Just hours before the Education Minister announced tentative deals with both the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the head of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation put out statement.
“Today,(Monday) the Minister of Education has given the go ahead for the school boards of this province to change the working conditions of our support staff members, which could include reducing their salaries. As we have said before, we strongly believe in the collective bargaining process and we don’t respond to threats. Our support staff members have been without a contract for fourteen months and they will not cease any job sanctions until a tentative central deal has been reached, and that deal has been endorsed by our local support staff leaders. We remain committed to a negotiated settlement and will continue work towards a fair agreement.” – Paul Elliot, OSSTF President.
At this point, there is still no deal between the OSSTF and the Province.
The tentative deals with CUPE and ETFO mean members effectively ended their work-to-rule campaigns.
Last week, Premier Kathleen Wynn warned permission would be granted to the school boards to start docking their pay, after 5 days notice had been given.