OSSTF has reached a tentative deal after a marathon 24 hour return to the bargaining table session. The contract terms remain under wrap until the local leaders meet later this week, with a member ratification process expected to extend into mid September. OECTA is currently also at the negotiating table, with ETFO scheduled to return September 1st. OSSTF's Facebook media release is @ OSSTF
Here are the initial news reports from:
MOE Sandals and OSSTF President Elliott are quoted @ CBC
Premier Wynne reacts @ 680
OPSBA Chair Michael Barrett considers the deal a "good step forward" but claims there is still "a lot of road to travel" @ Globe
CTV breaking news video begins the day with the story and an overview of where the other Ontario teacher unions are at @ CTV
More general overviews @ Star @ MacLeans @ National Post @ CP
OSSTF President Elliot is expected to have more to say during his "state of the union address" from the Westin Hotel in Ottawa later today @ Ottawa Citizen
Sam Hammond announces ETFO's fall WTR strategy via "live stream" [Site] with a frustrating delay verses the "live CP24 broadcast" on TV. A live stream twitter feed on the ETFO site helped facilitate the process. It seems our official union communications department are still struggling with the timely, effective use of social media, IMHO a setback from Liza M's excellent coverage during 2012-13.
Sam stuck to a hard line despite OSSTF stealing his thunder with the announcement of the tentative deal earlier in the day. Like OSSTF Paul Elliott, he stressed the difficulty of working with the OPSBA management mindset and the ETFO's frustration with the MOE stalling tactics. A copy of ETFO WTR Phase 2 was posted immediately online [but not by me!], and can be seen for info and discussion purposes on my blog below. Phase 1 and Phase 1 Update also remain in effect. See links on my blog.
Paul Elliott's address stresses difficult process with lots of roadblocks thrown in the teacher unions' way. The OPSBA management mindset remains. Local contracts still have to be settled. Special emphasis is given to the support workers. Much of the speech then focused on fighting Harper in the federal election. It was covered by OSSTF Communications with live tweets, a good early start at officially using the social media, but limited and guarded at best @ Elliott Live video coverage @ Here!
Deal apparently includes a small raise and removal of class caps taken off table @ Star
OPSBA initial proposal @ OPSBA
Much more Teacher Summer 2015 News + Views Links @ Here!
Teacher Free Speech 2015 Summer Contract Guide @ There!