Are you missing your electronic ballot for the Central Strike Vote?

Are you missing your electronic ballot for the Central Strike Vote?

Please follow these steps to ensure your voice is heard.

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Are you missing your electronic ballot for the Central Strike Vote? Please follow these steps to ensure your voice is heard. 1. Check your “other”/“spam”/“junk” folders - the majority of ballots have been located there 2. Contact your local to see what email was submitted for your credentials - often folks thought a particular email address was being used but it was another 3. Contact Dots at [email protected] or call them 1-833-368-7123

First day of Conciliation

Today was a very frustrating day.

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It has become very clear that this government and our school boards need to see and feel the power building with workers to move them to respond to your proposals which, if accepted, would secure services for students & improve wages & working conditions for each of you.
Ontario education union launches new campaign as negotiations with province heat up

Ontario education union launches new campaign as negotiations with province heat up

A union representing education workers in Ontario has launched a new campaign arguing that a salary of $39,000 is “not enough” amid contract negotiations with the provincial government.

A union representing education workers in Ontario has launched a new campaign arguing that a salary of $39,000 is “not enough” amid contract negotiations with the provincial government. The campaign centers around a radio advertisement that urges listeners to tell Premier Doug Ford that “$39,000 is not enough for education workers, or anyone.” In the ad, a male voice is heard listing off a variety of frontline education jobs, including educational assistants, secretaries and custodians. The voice says that because these employees are paid about $39,000 on average, “thousands are on the brink of poverty.”
$39,000 is Not Enough, for Education Workers or Anyone

$39,000 is Not Enough, for Education Workers or Anyone

The 39000isnotenough.ca website is made for parents and members of the public. So please share it with your family, friends, and neighbours.

Translations: FR
As most families prepare for kids to go back to school next week and with pressure on parents to spend even more out of their own pockets on everything from school supplies to food and rent, you and your 55,000 coworkers are continuing to use the negotiations for your next collective agreement to secure more resources for students, families, and each other.
Education workers request conciliation as Ford government fails students

Education workers request conciliation as Ford government fails students

After 8 days of negotiations we have seen very little movement other than the disrespectful offer put forward from Lecce and School Boards. We are requesting support of a Ministry of Labour's Conciliation Officer to support negotiations moving forward.

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It’s still within the Stephen Lecce and Doug Ford’s power to direct their people at the table to accept our reasonable, necessary, and affordable Proposals for Student Success and Good Jobs or to at least make a respectful offer. But with the education minister wasting his time fearmongering and getting his math wrong, we’re filing for conciliation in the hope that a third party can help refocus the government and school board bosses on getting a fair collective agreement done.
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.

Translations: FR
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.
What do the proposals mean to you?

What do the proposals mean to you?

What does the August 15, 2022 Employer Proposal mean for you?

We have prepared a chart that compares the asks you have with the proposal your bosses and government have offered. It is clear that we are far apart on many issues. Bridging this gap will take a high participation of members!
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.