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Saturday, 7 July 2012

OECTA PDT: Some Reading!

Please note: additional links added....

My updated review of the Joint OSSTF, ETFO, AEFO and CUPE news' conference follows today's post. The following links provide an excellent appendice, as a follow up to what I saw and heard.

Here is the OSSTF Press release:

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/osstf-feeso-defends-right-to-bargain-for-its-members-1677305.htm

Here is ETFO's Press release:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1004449/catholic-teachers-deal-jeopardizes-ontario-s-education-system-young-teachers

OECTA Provincial's various press releases can be accessed at: http://www.oecta.on.ca

Here is a good summary on CUPE's overall position on PDT, a petition too:

http://www.change.org/petitions/dalton-mcguinty-stop-attacking-teachers-for-a-recession-and-deficit-they-didn-t-cause

Text the Ontario Liberal Party at 70734 for instant updates

Here is the MOU [Memo of Understanding] for our OECTA PDT deal. OSSTF and ETFO has shared it with their members, the Globe and with with readers across the province. It's hardly a Confidential Document anymore:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/incoming/read-the-agreement-between-ontario-and-the-catholic-teachers/article4393004/

For bargaining and other news join the TSU News List:

http://tsuoecta.org/newsletter/lists/?p=subscribe&id=2

Read today's Toronto Star Reports on the Joint Press Conference at:

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1222365--dwight-duncan-urges-other-unions-to-follow-catholics-teachers-lead

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1222853--mallick-ontario-teachers-unions-need-to-compromise-on-wages-sick-days-bank

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1223176--cohn-how-dalton-days-produced-a-miracle-for-catholic-teachers

Know thy enemy! There's the National Post if you are interested:

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/06/scott-stinson-you-know-that-imminent-deal-with-ontario-teachers-union-yeah-maybe-not-so-much/

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/05/scott-stinson-ontario-throws-down-the-gauntlet-and-more-at-its-teachers-unions/

And of course to read Tim Hudac's "Flexible Labour Markets" White Paper about what he'd do with all us union types if elected go to:

http://www.ontariopc.com/

You can poke about the NDP site but I don't see anything about the recent PDT developments, or for that matter teacher unions.Perhaps I've missed something. Check it out yourself:

http://ontariondp.com/en/

By the way, our trustees association, [OCSTA] walked from the table before the PDT deal was signed, and apparently got "blindsided". There is some speculation they left over management rights, in particular the fair hiring practices language, but I am still not perfectly clear on this. Anyway, see the Globe + Mail article at:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-cut-school-boards-out-to-reach-deal-with-catholic-teachers/article4392116/

Info on the OECTA PDT deal is readily available from a wide variety of sources, the newspapers, media, even the other affiliates. I myself have received little from OECTA. There is a member's section on the OECTA website, but nobody I've been in contact with can remember their password or login. You are supposed to phone OECTA Provincial to reset it. The secrecy seems rather ridiculous and counterproductive, at least to me, under the circumstances. A special tip of the hat to Wendy Hirschegger from OSSTF for her daily email list of news and press links. We definitely need a service like this too!!!!!!

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