Union - School Board - Provincial Negotiations
Learn more about school board negotiations in Ontario...
OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association)
OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association)Members: 50,000 teaching staff at all grades in English-language Catholic schools.
Negotiation dates: Negotiations were held on Aug. 12-13, and further talks are scheduled for August 20, 21, 24 and 25. That's a sign of progress.
Sticking points: Neither side has revealed much about the negotiations. OECTA has talked of "profound cuts to our collective agreements" but has declined to be more specific than "working conditions" and "being expected to do more with less."
OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation)
Members: 60,000 (mostly public secondary school teachers, but also some support staff).
Negotiation dates: Aug. 18 & 19.
Sticking points: Both sides have kept the precise nature of the impasse rather quiet, but based on comments from school trustees, it appears the two biggest barriers are:
ETFO (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)Members: 76,000 (mostly elementary teachers in the public system).
Negotiation dates: These negotiations with the biggest teachers' union appear to be the toughest. ETFO members started a work-to-rule campaign across the province in May. Mediated talks broke down within a couple of hours of starting on May 11, but further talks are scheduled for Sept. 1.
Sticking points: Another sign that these negotiations are the furthest from making progress – the ETFO has publicly revealed more about its sticking points than any other union. The issues the union have highlighted are: