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Parents: seek flexibility, should you need it

Publish date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 update

Image of child doing virtual schooling with a teacher on her laptop screen

The Premier announced on Monday that schools across the province will not re-open for in-person learning following this week’s (rescheduled) break. 

“I recognize the additional stress that home-based virtual learning can put on our members with learners,” AMAPCEO President Dave Bulmer said. “It’s one more thing to balance alongside their busy day jobs.” 

For the most part, managers—with every employer—have been flexible, empathetic, and cooperative in helping AMAPCEO members better balance their work and life responsibilities, and especially when schools have been closed. 

“Employers have been understanding, and we thank them for that,” Bulmer said. “But I want our members to know that their union is also here for them should they need to seek a formal arrangement to better balance their work and home obligations.” 

The process begins with a conversation between you and your manager. If you and your manager cannot agree on a more flexible arrangement, or you require more flexibility than your employer can offer, it may be necessary seek a more formal accommodation. An AMAPCEO Workplace Representative can help with that, should you need it. Members can learn more on the AMAPCEO COVID-19 FAQ. 

“This has been an incredibly difficult year, fraught with incredible upheaval and last-minute changes to our everyday lives,” Bulmer said. “I thank our members working both in and out of the workplace for their continued professionalism and dedication to public service, as well as our union activists for continuing to help fellow members.” 

“Together, we’ll see it through.” 

Learn more on our COVID-19 FAQs » 

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Ontario Health (Quality Unit); Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).