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Saturday, 7 March 2015
Teacher Contracts: OCSTA Initial Proposal!
OCSTA and the Crown:
March 4 2015: Noel LaPlante [Bargaining Contract Services]
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Eliminate all existing superior provisions from local agreements and replace with central terms. (This provision will negatively impact every collective agreement in the province)
Term, Notice and Renewal • 3 years – September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2017
Salary, Wages, Direct Compensation and Benefits • Salary freeze for 3 years • Grid movement delayed until 97th day for each year in the term of the agreement
Hiring Practice — REGULATION 274 (any superior local provisions deleted) • Delete Fair Hiring provisions and practices from all local agreements • The government has indicated that it is prepared to revoke Regulation 274
Diagnostic Assessment - rescind PPM 155 – teacher determined diagnostic assessment • Boards shall determine the type and frequency of formal diagnostic assessment tools to be used by Teachers • Boards will establish a board-wide mechanism for Teachers to record the diagnostic assessment data to inform the Board and School Improvement Plans and the results will be shared with teachers to inform their teaching practice
Return to the Bargaining Unit • The Board can place a Principal or a Vice-Principal into a vacant teaching position within the bargaining unit • He/she returns with full seniority equivalent to all years of service with the Board while he/she was a Union member • In the event there is no vacancy available, the returning P/VP can be placed into an LTO assignment
Preparation, Planning and Professional Time (PPP) – Elementary Teachers (any superior provisions deleted) • 240 minutes per 5 instructional days (PA Days not considered instructional days for allocating and scheduling PPP time) • Preparation time can be directed by the principal • Missed PPP time cannot be ‘banked’ except where a teacher is required by the principal to provide instruction during his/ her scheduled PPP time (rescheduled within 3 months or by the end of the school year) • PPP to be allocated in minimum 20 minute blocks
Preparation, Planning and Professional Time (PPP) – Occasional Teachers (any superior provisions deleted) • On the first day of a daily occasional assignment, the OT may be re-assigned by the principal during any scheduled preparation, planning and professional time • PPP time begins for OTs on the 2nd consecutive day of an assignment
System Principals – Letter of Understanding • Boards can create or maintain Principal and Vice Principal system leadership positions; these positions do not require an assigned school • No member of the bargaining unit will be declared surplus or redundant as a direct result of these positions • The government has indicated that it will introduce legislation to allow school boards to create system leadership positions (as above) by not requiring a principal to be assigned to a school
Pregnancy Leave SEB Plan (full-time or part-time Teachers or LTOs) • 100% of salary paid for 8 weeks with no deduction from Sick Leave or STLDP (any superior provisions deleted)
Paid Leaves of Absence - Permanent and LTO Teachers only (any superior provisions deleted)
Bereavement Leave (with pay): up to 5 days immediately following the death of a “spouse”, parent or child; up to 3 days immediately following the death of a sibling, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-inlaw, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent or grandchild; 1 day to attend the funeral of an aunt, uncle or grandparent-in-law
All Other Leaves (with pay) at the sole discretion of the Director/designate for up to 5 days per school year with proof. No carryover. For part-time Teachers - up to 2 days per school year without carryover; for LTOs in assignments longer than 6 months - up to 1 day per school year without carryover • Attending to matters directly related to the birth or adoption of a Teacher’s child (max. 2 days) • Writing an examination scheduled during the work day (max. 1 day/exam) • Attending an IPRC meeting for a Teacher’s child (max. 1 day/meeting/review) • Attending to emergency circumstances
Any additional leaves are unpaid and at the discretion of the Director or designate
