Bargaining Status Updates

Bargaining: Where we are Now

TEACHER/OCCASIONAL TEACHER

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)

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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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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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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