March 15, 2015
OSSTF announces 7 units will be prepared to strike by the end of April: Peel, Durham, Halton, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, K-W! 10,000 teachers will be involved!
OECTA to begin strike rallies April 7, with strike votes being held April 23-24th. Why so late? No way OECTA will be the 1st with an MOU deal this time, watch to see!
March 3-8, 2015
OECTA President James Ryan indicates "clearly and unambiguously" that the affiliate does not support the "regressive" initial contract offer it has received from management [OCSTA/ MOE]. Further meetings are set for March 9, 10 and 11th. Similar responses are expected from the other affiliates. Story @ Star
Initial Proposal details are here @ OECTA and @ OCSTA
ETFO Provincial CB dates are Feb. 5, 6, 23, 24/ March 2, 23, 24. Local bargaining is scheduled for on or about Feb. 23 in various locals.
Feb 8, 2015
Expect a provincial benefits plan to be in the works. The big question then becomes who runs it? The province? The boards? The unions? Interesting OECTA angle: if it's the unions or province then health + benefits are no longer an issue for it's LGBTQ members.
Feb 5, 2015
In lieu of much detail about what's actually on the teacher union provincial bargaining table, 5 months after your contracts have expired, one might be well advised to keep an eye on the terms being rejected in the OPSEU talks: wage freezes, cutbacks, concessions and the like. Teachers too? More @ Read the Tea Leaves?
Jan 25, 2015
OECTA President James Ryan disputes claim internal turmoil over renewal of the General Secretary's contract threatens to divert attention from the ongoing provincial bargaining process @ Sun
Jan 23, 2015
Conciliation on January 9th [see below] resulted in all matters but 2 being agreed upon as being within the scope of provincial bargaining. A ruling on #1] seniority as the basis for all teacher transfers and #2] teaching assignments/ surplus provisions [changes in employment status resulting from fluctuation in student enrolment] is pending from the OLRB Chair.
Continuing provincial negotiations are now scheduled for Feb. 10, 11, 27, 28, March 9, 10 +11th.
Jan 19, 2015
Some further notes: The OLRB case number is 2465-14-M. Briefs were submitted by Dec 19th 2014, followed by the Jan 9th 2015 hearing date below. OSSTF, ETFO + CUPE were to receive the briefing copies on a without-prejudice basis. The briefs address why the parties either propose [OECTA] or oppose [OCSTA] the issues being dealt with at central bargaining.
A teleconference was held on Thursday Jan 15 with the next scheduled hearing on Monday Jan 19th. All info from the conciliation remains confidential to the best of my knowledge.
Jan 9, 2015
OECTA/OCSTA OLRB Hearing: My unofficial report as an observer: The reps and legal council for the Catholic teacher union, school board trustees and government met with Judge Fishbein for submissions on Friday. President James Ryan, 1st Prez Ann Hawkins + 2nd Liz Stuart, the provincial CB team + General Secretary Marshal Jarvis were in attendance for OECTA. On the surface, all was cordial between the key parties involved in the case; much more noticeably than other OLRB hearings I have attended between various groups in the past. Regretfully CUPE was denied a request for intervenor status based upon a Pharmacy Plus case submitted for Fishbein's consideration and had to leave.
The hot button issues under contention are listed below. After meeting privately with the legal councils Fishbein announced that all further proceedings are to remain confidential as an OLRB "conciliation" process based upon "outcomes" begins. Each party left for separate conference rooms to prioritize the issues to be discussed.
Recourse to an OLRB hearing to determine what falls under the scope of "provincial bargaining" in the current round of collective bargaining has been mandated through the provinces new CB act for all three of our Ontario teacher union associations. ETFO has not requested a hearing. It's negotiations remain ongoing. OSSTF's case begins Apr 1 while their talks also continue. However, OECTA's negotiations are on hold until the issues at the OLRB table are resolved. Nor will an OECTA provincial strike vote be held until after the hearing is over. It would seem OECTA won't be first to nail an agreement unlike in 2012. That could be prudent considering the difficult position that put the union in during the 2012 talks.
The hearing will continue this Friday at 9:30 am.
Backgrounder: Info on new CB Act and OECTA Provincial CB team @ Here
Other updates: ETFO talks resume Jan 21+22
Jan 2 2015
OECTA OLRB [Ontario Labour Relations Board] hearing dates are set for 9:30 am January 9 + 19th 2015. They will be held at:
2nd Floor, 505 University Ave, Toronto
The hearings are due to a lack of agreement upon 5 items which OCSTA [Ontario Catholic School Trustee Association], the employer does not want included within the scope of provincial bargaining: These issues are:
OSSTF's first OLRB hearing date won't be before April 1, 2015.
See you there!!!!
Your teacher free speech all affiliate self directed study guides have a plethora of info and links to documents + pretty much everything else you will need to make any sense of what's going on yourself.
Here's the guide from this fall @ Here! [Link fixed!]
Here's the guide from last summer! Remember, we are STILL without a contract. See @ Summer
Remember Bill 122 [the new teacher collective bargaining act]? Here's a study guide @ Bill 122
CB? MOE?? ETFO?!? OECTA?!?! OLRB?!?!? OSSTF?!?!?! My Blogsite Acronym Guide is @ Here!
Further links to follow!