDSB:

· All permanent staff members will be paid from March 23 – April 4, 2020
· LTO’s and LTA’s will be paid for the remainder of the LTO/LTA assignment. Start and end dates for LTO/LTAs during the system closure will remain in place
· Pre-booked casual staffing (CUPE and teaching) will be paid during this period (March 23 – April 4,2020)
· Occasional Teachers and Occasional Support staff will not be paid during the closure if not prearranged. If you have an assignment that has not reached LTO or LTA status, the closure period will not impact your days towards reaching LTO/LTA status
· Staff members on an approved medical leave will continue to have deductions from illness/short-term disability days and follow the regular reporting and documentation processes for abilities and wellness.
· Staff members on approved WSIB the Board will continue to provide a continuance of wages.
· Staff members on approved maternity, parental or adoption (or other statutory leaves), will continue on these leaves and no amendments will be made to the dates. For those leaves entitled to Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB), records of employment will continue to be electronically processed to Service. Canada. Please continue to submit your documentation for any statutory leave through Laserfiche leave requests in the employee portal as per normal process.

· Upon requests to HR, other unpaid and paid employee leaves will be cancelled during the system closure period. There will be no deduction from absence accounts.


Please be aware: The CUPE 4222 Office will be CLOSED as of 4 pm Friday March 13, 2020. Executive members can be reached via cell phone and email. All contact information can be found at www.cupe4222.ca under the “Contact Us” tab. Telephone messages and emails will be answered remotely. If you have Unit specific questions please contact your Unit Vice President for clarification.

A message from the President: Re – School Closure Announcement


Please see below a debriefing provided by OSBCU following a Town Hall call discussing the recent announcement by the Ford Government to close schools for 2 weeks due to the Coronavirus 19 pandemic. As you can see, it appears the messages are vastly different from the initial announcement released earlier today causing for increased frustrations.

While this news is disheartening, we strongly believe our members are being unjustly treated but we must await clarification from TVDSB as to the impact of the closure across the Valley. OSBCU is working diligently to devise a plan to support members and local leadership to ensure our interests are not ignored.

We remain optimistic that the TVDSB will recognize the importance of safety measures for ALL staff members, not just a select few. We anticipate an announcement from the employer by tomorrow afternoon providing further direction on the impact to CUPE 4222 members.

We understand there are many questions, lots of speculation and rumours but we appreciate your patience as we work through this, its been an unexpected whirlwind of activity for many this evening. As updates are provided to us they will be shared via personal email, website and our Facebook page.

In Solidarity,
Victoria Toulouse
CUPE 4222 President

What we know? (as provided by OSBCU President, Laura Walton)
  • Classes are cancelled
  • Permanent employees and those in Long Term Occasional positions will be paid, it is unclear if casual workers will receive pay
  • Childcare programs and day cares are not covered by this announcement – it will be up to individual boards to determine whether day care, extended day and childcare programs will continue to run.  This may result in our custodial/caretaker staff being required to clean these spaces
  • Education Centres, Administration Buildings may remain open – again this is a local school board decision – the Ministry has asked that there be communications be available for the parents and public.  This may result in our clerical staff being required to report to work or being asked to work in an alternative location.
  • Permits and Community Use of Schools may be continuing – again this is another local school board decision and may impact our members.
  • Closures extend to adult learning, ESL and ISL programs – it is our understanding that permanent members from these programs will also be paid.

Columbia Warehouse Invitation


We are pleased to announce that Columbia Warehouse has extended another invitation to CUPE 4222 members beginning February 28 – March 22, 2020.
CLICK HERE for the Invitation

Members are welcome to bring up to 4 family members/friends to shop per visit. To gain access to the store please take the following with you:

1. Invitation letter – either printed or shown on a digital device
2. CUPE 4222 membership card OR your TVDSB paystub (found in employee portal)
3. A piece of personal photo ID

Members may access the Warehouse multiple times during the invitation period.
Additional printed copies are available in the office.

Social Committee Event – Top of the Fair


Once again, the Social Committee has been busy planning another great adult event for the membership. We hope you’ll join us!
When: Friday February 14, 2020 @ 6pm
Where: Western Fair District
Cost: $10/Members
$20/Retirees  $30/Guest
Please CLICK HERE for the flyer!
Funds can be sent through the mailbag, or e-transfer to: financialcupe4222@gmail.com
using password: topoffair
Registration closes January 31, 2020 @ 4pm
This is a first come, first serve event – first 50 registrants only!

Awards of Distinction 2020


The Award of Distinction is an annual recognition given by the Thames Valley District School Board to students, staff, volunteers and all individuals who have made significant contributions at a system or school level.
Nominations are now being accepted
CLICK HERE to view Awards of Distinction Criteria
CLICK HERE for Individual nomination package
CLICK HERE for Group nomination package (2 or more participants)
Completed nomination packages must be submitted by Monday February 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.to the Award of Distinction Selection Committee c/o Sherry Tines, Trustees Office.
  • Packages can be sent by board courier or dropped off at the board office
  • Emailed to s.hines@tvdsb.ca
  • Faxed to 519.452.2396
Completed nomination packages consist of 3 parts
  • Completed nomination form must be signed by the nominator
  • A nomination letter that describes why you are making the nomination and how the nominee meets the selection criteria (based on the Boards Mission, Vision and Commitments)
  • Supporting material – you may submit up to 10 pages (front and back) of supporting materials

Additionally, letters of Support can be submitted from colleagues, students, community representatives.

Congratulations again to the CUPE 4222 members acknowledged for this award in 2019

December General Membership Meeting


Please CLICK HERE to view the REVISED Notice of General Membership Meeting scheduled for Saturday December 14, 2019 beginning at 9:30 am, held at our office. As this is our last meeting prior to the holiday break, goodies and coffee will be served beginning at 9:00 am.


Proposed changes to the CUPE 4222 By-Laws will be presented including electronic/online voting. We cannot move forward with the business of the local without your participation.


We’re also holding an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest if we get quorum. Bring along a fellow CUPE 4222 member, wear your ugliest seasonal attire for a chance to win a prize. CLICK HERE for further details.


Also accepting Nomination for: Financial Officer


To accept a nomination a member must meet eligibility requirements
(By-Laws Sect. 11, 11.2, b) and be present OR
have a letter of willingness to stand on file with the Secretary



Sign Workshop


Registrations due Friday – Don’t delay! 
Sign Workshop
When: Sunday December 1, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.
Where: CUPE 4222 Office

$25 per member
$40 per non member
Payment can be sent to the CUPE 4222 office or by e-transfer to:
financialcupe4222@gmail.com use password: WORKSHOP
If your name on the e-transfer does not match your name in the TVDSB directory please include your name in the comments section

Registration closes November 22, 2019

Limited spots – First come, first serve

CUPE 4222 – Children’s Christmas Party


Registrations due today – Don’t delay! 
CLICK HERE for the Children’s Christmas Party Flyer:
Saturday December 7, 2019 beginning at 10:30 am at White Oaks Public School. Lunch provided followed by a special visit from Santa and his elves!
$10 per family
Includes: Pizza, beverages, dessert and swimming at South London Community Pool
Deadline for registration: November 20, 2019
Please submit forms AND payment ASAP
Payment can be sent via etransfer to
 financialcupe4222@gmail.com use password: Christmas
(If your name on the e-transfer does not match your name in the TVDSB directory, please include your name in the comments section of e-transfer)
Volunteers welcome to help make this event a great success! Community service hours will be provided to high school students for graduation requirements.