How much better is this deal Ken?
The OSSTF Presidents approved a tentative agreement today by a 96.45% vote. It will now go to the membership for voting online between April 12 to the 18th, with results possibly be announced later that day. President Coran did not expect as high an approval rating from the members and noted it has been a hard time for everybody.
It was a nice sunny spring day. The long winter of discontent now seemingly drawn to a close. The media conference wasn't packed. Ken smiled and said his piece. Answered a few questions. It was over pretty quick with an unsettling sense of finality about it all. At least that's what I felt.
Ken explained there had been an additional 8 long days of bargaining, sometimes from between 15-20 hours a day. The process was respectful and a big change.
What are the big announcments? There are provisions for local bargaining. For example, unpaid days could be reduced to one or two so there isn't a pay cut and the students don't miss out on the benefits of our teacher PD. Apparently there are ways of restructuring PD so that those days can be reclaimed without financial cost to the government. Other no cost trade offs can be made between now and June 28th, but it was unclear which or what extent to me.
There will be new committees set up. One will monitor and resolve any disputes in implementing the new agreement. Another will look into setting up a teacher run health and benefits plan that OSSTF will now pioneer to provide more flexibility and cost savings for the members. Ken suggested the other affiliates could later be included in the process as well.
The new sick day plan seems at first brush to be the same as ETFO announced yesterday (see my blog). OECTA will now be alone with the MOU 3rd party adjudicator process. Watch for the Catholic school boards to go squirrely over that!
I'm looking at the sick day pay back formula. It's all pretzel logic to me and I don't see any clear numbers in the handout we've been given. You will recall the 25% figure was being bantered about by the MOE last weekend.The formula however refers to X/30 X Y/200 X Z/4.
Regulation 274; the OECTA MOU fair hiring clause can also be changed. Another committee will be struck to see how that can be done in a way that is agreeable to all the parties. Again, watch for the Catholic school boards to scream bloody murder.
There are improvements to maternity benefits that will be more sensitive to meet the women members needs.
There are job security clauses for the support workers and non teaching staff. Also a Voluntary Leave of Absence Plan, plus it looks like some sort of benefit for using less than 6 sick days in 2013/14. [?!]
No future grid changes will be implemented without consultation.
What to say? MOU redux? You know I'm a hardliner. I certainly wouldn't be dancing on my desk if I were an OSSTF member. It would seem they've just rejigged the concession bargaining terms in a perhaps more friendly way. Pasted a smiley face on it? However, you will be the ones to decide. How will you vote: Yes or no?
In the news! Can the media soon put this baby to bed???
Full video coverage of Ken Corans media conference @ Media speech +questions
Here's the OSSTF media release @ "Overwhelming"
Here's MOE Liz Sandal's media release @ pleased
The Toronto Star reports@ Toronto Star
The Globe + Mail reports @ Globe
CP24 reports @ CP24
Sudbury teachers get ready to vote starting on the 12th. The 25% sick day number is confimed here, otherwise not many more specific details than have all ready been made public. See: Sudbury