BILL 122 – SCHOOL BOARDS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING ACT
On October 22, 2013, the Minister of Education introduced provincial bargaining legislation in the Ontario Legislature. The legislation, called the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014, is also referred to as “Bill 122”. The Act was passed by the Ontario Legislature on April 8, 2014. Bill 122 mandates a system of two-tier collective bargaining in the education sector that includes central (provincial) and local tables for teacher, occasional teacher, DECE, ESP, and PSP bargaining units represented by ETFO.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
What this really means is that there are some items (such as direct compensation, planning time, class sizes, etc.) that are bargained provincially and will impact all teachers across the province. Other items that are specific to our local (such as inclement weather policies) will be bargained between our local (WROTL) and the WRDSB and will only impact Occasional Teachers employed with our school board.
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
We have submitted our preliminary submission (our first offer) to the board and are awaiting further bargaining dates.