Leaders of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing 55,000 education workers in Ontario schools, ramped up the ongoing work-to-rule campaign on Tuesday morning. The union represents early childhood educators, educational assistants, custodians, clerical workers, librarians and other members of Ontario public and Catholic schools. Each category of workers was given an instruction list of approximately 30 to 35 items specific to their daily duties at school.
Some of the items that the union has told their member not to do
Custodial and maintenance workers were advised not to sweep
entrances and hallways or clean the offices of principals and
Clerical employees were told not to enter staff absences,
complete month-end reports for the Ministry of Education, create or
print newsletters or do school bank deposits.
Educational assistants will not complete any learner
reports, make photocopies, will not do lunch duty, hall duty or yard
Early childhood educators will not complete learner reports,
make photocopies, attend training or do any paperwork.
Library workers will not clear photocopier jams or prepare
materials for any classes.
Anyone employed in the information technology field will not
clear photocopier jams, attend training or do any paperwork and all
requests for work must be submitted in writing.
All instructors will not complete learner reports or submit
My only question is if this is a work to rule and these things are
not in their job description, why not? No doubt that if such
thing that are clearly part of their normal work routine were to be
added to the proposed contract the union would be squealing for even
more money. As with the Elementary Teachers I find it difficult to
believe that the majority of the folks with a relatively secure and
well paid job are so dissatisfied with their job and compensation to
disrupt the normal school activities in this manner. Is the union
dictating to its members, are they being consulted regularly? I dont
know, I just know that those struggling for one reason or another to
make ends meet, working part time or at minimum wage or desperately
looking for ANY work are sick and tired of hearing this kind of crap
from the unions, particularly 'public service' unions.
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