Despite repeated declarations of the need to bargain towards an agreement in a timely fashion, the management team did not present any new proposals on any of the significant issues that are on the table. There was an expectation that updated proposals on significant issues from the management team would have been forthcoming.
The following significant issues were not discussed:
- inflationary adjustments to benefits
- Inflationary adjustments to salary (COLA)
In the following minor areas, the parties agreed that no changes were needed or agreed to clarify language so as to reflect current practices:
- The parties agreed to continue to use much of the existing language related to the collective agreement’s structure, maintenance and operation. As well, a number of items were deleted as the required actions have been completed (these included hiring practices, class size and the early pay out of a gratuity).
- The parties agreed to clarify the informal process for the dispute resolution mechanism regarding central grievances. This language reflects the current practice.
- Existing statutory leave language was updated to reflect a name change to Critical Illness.
- Continuation of our participation in the consultation process on Ministry initiatives was confirmed.
- The Health and Safety Workgroup language captures our ongoing participation on the Provincial Working Group on Health and Safety.
- The parties agreed to incorporate existing language related to the administration of Long Term Disability into the collective agreement.
Discussions about the following issues are ongoing:
- Federation Release Days that provide access to OSSTF members to do Provincial OSSTF work at no additional cost to School Boards
- Benefits: preliminary discussions limited only to data sharing and questions of clarification
- Transfer of OSSTF teachers into the same certification system (QECO) that is used across the province for all the other teacher unions (AEFO, ETFO and OECTA).
This lack of discussion about the most significant topics is entirely inconsistent with repeated statements from the government about seriously working towards a deal.
Other than those items noted above, the positions in each party’s initial brief remain the most current.