Sick Leave, Short Term Leave and Disability (STLDP) – Permanent Teachers (any superior provisions deleted) • Sick Leave days used only for personal illness, personal injury and personal specialist appointments • Full time Teachers allocated 11 Sick Leave days at 100% salary in September (pro-rated based on start date and FTE status) • Full time Teachers allocated 120 STLDP days at 85% (down from 90%) salary in September (pro-rated based on start date and FTE status) • The school board determines eligibility for access to Sick Leave and STLDP • When a Teacher is accessing Sick Leave or STLDP from 1 school year to the next for the same reason the Teacher can only access the previous year’s allocation. No new allocation of Sick Leave or STLDP until the Teacher has completed 20 consecutive working days at regular duties and regular FTE. If there is a recurrence (even in the next school year) the Teacher is required to start or re-open an LTD or WSIB claim • If a Teacher has accessed 131 Sick Leave and STLDP days in 1 school year no new allocation of Sick Leave or STLDP will be provided in the subsequent year until the Teacher has worked 20 consecutive days at regular duties and regular FTE
Sick Leave, Short Term Leave and Disability (STLDP) – Permanent Teachers (Continued) • Teachers, on a graduated return to work may use any Sick Leave or STLDP allocations remaining to ‘top-up’ their work day • Teachers who have reached maximum medical recovery at less than full-time shall have their FTE reduced proportionally • Medical confirmation may be required as determined by the Board and on a form prescribed by the Board • The Board may require an independent medical examination by a qualified medical practitioner of the Board’s choice • Failure to provide medical confirmation or failure to cooperate with the Board may result in loss of pay
Long Term Disability (LTD) (any superior provisions deleted) • All teachers shall pay for LTD (includes current Board paid LTD – London District, Dufferin-Peel and HuronSuperior) • No changes to the Teacher paid LTD Plan without board and Ministry approval • Teachers who are absent from work for 30 consecutive work days are required to apply for LTD (premium increase)
Sick Leave/Short Term Disability Plan – Occasional Teachers (any superior provisions deleted) • LTOs shall be allocated 11 Sick Leave days at 100% of salary (pro-rated for FTE and length of assignment) at the start of a full year assignment • Sick Leave days may be used for personal illness and injury and personal specialist appointments only • LTOs completing a full-time, full year assignment shall be allocated 60 STLDP days at 85% of salary at the start of the assignment (pro-rated) • Sick Leave and STLDP days may only be accessed by LTOs in the year in which the allocation was provided but the days may be carried over from one LTO assignment to another in the same school year • LTOs on a graduated return to work, may use any Sick Leave or STLDP allocations remaining to ‘top-up’ their salary • LTOs who have reached maximum medical recovery at less than full-time shall have their FTE reduced proportionally • Medical confirmation may be required as determined by the Board and on a form prescribed by the Board • The Board may require an independent medical examination by a qualified medical practitioner of the Board’s choice • Failure to provide medical confirmation or failure to cooperate with the Board may result in claw-back or loss of pay
WSIB Top-Up (any superior provisions deleted) • A Teacher on a WSIB approved absence from work due to a work related accident shall receive the equivalent of 85% of gross salary for up to 12 months from the date of injury/ illness (no Sick Leave top-up allowed) • A Teacher entitled to benefits from the WSIB is not entitled to benefits under a school board's Sick Leave and STLDP • A Teacher/LTO receiving WSIB or LTD benefits is not entitled to access Sick Leave/ STLDP for the same condition
Full-Day Kindergarten • The government has indicated that it intends to change the Regulations such that ECEs do not always have to be in the classroom at the same time as the Teacher
Dual Credit/E-Learning/Experiential Learning • Delete all current collective agreement language, local practices, and understandings • The government has indicated that it will be addressing these items through an unspecified mechanism to be introduced at some time in the future
Structure of Collective Agreement • The collective agreement shall consist of: Part “A”- central terms and Part “B” – local terms
Central Grievance Process • Establish a Central Dispute Resolution Committee made up of 3 representatives of the union, 3 employer representatives and up to 3 Crown representatives. The Crown maintains the right to veto any settlement between the OCSTA and OECTA.
Posted by David Chiarelli at 14:51