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Saturday, 21 July 2012

OECTA PDT July 21 Update

It seems everyone has slowed down a bit as we settle into summer holidays after the initial PDT excitement of July 5th. For better or worse OECTA has a done deal. ETFO has a PDT meeting scheduled for early August, last I heard.

The OECTA PDT roadshow visits Dufferin Peel Catholic August 23, OECTA TSU first week back at school. General Secretary Marshall Jarvis and President Kevin Dwyer will be visiting the locals for town hall meetings. It will be interesting to see the member response as everyone gets back to school business after a two month break. We know there won't be any OECTA job actions possible this fall. Our local TSU bargaining team is currently meeting to get a fix on what the deal will mean for our members, and to solicit our input.

Less certain is what lies ahead for ETFO and OSSTF. On August 31 everybodies contract expires. My best guess is that OSSTF will have an agreement in place, but ETFO probably won't. That's just my guess but check back then and see if I was right.

Apparently AEFO met back at the table but I haven't heard anything yet.

True OSSTF walked from their last meeting at the PDT table but I wonder if they will really want the headache of negotiating board by board come this fall if no provincial deal is in place. ETFO is in an especially hard position because they are 2 percent behind the rest of us on the salary grid due to past wrangling with the Ministry. I wish them well but can't see the Ministry being any softer with it's deadlines this round.

Meanwhile, here I sit at Pearson Airport waiting for our flight to Cancun. We have family to house sit and everything in order to finally get away for a bit. I will post my travel-blogs. We plan to spend a lot of time on the beach and I am very eager to get diving and snorkeling again. I brought my underwater camera so I should also have a good slide show to post. Watch for new travel photos most everyday. Today there are some from the airport, and a few from up in the air. We also plan to revisit the Maya ruins, and so on.

So please stay tuned for my latest news and travel blogs. The offer remains open if you'd like to submit a guest posting.

Next blog will be from Mexico!

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