November 18 and 19

Summary of Teacher - Occasional Teacher Table:

OSSTF/FEESO arrived ready to bargain on November 18th to only be met with an unannounced, simultaneous press conference from Minister Stephen Lecce, announcing that the management team would be requesting a mediator for negotiations. Despite no previous conversations regarding third party mediation, OSSTF/FEESO agreed with the public request and met with the conciliation mediator within 24 hours.  OSSTF/FEESO entered the mediation process and it has provided no difference on moving the management team beyond their destructive positions.

Over two days of bargaining the parties only met face- to-face at the table for a total of 29 minutes. 

A cursory conversation about sick leave and administrative efficiencies for benefits occurred, but no progress was made.

OSSTF/FEESO remains concerned that the management team is failing to engage in effective and meaningful conversations in order to come to an agreement.

This was the last of the scheduled Teacher/Occasional Teacher bargaining dates. No new dates have been scheduled.