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December 17 2014
OECTA OLRB hearing dates are set for January 9 + 19th 2015. The hearings are due to a lack of agreement upon whether these items are to be bargained provincially:
Board attendance management programs
health and safety
Seniority as basis for transfers
IEP workload and teaching conditions
Stay tuned! I will confirm the time and location.
OCT 31 2014
OCT 07 2014
The Ontario government and teacher unions seem to be playing the current round of teacher contract negotiations pretty close to their chest. Each of our affiliates have a "members only" access area on their provincial website for contact updates. How insightful a lot of these often are is something else again. Suffice to say the OLP has let it be known they don't want to negotiate in public this time, so I suppose that will be as good as any reason for all parties to say as little as possible. From a teacher free speech point of view this most definitely warrants cause for vigilance at the grassroots level. We have been broadsided before.
Apparently the contract talks might have hit a snag, depending upon whom you talk to. OSSTF has asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to clarify what issues should be on the provincial bargaining table. ETFO has expressed concern at the move. OSSTF claims its just following the new process under Bill 122 and there is no cause for concern. They continue to hold local strike votes which they also seem to be claiming are just part and parcel of the bargaining process @ Snag?
Is there a provincial government and Catholic trustees split? From the local affiliate newsletters: OECTA and the OCSTA met with the government Sept 5 and 16 to began discussing the ground rules for this round of provincial bargaining. OCSTA and the Crown now comprise a joint employer bargaining team with a common front under the terms of Bill 122. The OCSTA chief spokesperson clearly stated that they didn't agree with OECTA or the Crown that the current collective agreements would form the basis for this round of bargaining. This includes the terms and conditions of the 2008-2012 OECTA collective agreements as modified by the July 5 2012 MOU [Memorandum of Understanding], its attendant updates, regulations, and any locally agreed-upon terms.
Although the existing contract expired Aug 31, under Bill 122 and the Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA), collective agreements will continue until amendments, if any, are achieved through the bargaining process.The OECTA bargaining process will be finalized with it's members having the right to vote on their collective agreement this time around. OECTA met with the MOE on Sept 22 and provincial negotiations again on Sept 23 + 24.