Summary of ETFO MOU page 23

This is a summary of the 23 page “Memo” on whose merits we are voting online in the next few days.

June 13, 2013

OVERVIEW OF ETFO IMPROVEMENTS

TO CURRENT IMPOSED CONDITIONS

Addressing the ETFO Salary Penalty

  • Effective September 1, 2014, elimination of the 2% salary penalty for ETFO teachers
  • Effective September 1, 2014, all teacher salaries in Ontario will be funded on the same basis
  • Effective September 1, 2014, ETFO teacher salary grids will be adjusted to reflect what they would  otherwise have beenexcept for the salary penalty.
  • Adjusted grids will be the basis for any future bargaining to replace collective agreements expiring on August 31, 2014

Sick Leave and Short Term Leave and Disability Plan (STLDP)

  • Elimination of 3rd party adjudication
  • No reference to school board Attendance Management programs or Disability Management Teams
  • Elimination of the option of paying 66.67% salary
  • Eligibility improved to include:
    • All members previously entitled to sick leave;
    • Members in a term or long-term assignment; and
    • Any other full-time employee (defined as greater than 24 hours per week)

    Permanent employees:

    • 11 sick days at 100% salary
    • 120 days short term sick leave at 90% salary; and
    • Unused sick days may be carried over to the next school year for the purpose of topping up short term sick leave to 100% salary

    Members in long-term assignments:

    • 11 sick days at 100% salary, pro-rated for assignments that are less than a full school year; and
    • 60 days short term sick leave at 90% salary, pro-rated for assignments that are less than a full school  year

Maternity Benefits

  • Effective May 1, 2013
  •  Eligibility significantly improved to include:
    • All members previously entitled to maternity leave benefits;
    • Members in a term or long-term assignment; and
    • Any other full-time employee (defined as greater than 24 hours per week)
  • 8 weeks, guaranteed at 100%, paid for the entire 8-week period throughout the course of the entire calendar year
  • Superior entitlements apply
  • Optional alternative of 6 weeks at 100% plus meshing of superior entitlements, if the bargaining unit so chooses

Future Grids

  • Government to consult with stakeholders to review employee salary grids
  • Guarantee that no changes to salary grids will be imposed by the government

Voluntary Unpaid Leave of Absence Program (VLAP)

  • Available to all ETFO bargaining unitsUp to 5 unpaid leave days each year (not first week of school, student assessment periods and parent reporting days)
  • Requests for leave shall not be unreasonably denied
  • Net savings to be applied to Offsetting Measures (see below)

Unpaid Days and Offsetting Measures – Teacher Bargaining Units

  • No unpaid day on October 11, 2013
  • Offsetting measures to avoid an unpaid day on March 7, 2014: Voluntary Unpaid Leave of Absence Program;
  • Efficiencies in delivery of professional development for October 11, 2013 PD Day
  • Possible mid-year Early Retirement Incentive Plan of $5000;  and
  • Other local cost-saving measures agreed to by mutual consent
  • One mandatory unpaid day for ETFO teacher bargaining unit members on Friday, December 20, 2013
  • No unpaid days for non-teacher bargaining unit members

Attendance Recognition

  • ETFO members of teacher bargaining units who use fewer than 6 sick days in 2013/2014 (as of June 30, 2014) will receive the equivalent of a full day’s pay
  • All other ETFO members who use fewer than 6 sick days in 2013/2014 (as of June 30, 2014), and who have taken a VLAP day will receive the equivalent of a full day’s pay

Regulation 274–Hiring Practices

  • No changes to Reg. 274/12 that apply to ETFO members without the agreement of ETFO and the school boards
  • Committee of ETFO, school boards and Ministry to review Reg. 274/12 Hiring Practices with a view to establishing hiring practices and implementation procedures agree able to the parties and/or to establish best practices for occasional teacher allocation and development

Non-Vested Retirement Gratuity

  • Members who previously had a retirement gratuity but did not meet the minimum service requirement, or 10 years, will receive a wind-up payment no later than August 31, 2013
  • Improved formula to calculate the amount of the wind-up payment

Job Security – Support Staff

  • No lay-offs unless due to declining enrollment, reduction in government funding specific to a program, or catastrophic events
  • Consultation with ETFO on alternative measures in order to avoid layoffs
  • Minimize necessary layoffs through attrition
  • Superior provisions prevail

Specialized Job Class Salary Adjustment

  • Salary adjustments for particular specialized job classes may be negotiated in accordance with current collective agreement language

Written by Communications Officer

ETFO WROTL Communications Officer 2011/2012

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