Under the current rule, teachers who change boards must return to filling positions. They can now apply for permanent positions for which they are qualified. “This was a particularly difficult round of negotiations, during which the government tried to implement substantial cuts in publicly funded education,” said Liz Stuart, President of the OECD. “Our bargaining team has invested a tremendous amount of time and effort in reaching an agreement that allows Catholic teachers to continue to provide quality education in the long term.” After the Central Terms Settlement Protocol has also been ratified by OCSTA and approved by the Government of Ontario, the association will now begin the process of negotiation between local OECD entities and Catholic school authorities on the local terms of their respective collective agreements. “The COVID-19 emergency and the challenges teachers, students and families face when approaching this unique form of distance learning are paramount for everyone,” says Stuart. “However, our association continues to strive to enter into discussions with school authorities as soon as possible and to negotiate fair agreements.” OTTAWA – Members of the Ontario Association of Catholic Teachers have ratified an agreement on a new treaty after months of controversial negotiations and four one-day strikes. With regard to Regulation 274, which requires school heads to recruit the highest teachers on the list of offers for new long-term tasks and full-time positions, about one third of full-time positions are now exempt. There are 75 local bargaining units representing Catholic teachers throughout the province. Stuart says Catholic teachers have taken steps to support students and secured funding for programs for at-risk children, thwarted government plans for mandatory e-learning, and improved the process for reporting violence in the classroom. The agreement allows the association to continue to pursue a constitutional challenge to the government`s cap on compensation increases. “At every step, Catholic teachers made it clear that we would do everything in our power to stand up for the students,” Says Stuart. “As a result, we have provided program funding and support for at-risk students, ensured that no student has to undergo mandatory e-learning training, and improved processes related to reporting violence in the classroom.” The agreement also allows oecTA to pursue a Charter challenge against the government`s unconstitutional cap on compensation increases.
The agreement does not contain a “me-too” clause. The province is also committed to having an online system for teachers to report incidents of violence and update safety protocols. We are very pleased to have obtained, as part of this new negotiation process, the first central conditions of a collective agreement for Catholic teachers. The OECD represents the 45,000 passionate and qualified teachers in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario, from kindergarten to Grade 12. According to the association`s manual, all agreements at the provincial level must be ratified by a majority of our members. Because some Catholic boards had larger class sizes – and because the preliminary agreement states that exceptions are no longer allowed – additional teachers are hired in certain areas. Last week, the province also signed a three-year interim contract with the 83,000 members of the Elementary Teachers` Federation of Ontario and continues to negotiate this week with the union that represents the province`s 12,000 French teachers. .