Still Far Apart

Still Far Apart

Your OSBCU Bargaining Committee has finished meeting for the day. This now leaves us with only one meeting before school begins.

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Attempting to kickstart conversations on equity, violence, and health and safety, we’re disappointed to say that we made little headway. Additionally, although we raised the issues of job security and benefits, the employer maintained their concessions. Our proposal is reasonable, necessary, and ensures sustainability for education workers and the students and families who rely on the services we deliver. The gains you need rely on the high participation of you and your co-workers in the days ahead.
CTA and Crown Proposal to CUPE/OSBCU August 15, 2022 at 10h 15

CTA and Crown Proposal to CUPE/OSBCU August 15, 2022 at 10h 15

Today, your OSBCU central bargaining team received a "fulsome" response from the CTA and Crown to our proposal which we presented August 2, 2022.

Overall, we are disheartened with what was passed. Education Workers are fighting to stay out of poverty. The proposal of only $800 per year on average in face of skyrocketing inflation is not going to pay rising rent costs, put food on the table or addresses the staffing issues that are rampant in our schools.
2022[3] OSBCU Wages Presentation to CTA and Crown

2022[3] OSBCU Wages Presentation to CTA and Crown

CUPE-OSBCU Wages Proposal

We will walk you through the rationale for our proposal on wages to show why what we have put forward is reasonable, necessary, and affordable. Our last meeting it was suggested that the employer and crown had concerns about the cost of our proposal. We believe this presentation will demonstrate quite clearly that our proposal is affordable for the province. For our members it is simply not affordable to accept anything that is not a substantial wage increase. A decade of wage restraint has put our members in financial distress. Inflation is high and rising, putting far too many of our members on the brink of poverty.
Statement from Ontario education workers on collective bargaining with Ford government

Statement from Ontario education workers on collective bargaining with Ford government

The following is a statement form Laura Walton, an educational assistant from Belleville, Ontario and the president of CUPE’s Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU), on behalf of education workers’ central bargaining committee:

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Frontline education workers are not holding a strike vote on August 22. We know that workers understanding and using our collective power is crucial to winning long overdue gains for students, Ontario families, and each other, so we’re gathering to discuss what our response might be if the Ford government keeps delaying getting a deal done into the fall.
CUPE Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU) Summary of education workers’ bargaining proposals for better working and learning conditions in Ontario’s publicly funded schools

CUPE Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU) Summary of education workers’ bargaining proposals for better working and learning conditions in Ontario’s publicly funded schools

On Tuesday, August 2, your CUPE-Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU) central bargaining committee met with the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and provincial government negotiators for the third time. We presented a full package of bargaining proposals in an effort to push the Ford government to get a fair deal done before September.

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These proposals for Student Success and Good Jobs, if accepted, would: 1. Guarantee increased services for students; 2. Protect service levels against cuts; 3. Help solve school boards’ problems retaining and recruiting workers; and 4. Increase government funding for children’s education after 10 years of real cuts.
OSBCU 2022 Bargaining Update for July 18, 2022

OSBCU 2022 Bargaining Update for July 18, 2022

While the scope of central bargaining has been decided, with only one day of negotiations having taken place in July and just a month and a half until September 1, OSBCU education workers continue to urge the government to get a fair deal done before school starts.

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Over a period of about nine hours on Monday, your coworkers focused on trying to get an agreement with your bosses’ representatives about the same two things as last time: ground rules for this round of negotiations and the scope of central bargaining.
Education workers shocked by hiring of $200K backroom boss as 11 frontline staff are cut

Education workers shocked by hiring of $200K backroom boss as 11 frontline staff are cut

Belleville, ON – In a do-over meeting on Monday, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) trustees adopted the exact same 2022-2023 budget they had declined just last week, this time with a five-to-four vote.

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Astonishingly, superintendent of business services and board treasurer Nick Pfeiffer explained during Monday’s meeting that funding for a newly created superintendent position, at the added cost of about $211,000 per year, was provided by the Ford government specifically for hiring yet another backroom senior manager.
Stop the delay tactics, be transparent and set a date and time to meet with CUPE-OSBCU bargaining team before the end of this month.

Stop the delay tactics, be transparent and set a date and time to meet with CUPE-OSBCU bargaining team before the end of this month.

On Friday, June 17, your CUPE-Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (OSBCU) bargaining team met across the table from the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA), representing your employers, and the Ministry of Education, representing the provincial government.

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We thought it would be no-brainer for both parties – workers representatives and the bosses – to quickly accept the same central scope as last time. But something as simple as this became another opportunity for the provincial government to delay. They figure that they can prolong the start of discussions about real issues that matter to you and kids’ caregivers even longer by dragging out today’s first meeting into a second unnecessary meeting weeks from now. (By the way, they haven’t even agreed to a next meeting date yet). As for the ground rules, your bargaining team made it clear that workers will not accept a “media blackout.” Instead, those of us who are at the negotiating table on your behalf intend to be very open and transparent with the whole CUPE-OSBCU membership.
Send a message to the premier and education minister

Send a message to the premier and education minister

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CUPE education workers are ready to negotiate a contract that protects and expands services for students, and they’re ready to get it down before the new school year starts this fall. Support education workers’ demands for service guarentees and higher wages for low-paid frontline workers. Send a message to the premier and education minister now