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Friday, 23 October 2015

OLP Teacher Union Showdown!

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Wynne government issues a November 1st ultimatum for ETFO, OSSTF + CUPE to halt WTR actions in response to a OPSBA/ OCSTA school, board letter! Threatens to dock teacher pay if WTR on voluntary activities continues [?!], and no deals are reached within the next 8 days! No mention is made of the CB "payment" to the trustee associations, just the unions, showing what BS this is, as the OLP aids and abets school board and media efforts to publicly manufacture discontent against the teacher unions! Links to follow!

Video link to the announcement is @ CTV

Sad! Wynne "intervention" would've been unnecessary if OPSBA was willing to meet at the negotiation table in the first place. Now she's taking it out on ETFO @ ETFO

Wynne claims that students' health, safety and progress is at risk because of WTR @ Sun

Wynne threatens to dock teachers pay if WTR does not end by November 1st @ Post

Wynne and Sandals respond to media "payment" issue scandal @ 1010

MOE schedules 8 days of talks between now and Nov 1st @ 680

ETFO's Sam Hammond refuses to publicly respond to "threats" @ CBC

CUPE's Fred Hahn, OSSTF's Paul Elliott and the PC's Pat Brown reply tooStar

Premier Wynne and MOE Sandals announced they would meet with ETFO, OSSTF and CUPE leaders at QP this morning @ Global

OECTA was absent from the meeting, I would assume because they do not represent their education support workers, and have a contract for their teachers in place ....

ETFO has announced they will escalate WTR to include all volunteer extra curricular activities, effective Wednesday Oct. 28th, hoping to compel the MOE and trustees to return to the CB table. They've been MIA since Thanksgiving @ Phase 3

Previous ETFO WTR measures also remain in effect @ Phase 1 @ Update @ Phase 2 @ Phase 3 @ Update

CUPE's WTR measures to date are @ Overview @ Custodians @ EA's @ Library/ Techs


Support teacher free speech ...

Trustee bashing anyone? Some how not quite newsworthy? School board bargaining agents received $4,572,632 in CB payments for 2014-15 alone! About the same as the "scandalous" amount given all the teacher unions since 2008! Download and share @ Memo

The Big Media Scandal: Details of the new OSSTF contract, and it's attachments, appendices etc. are leaked by the Globe and Mail. The MOE will pick up the negotiations tab. Monies above "zero gain" are to be paid for by leftover funds from the secondary program enhancement program and anticipated savings from the voluntary payout deal. MOE Sandals defends the payment. Says CB is more intensive/ expensive under the new system @ Globe

Confirmed: MOE picked up the OECTA and AEFO negotiation bills too. For OECTA, it seems the gains were paid for though cuts to various hiring and PD programs. AEFO says no cuts were made effecting students. Note: The rumours are false; ETFO will NOT ACCEPT a similar payment as a part of any contract deal @ Globe

MOE Sandals defends the payments on the grounds that extra expenses were incurred due to procedural problems with the new CB system, which "didn't work". The media, firmly in a teacher bashing mode, continues to ignore that the trustee associations also received the offset @ CBC and @ Star

My "Teacher Free Speech Guide to Bill 122 [CB Act] 2014" is @ Bill 122 

Bill 122 CB Act Concerns:

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
OPSBA [Ontario Public School Boards Association] submission is @ Download
OCSTA [Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association] submission is @ Download

Globe posts the OSSTF contract online @ OSSTF MOU!

ETFO has argued that MOE Sandals seems outside of the loop on whats been happening at the ETFO bargaining table, while "Wynne Wednesdays" and WTR continue @ ETFO

CUPE WTR news coverage gets the short end of the stick because of the Canadian federal election @ Intelligencer

ETFO has also filed a second OLRB bad faith bargaining complaint, this time against the OPSBA @ CTV

Sam Hammond denounced OPSBA for negotiating in public rather than responding directly to ETFO's latest proposals at the bargaining table @ ETFO

Here is the OPSBA media release, listing the issues they agree and differ on @ CNW

Before the Thanksgiving weekend, ETFO had provided the MOE and OPSBA with a revised proposal for their consideration as a part of the CB process @ ETFO

OPSBA had then publicly announced that they'd reached agreement with ETFO on most of their outstanding CB issues except sick days and the benefits plan. ETFO plans to launch an OLRB complaint claiming the media statement is hostile and OPSBA is engaging in bad faith bargaining again. OPSBA's Mike Barrett claims the trustees are just "putting things in perspective" @ Toronto Star

Now ETFO is reconsidering when to commence it's one day rotating strikes in light of the OPSBA's actions. They were scheduled to begin this month. Hammond claims there are no more guarantees @ Globe



Real Story: so it's 8 days now?!? How the OLP/MOE has screwed up teacher CB @ 102 LINK

COMMENTS:

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It galls me to write this but PC leader Patrick Brown is absolutely right to say that Wynne's threat to ETFO and CUPE is simply an attempt to deflect the public and press away from the growing scandal that the government "paid" the bargaining costs of OECTA, OSSTF and AEFO. Sandals should resign...our Unions have been cast in a public light as being able to be bought and paid for...the mere perception that we took money from the management side of the table brings in to question every decision that has been made. How much lower must we sink?

Anonymous said...

Time for one union!

David Chiarelli said...

Yeah. OECTA members were being reprimanded for publicly discussing this, but you can do so here anonymously, for your protection.

Anonymous said...

ETFO's not ever accepted money from the government to offset the cost of bargaining. Good decision on my union's part - it looks too much like bribery to the union to take a deal at the members' expense. I'm sure that's not the reality on the other unions' part and they bargained the best they could but, still, the optics are very bad.

David Chiarelli said...

True, but other teacher unions didnt fight much for the members sick days and as a result they are now getting screwed if they wish to cash in. No money to speak of here. The "leaders" certainly didnt live up to their hype. I'm afraid ETFO Y CUPE are the only ones i respect in all of this!

Anonymous said...

All must serve the OECTA OVERLORDS at OECTA Provincial Office! Reprimanded for freedom of speech????? People need to report this to the police or any other outside body....shine the light on this stupidity.

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