OPSBA believes that teachers and education workers deeply influence a positive and productive learning environment for students and are supported in this role through the peace and stability engendered by successfully negotiated collective agreements.
It is OPSBA's goal to negotiate fair and equitable collective agreements through the collective bargaining process. Our priority continues to be the improvement of student achievement and well-being. That remains the focus of our bargaining.
The collective bargaining framework for the education sector features a two-tier bargaining process, or central and local bargaining as it is often referred to. This means issues such as salary, benefits, and paid leaves are negotiated on a province-wide basis at a central table. Participants at the central level include the government and trustees' associations as co-management partners, bargaining with teachers' federations and education worker unions.
Before bargaining commences, the parties agree to which items will be negotiated centrally. All other issues are then negotiated locally. The parties to local bargaining are individual school boards and their respective local bargaining units.
Read a backgrounder on Collective Bargaining in Ontario's public education sector (from OPSBA's Guide to Good Governance: 2018-2022)
For more information about any of the central collective agreements mentioned below, please visit the Ministry of Education's website.
OPSBA received Notice to Bargain from OSSTF on April 29, 2019.
The Council of Trustees' Associations received Notice to Bargain from OSSTF Education Workers on April 29, 2019.
OPSBA received Notice to Bargain from ETFO on June 3, 2019.
The Council of Trustees' Associations received Notice to Bargain from ETFO Education Workers on June 3, 2019.
The Council of Trustees' Associations received Notice to Bargain from CUPE on May 3, 2019.
The Council of Trustees' Associations received Notice to Bargain from EWAO on May 10, 2019.
The Council of Trustees' Associations received Notice to Bargain from EWAO on June 24, 2019.
The central collective agreement was extended in March 2017 for an additional two years to Aug. 31, 2019, following ratification by all parties.
OPSBA, along with the three other school board/trustee associations, gave a joint submission to the Standing Committee on General Government regarding Bill 92, School Boards Collective Bargaining Amendment Act, 2017, on March 8, 2017. This followed a letter to Minister Mitzie Hunter on Feb. 10, 2017, outlining school board concerns with respect to a number of issues related to the SBCBA.
Following the conclusion of the first round of bargaining under the SBCBA, the government consulted with its partners in order to review the Act to see if there were improvements that could be made to the process. On July 4, 2016, the Minister of Education publicly released the summary of those consultations.