Important Custodial Update


To all our Custodial Members

After many conversations with management today we had to agree to disagree. The Board is our employer and although we don’t agree with the way this is playing out the following is what we know:

Staff will attend work as directed by their OPs leaders.
Prior to attending work you must complete the covid-19 assessment at

You will not be doing summer cleanup but are there to support the student online learning process only.
You will not be assisting teachers – they are to collect their belongings and carry everything out themselves.
In  supporting the online learning process, you will need to clean touch points and conducts deep clean of areas that are being accessed as well as other necessary work to ensure the safety of yourselves and others.
The Board is unsure how long it will take to get all the technology ready for staff and students. You will not be handing out any devices. Your only job for this is to clean, bag and tag the devices.
There will be days and afternoon shifts only (midnights will come down to afternoons).
Please let us know by email if you have any concerns with staff.
Victoria Toulouse:
Joanne Dowswell:
We apologize we could not do more right now but there are still a few avenues we are looking into.

CUPE 4222 Graduation Award – revision


Due to these unprecedented times, school/workplace closures and self isolating the Graduation Award committee has developed a plan we hope will allow us to continue with this annual tradition.
The award MUST be prepared by the student graduating from high school in the 2019-2020 school year and address the topic ‘The importance of unions in society’ and submitted no later than April 30, 2000.
Online submissions can be made via email to:
OR dropped off to:
Joanne Dowswell – 11 Naama Street, St. Thomas ON
Melissa Bakker – 101 Coldstream Crescent, London ON
Jade Ewart – 489 Belvedere Avenue, London ON
The Credit Counselling Summary &/or a Student Status Sheet submission will be waived for the current time. When school Guidance offices re-open we will require them for review. Subsequently final year end transcripts will be required once issued by the schools to confirm successful completion of OSSD requirements prior to award monies being distributed to successful candidates.
The process for presentation of the award certificate and monies will be determined at a later time depending on the COVID-19 situation. We anticipate public gatherings may still be limited into the Fall impacting our ability to present the award at Graduation/Commencement ceremonies.
CLICK HERE to review Criteria for Graduation Award
CLICK HERE for Graduation Award Application Form

OSBCU: Update following the news in Alberta


Posted on behalf of OSBCU President, Laura Walton

Please CLICK HERE to view the most recent update in regards to the work that the OSBCU is doing on behalf of all CUPE Education Workers in the province of Ontario.  We wanted to provide guidance and reassurance given the recent news coming from Alberta.

Continued School Closure Information



Information provided by TVDSB:

· All permanent staff members will be paid
· Continue to honour LTO, LTA, CEI and CET assignments that are in effect as of today (March 26, 2020). Any LTA/LTO that was to commence after April 5 will be cancelled. All permanent staff members will be paid provided that they are available to work.
· 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.

Unit A Casual Staff: will continue to be paid as they are regularly scheduled, those who aren’t will be notified by TVDSB Management.
Unit B & Unit D: If you are in an LTA, you will be paid for as long as it is in the system. If the system end date isn’t correct please contact the school admin.
An ‘Urgent News’ communication was distributed from TVDSB today (March 26), please ensure you are checking your board emails for updates regularly.
EFAP will be made available to all impacted staff members through Homewood Health. Their resources can be reviewed at or they can be contacted directly at 1 866 398 9505.

Please be aware: The CUPE 4222 Office is 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 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.

OSBCU – Income Support Information


Be advised, we recognize this may result in more questions however we are committed to provide you the most up to date information as it is provided to us from OSBCU via personal email, facebook and on our webpage.
Unfortunately we still do not have all the answers and awaiting further direction. This is a very unsettling time for everyone but please be patient. 
Sent on behalf of OSBCU President, Laura Walton
Officials from the Ministry of Education have given us as much assurance as possible that CUPE education workers will continue to be paid throughout the school closures. However, CUPE has provided the attached documents and the link and they may be helpful to members who are temporary and casual workers. They may also be relevant to friends and family members who have experienced layoffs.
CLICK HERE to view CUPE background information Re: Federal income support announcements.

OTIP Retirement Seminar – Cancelled


Please be advised to OTIP Retirement Seminar scheduled for CUPE 4222 members on Thursday April 23, 2020 has been CANCELLED. Alternate options are being explored such as session webinars and once arrangements have been made, registered participants will be notified of their options. We will look to have this event rescheduled for a later date.