TORONTO, ON – Feb 22 2017 — The new amendments to the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act announced Tuesday by Mitzie Hunter, the Education Minister, have not addressed how to streamline the process or improve labour relations at the bargaining table.
Although the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) participated in the consultations regarding the proposed amendments, it is obvious that the consultations were not taken seriously by the government. “There are a number of significant structural flaws in the current legislation and OSSTF/FEESO made 11 recommendations to streamline and strengthen the bargaining process. All were ignored, resulting in none of our issues being addressed and the process continuing to be lengthy and unwieldy,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott.
“These changes announced by the Minister do not improve the legislation and do nothing to make the bargaining process more efficient,” concluded Elliott.
OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.