ELEMENTARY TEACHERS’ FEDERATION OF ONTARIO
WATERLOO REGION OCCASIONAL TEACHER LOCAL
PROVINCIAL TAKEOVER BULLETIN #10
October 11, 2013
Provincial Bargaining and the ETFQ Memorandum of Understanding
On June 12, 2013, ETFO achieved a tentative Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the provincial government that would override and improve the terms imposed by Bill 115. Acceptance of the ETFO MOU was conditional upon its approval by ETFO members through a province-wide vote.
From June 17 to June 23, 2013, ETFO members participated in a province-wide online vote to decide whether the ETFO MOU should be accepted or not accepted. Ninety-one percent of members who participated in the vote cast ballots in favour of the ETFO MOU. An overview of ETFO MOU terms is attached to this Provincial Takeover Bulletin for your reference. A complete copy of the ETFO MOU can be viewed and downloaded at:
Bargaining Between Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local and Waterloo Region District
The ETFO MOU called for a period of local bargaining immediately following the ratification vote. Any locally bargained changes to the collective agreement were to be appended to, and form part of, the existing local collective agreement.
On September 30, 2013, a Memorandum was signed by ETFO and the Waterloo Region District School Board to append both locally bargained items and ETFO MOU provisions to the local collective agreement. The Memorandum, which includes a list of locally bargained items, is attached to this Provincial Takeover Bulletin for your reference.
What Does the 2012-2014 Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local Collective Agreement Look Like?
As you know, the 2012 round of bargaining did not result in a freely negotiated collective agreement. Instead, the government imposed collective agreement terms through the Putting Students First Act (i.e., Bill115), terms that ETFO was later able to improve through the ETFO MOU.
For the sake of convenience, it might have been useful to consolidate all of the terms and conditions imposed on ETFO members to create one new Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local “collective agreement” for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years. That would have meant combining language from the following list of documents:
- The Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher 2008-2012 collective agreement;
- the ETFO MOU;
- the Memorandum between ETFO and Waterloo Region District School Board;
- the OECTA MOU;
- regulations made by the government under Bill 115 and the Education Act.
But creating a consolidated document from this list and calling it a “collective agreement” would give the 2012 round of bargaining a level of legitimacy that many Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local members – and ETFO members across the province – would object to.
For that reason, we will not be preparing or agreeing to a consolidated “collective agreement” prepared by the Board. We will rely on the terms of the expired agreement, as amended by law, and by our Memorandum with the Waterloo Region District School Board, which amended the imposed collective agreement to include relevant terms of the ETFO MOU and locally bargained items.
Maintaining separate documents, rather than consolidating these documents into a single “collective agreement”, in no way affects ETFO’s ability to enforce the terms of either the collective agreement or the ETFO MOU.
1. Overview of ETFO MOU Improvements to Imposed Conditions
2. Memorandum Between ETFO and Waterloo Region District School Board
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