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April 19 – Tentative Agreements Reached

April 19 – Tentative Agreements Reached With the assistance of a mediator, tentative agreements have been reached for both the OSSTF/FEESO Teacher-Occasional Teacher and Education Worker bargaining tables. Planning for the ratification process is currently underway.

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March 1-3 Update

OSSTF/FEESO has not been to the bargaining table since December 16. The mediator called the parties together for informal exploratory talks on March 1. These talks continued until March 3 when they ended without moving to formal bargaining. Contrary to the statement on the attached proposals that they had been previously discussed, OSSTF/FEESO received them for the first time as attachments to an email sent approximately 3 hours after the completion of the exploratory talks.

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Updated Public Opinion Polling

OSSTF/FEES has been receiving weekly tracking of public opinion from a very reputable polling firm since early December through to the present time. While the Doug Ford PC government engages in mistruths, inflammatory rhetoric and spin, the Ontario public continuously and increasingly supports teachers and education workers in the fight to protect quality public education. As demonstrated in the most recent polling results, the more that public awareness is raised through job actions, the higher the level of support for teachers and education workers.

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Public Opinion Tracking

OSSTF/FEESO has engaged a reputable polling firm to measure public opinions of education issues since earlier last fall. In addition, specific weekly tracking of public opinion has been taking place since early December through to January. Despite the ongoing spin and misdirection through messaging from the Ford government, the public is paying attention, understands the issues and clearly supports teachers, education workers and quality education.

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Bargaining: Where we are Now

OSSTF Original Bargaining Positions

Support Staff Negotiating Brief – Summary

This summary explains all of the articles in the Support Staff Central Agreement and highlights the areas where OSSTF/FEESO is proposing changes. The summary also provides a brief rationale for the proposed changes.

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TEACHER/OCCASIONAL TEACHER

December 16 Update

Even with the appointment of a new mediator no progress was made. The mediator has cancelled Tuesday’s bargaining

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November 30

We continue to be committed to a transparent process. Small group discussions were held today as well.

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November 28

A total of 11 minutes at the bargaining table, no response from the management side, and more misleading statements by Minister Lecce

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November 18 and 19

Bargaining was planned for two full days, however, the Minister’s press conference delayed bargaining first thing Monday morning. We are prepared to bargain, but a total of 29 minutes over two days is not helpful.

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November 14 Update

Today was unfortunately another unproductive day. OSSTF had proposed discussions regarding potential financial savings, but instead of receiving financial data to support those discussions we were faced with editorialized comments which seemed to assume our intent for such discussions.

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October 31 and November 1

OSSTF is becoming increasingly frustrated with the fact that despite the Minister of Education’s repeated public statements that he is looking for a deal, the government refused to bring amended proposals on significant issues to the table. OSSTF had proposed to bring our EW and T/OT Benefit plans together for increased sustainability and efficiencies, but the response has been to restrict and constrain the Benefit Trust’s operations. OSSTF also identified a number of items that have the potential to generate cost savings and await a response.

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OCTOBER 25 UPDATE

OSSTF approached bargaining today in hopes of addressing significant issues. The management team continues to focus their efforts on topics related to certification and scheduling as opposed to the matters that are critical to Ontario students and families.

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Conciliation

Due to the minimal progress and unwillingness of the other side to discuss any of the significant issues, OSSTF/FEESO has applied for Conciliation as the next step in the bargaining process.

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SUPPORT STAFF (EDUCATION WORKERS)

December 16 Update

Even with the appointment of a new mediator no progress was made. The mediator has cancelled Tuesday’s bargaining

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December 3

After waiting all day with no proposal from the other side and a press conference by Minister Stephen Lecce, we are left with no choice.

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December 1

Today there was a very brief meeting at the table with the Mediator. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways in which negotiations can move forward.

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November 27

Finally at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, management tabled a one page double-sided paper which was essentially a summary of the CUPE deal. Later that evening, OSSTF/FEESO responded with a response including incremental adjustments to our original positions

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November 20-21

Twice this week, the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has held press conferences on negotiations while we have waited to actually negotiate.

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November 15

OSSTF/FEESO continues to be frustrated by the lack of progress. We requested financial data in the hopes that substantive discussions could be had on potential cost saving topics. Not only did we not receive any data, we also were told after just two hours that this line of discussion would not achieve any desired results.

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November 1

Although today was a dedicated Teacher/Occasional teacher bargaining date, OSSTF received a proposal that included references to EW Benefits. OSSTF had proposed to bring our EW and T/OT Benefit plans together for increased sustainability and efficiencies, but the response has been to restrict and constrain the Benefit Trust’s operations. Click Read More to be directed to the document received.

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OCTOBER 23 UPDATE

Bargaining continued and some issues were discussed. There are, however, many substantive issues that require attention at the bargaining table and we await the Government/CTA side addressing them seriously.

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Conciliation

Due to the minimal progress and unwillingness of the other side to discuss any of the significant issues, OSSTF/FEESO has applied for Conciliation as the next step in the bargaining process.

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PERSONNEL DE SOUTIEN

COSTING OF INITIAL BRIEFS

OSSTF/FEESO Positions

Sick Leave Rebuttal

OSSTF/FEESO believes in a proactive approach to the sick leave issue as opposed to the punitive approach that the government and school boards are proposing.

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