Notice: 2nd reading of the bill was postponed until the house sits again on March 19th. Tory filibustering has resulted in the delay. I went to observe at Queen's Park on the 19th. My report is @ Here! Keep checking for updates + more info links below.
LATEST NEWS: BILL 122 IS PASSED INTO LAW!
You can find links for the Ontario Ministry of Education Education Labour documents 2012-2013 @ Here
Here's the final version of Bill 122 as passed into law on April 9th 2014 @ Download
Here's the original version of the Bill for comparison purposes @ Download
He's the MOE media release @ Ministry of Education
The OSSTF media release quotes Provincial President Paul Elliot @ Public Secondary Teachers
ETFO President Sam Hammond toots the Bill 122 horn @ Public Elementary Teachers
OECTA President James Ryan happy with Bill @ Catholic Teachers Union
James Ryan explains changes in the Bill, including new checks + balances on the Catholic trustees in the negotiation process @ More
Here's the OPSBA media release @ Public boards
In a nutshell, and I don't use the term lightly, Bill 122 will establish the new framework and procedures for our provincial teacher contract talks, which caused so many problems last year because they were so confusing and undefined. Once it is in place, the next contract talks can begin. One is reminded that our current contracts expire August 31 of this year. We are all ready on a tight time line indeed!
Originally, most of the links below were included late in February on my News + Views Link blog. They are being reposted here on a new dedicated blog for easier accessibility and future reference. I will add relevant news + document links here as they become available over the next while.
OSSTF's committee presentation on Bill 122 is @ Download
ETFO's submission is available @ Download
OECTA submission is @ Download
Ontario Council of Principals' submission is @ Download
OCSTA [Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association] submission is @ Download
PC's prevent Standing Committee's clause by clause review of Bill 122 during March Break by refusing to attend. During the March 5 meeting they filibustered. The committee will have to resume it's work on March 19th. More @ ETFO Link
A summary of OSSTF + ETFO submissions on Bill 122 today. The concerns? Centralized decision making in the hands of a strengthened Education Minister with little local autonomy between units + boards @ Globe + Mail
PC education critic sends letter to Education Minister Sandals: Price of support? Include extracurricular activities in Bill 122. See letter @ PC Letter
The Education Reporter blog lists 3 main concerns with the Bill that resonate throughout the submissions, and considers the political implications if a spring provincial election is called before it passes into law @ 3 Key Points