Opening Statement



Friday, 18 May 2012

2011-2012 Grievance Numbers?


President Jansen advises us that the "TSU Notes" on grievance procedures and numbers for the 2011-2012 school year are available at:

http://tsuoecta.org/tsugrievance.php

The current number of "live grievance files" is 104 as of April 1st. 40 new grievances were filed this year. 120 complaints were resolved locally without having to file grievances. 9 grievances are at step 1 and 7 are at step 2. 2 were withdrawn. 12 are in arbitration. 10 have been resolved or are pending sign off in a letter of understanding.

The report explains the process, steps, time lines and difficulties in detail, which can be quite illuminating in light of our recent election debates. It would seem there is no easy fix for getting the grievances all quickly and easily resolved, despite our executive release officers' efforts. Indeed, the report claims our number of live grievance files is similar to other comparable GTA [Greater Toronto Area] units.

It is interesting to note that the 7 main issues for grievances for our secondary level teachers at the TCDSB [Toronto Catholic District School Board] have been:

1] Staffing and LLSAC
2] Discipline/ Representation
3] Accommodations/ WSIB [Workmen's Compensation]
4] Postings/ Positions
5] Health and Safety
6] Harassment/ Safety
7] Workload/ Initiatives

Most of the grievances are from 6 to 7 of our schools. The report critiques the TCDSB Decision Making Matrix and proposes a better process model. TSU office capacity demands and our staffing model are also examined in detail.

Any candidates who wish to critique and contest these figures and the report may forward a posting for my blog. That is only fair! Otherwise I would have to say this report would seem to pretty much provide the  answers to the discrepancies in numbers argued during the 2012 election campaign and Wednesday night's debate. Take time to read it over carefully if in doubt.

More of my UAGM and executive election news and updates are posted below. Further reports will follow on a regular basis through the election on May 24th.

I hope this helps!


Presidential candidates Ian Hedley and Rene Jansen during this year's election speeches and Q+A.

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