Opening Statement



Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Our Initial Contract Proposal

Our TSU membership has approved an initial contract proposal. The low turn out was disappointing at last night's general membership meeting. Why, you might ask, would we make an initial offer, when the Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) has not yet settled on our contract terms and numbers yet? Since we have made an initial proposal we have now commenced the collective bargaining process with our school board. As such we can begin to negotiate asap when we know what will be available and what will not.

Our meeting of course was "in camera" so I haven't any photos and so on to share.You really had to be there! TSU will be providing the official details with you soon.Make sure you read them!Collective Bargaining (CB)is all about our work conditions and pay.The school board does not naturally give these to us out of the goodness of its heart. They have many different priorities they need to consider. You are represented in the decision making process by your teachers union.

It is a very busy time of year. Still, as TSU members we need to be aware of and keep up to speed with our contract talks. It will be too late afterwards to gnash ones teeth or blame your teachers union if we end up with a contract you don't like and you did not get involved.

Last nights meeting then presented our member priorities for the new contract for once the talks get going in earnest. Your CB committee has surveyed our members and from that written up the proposal presented last night. The members present got to question the proposals and could make motions for changes or additions. Please pay attention to any TSU emails or other information on the CB process as it unfolds in the months ahead. Don't let yourself be left out of the loop!

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