CUPE Nationwide congratulates Ontario schooling employees on reaching a tentative settlement after a very troublesome spherical of bargaining with the Province of Ontario and the Council of Trustees’ Affiliation.
No deal incorporates all we search, however we’re assured the bargaining committee secured all that may very well be secured. It’s a notably good outcome following the assaults in your collective bargaining rights and your proper to strike, as represented by the now-repealed, completely unconstitutional Invoice 28. That piece of laws, which you pushed again, would have imposed a concessionary collective settlement and wages roughly half what your committee was capable of discount.
The OSBCU bargaining committee was capable of obtain a breakthrough wage settlement, after greater than a decade of legislated wage restraint. The agreed wage improve of $1 per hour in every year of a four-year collective settlement will lead to wage will increase of three.59% on common throughout your bargaining unit, or roughly 14.4% compounded over 4 years. For the bottom paid employees within the schooling sector, the flat charge of $1 per hour, per yr quantities to extra: 4.2% every year or 16.8% compounded over 4 years.
The bargaining of a flat charge improve itself is an achievement, one which helps carry the wages of the bottom paid employees in a means that bargaining straight share will increase does not.
Moreover, your bargaining committee secured funding to make sure consistency in the advantages belief, pushed off concessions on sick go away, and achieved established order on job safety provisions.
It is usually price noting your bargaining committee managed to safe reimbursement for the 2 days of political protest you had been compelled to undertake because of Invoice 28. It is a notably acceptable achievement, one which acknowledges that you shouldn’t have needed to do this simply to keep up Constitution-enshrined bargaining rights you all the time had.
Whereas you weren’t capable of obtain all you sought on this spherical – particularly, funding for extra, much-needed companies, we suggest acceptance of this tentative settlement alongside your bargaining committee. Your struggle for higher companies in public schooling will proceed within the political and neighborhood enviornment, because of the super mobilizing efforts of the OSBCU.
We’re very happy with what has been achieved right here, in one of many hardest rounds of negotiations within the nation this yr.