OPSBA in the Media – September 2019

2019 9/6 | Connects Page, Education Finance, Labour Relations, OPSBA in the Media

Update regarding negotiations with CUPE
OPSBA Media Release, Sept. 29, 2019

Here’s what you need to know about education workers’ work-to-rule campaign
Newmarkettoday, Sept. 30, 2019
Many duties performed by clerical staff, educational assistants, early childhood educators, library and information technology workers, child and youth workers, food service staff, and student supervisors are being withheld.

School support staff to begin work-to-rule campaign after failed negotiations with province, boards
The Toronto Star, Sept. 30, 2019
School support staff will begin a work-to-rule campaign after weekend negotiations failed to reach a deal with the province and school boards.
News that talks had broken off between the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the provincial government and trustee associations, came around Sunday dinnertime …

Talks between union and province break down as work-to-rule campaign looms
CP 24, Sept. 29, 2019
Around 55,000 Ontario school support staff will begin a work-to-rule campaign on Monday after the most recent round of talks with the province and school boards ended without a resolution on Sunday.

Ontario to lose more than 10,000 teaching positions over five years under Ford government changes: watchdog
Toronto Star, Sept. 26, 2019
Ontario will have 10,000 fewer teaching positions over the next five years as the Ford government boosts class sizes and introduces mandatory online courses, says the legislature’s independent financial watchdog.

What Parents Should Know About A Possible Ontario Teacher Strike
Today’s Parent, Sept. 26, 2019
Even before the first month of class is over, schools across Ontario are bracing for labour disruption. On Monday, Sept. 30, support workers in all public schools will launch a work-to-rule campaign over job cuts, with janitors refusing certain tasks such as sweeping hallways and secretaries no longer placing those early-morning calls for supply teachers. While the union will return to the bargaining table over the weekend, if that doesn’t bring a deal, the work-to-rule will start.

Ontario school board support staff will be in legal strike position on Sept. 30, a week later than expected
Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 16, 2019
Parents and students worried about potential labour disruption at Ontario schools have a bit more breathing room.
About 55,000 Ontario school board support staff will be in a legal strike position on Sept. 30, a week later than announced earlier.

Grade 12 student can’t get into the physics and calculus courses he needs for university because of teacher cutbacks
The Toronto Star, Sept. 16, 2019
Omar Salman wants to be an architectural engineer — but the Grade 12 student needs physics and calculus for university and can’t get into either course at his Mississauga high school.
Knowing the province was moving to bigger class sizes, with fewer teachers and fewer classes, Salman said he was sure to get his choices in on time last spring — even after his school redid the course timetable because of staffing losses — and still found himself on wait lists for both.

Negotiations with Ontario school board workers reach critical stage
Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 13, 2019
Ottawa elementary school teacher Jennifer Duncan spent Tuesday evening standing on Hunt Club Road in the rain with a picket sign that read “You Can’t Do More With Less.”

Ontario labour board rules against teacher union on bargaining issues
The Toronto Star, Sept. 6, 2019
The labour relations board has ruled that class-size caps and sick day specifics are provincial bargaining issues, a decision the high school teachers’ union said it is “extremely disappointed” with.

Will labour unrest hit Ontario schools this year? Here’s what you need to know
CBC News, Sept. 3, 2019
School begins Tuesday for some two million children in Ontario’s education system, amid concern that their year will be interrupted by labour disputes.
Contracts for the five major unions representing teachers and education workers in the province expired over the long weekend.

Ontario students head back to school amid job cuts and looming labour strife
The Toronto Star, Sept. 3, 2019
Back to school — but not back to normal.
As Ontario students head through the doors on Tuesday, many will be in bigger classes at schools that have fewer teachers. Meanwhile, the threat of labour strife looms, given all education contracts expired over the Labour Day weekend with no new deals in sight.