We are the backbone of the education system and include education assistants, school library workers, administrative assistants, custodians and tradespeople, early childhood educators, instructors, nutrition service workers, school safety monitors and social workers, in schools and board offices.
OSBCC allows education workers from across the province to share information and strategies for bargaining, and to discuss issues and policies of concern. We help locals fight contracting out and defend public education in the face of budget cuts.
What We Do
Fighting school closures
Across the province, communities face pressure from the provincial government to close schools, despite mounting evidence that to do so is a mistake. It’s time to put the brakes on school closures
Campaigns and Events
Beyond making schools work, CUPE members are proud to support the communities in which we live and work. Visit this page for some examples of how our members are giving back to their communities.
Socks for London Men’s Mission
“It’s just one way we give back to our community,” said CUPE 7575 President Heather Skolly. “In April we’ll also be purchasing, preparing, cooking, serving and cleaning up after meals for a soup kitchen in Woodstock. We’re really excited about that.”
Warm hands, warm hearts
They placed boxes at city recreation centres, the North Hamilton Community Health Centre, the 541 Eatery and Exchange, and Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club locations – all places that provide support to vulnerable residents. The locals routinely visit the boxes to top them up with donated hats and mitts.
Feedback has been universally positive from people making use of the boxes, as well as from local businesses, and the volunteers and patrons who access programs and frequent the 541 Eatery for meals.
No worker should face violence in their workplace. There are steps for schools, boards and the ministry to take that will reduce the danger faced by our members.
Nearly two-thirds of educational assistants consider student violence against workers to be a problem in their workplaces.
Fifty-eight percent of EAs were injured by a student during an 18-month survey period. Almost half required hospitalization or other medical attention beyond workplace first-aid.
Even after an EA is injured, many schools failed to conduct a review of the student’s safety plan, and even when they did, one in ten didn’t involve the EA who was the victim.
One-fifth of school boards still do not make Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCVI) training available for EAs, and nearly two-thirds don’t provide personal protective equipment. Where protective equipment is provided, more than half of EAs feel that the equipment provided is not adequate.
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