Jeremy Hobbs, Superintendent of Personnel and Operational Services, said after this week`s printing deadline for this week`s chief: « The Upper Canada District School Board is receiving significant additional funding under the CUPE agreement obtained through negotiations at the provincial level. We assume that these funds will be used to offset some of the staff reductions in the 2019-20 budget procedure. We anticipate that this new funding will increase the number of CUPE employees, but we will meet in the coming weeks with our local CUPE representatives to discuss how these funds will be used. Negotiations at the local level are not yet complete. The three-year collective agreement between CUPE and the province will take effect retroactively on September 1, 2019 and expire on August 31, 2022. « Our unique goal in this process was to keep students in the classroom and to provide predictability and safety for parents, students and educators, » said Stephen Lecce, Ontario`s Minister of Education. « This agreement demonstrates that our government is in a position to reach agreements with our working partners, and reaffirms the importance of all parties staying at the negotiating table and taking a reasonable approach to the negotiation process. » « We are pleased that CUPE members have ratified an agreement that restores the tens of thousands of hours of service to Ontario students cut by the Ford government earlier this year, » said Laura Walton, President of CUPE`s Ontario Union School Board (OSBCU), which conducted centralized negotiations on behalf of 55,000 CUPE members. The rehabilitation of the water tower wins in favor, the Iroquois most needed Details of the new contract include an annual salary increase of one percent and no more than an increase in benefits of one percent during the three-year contract. « All I can say is that while there are ongoing negotiations between Human Resources and CUPE to address this new money and how to bring it back to its intended goal, » said John McAllister, UCDSB Director. » The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents more than 55,000 employees of Ontario school boards, including the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, said 79 per cent of members approved the new contract. The Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action and submitted a « No Board » report. Members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation are still voting on possible strike action, but have already filed a « No Board » report and will be on a legal strike position on November 18. The Ontario Teachers` Association of English organizes national strike votes.
In addition, the Board`s budget for the new contract of nearly US$773K for specialty educators and 671K for so-called « other human resources » in funding investments in systemic priorities. One of the main stumbling blocks in contract negotiations, which almost led to a national strike on 6 October, was absenteeism and sick pay. The contract leaves short- and long-term disability coverage in the same way as in the previous contract.