Contract negotiations are underway between OSSTF and the Ministry of Education at the Central Table in Toronto. The Thames Valley District School Board hopes that a provincial agreement can be reached before union action begins. Our CUPE employees are critical employees of the Thames Valley District School Board. We respect the negotiation process and we continue to hope that an agreement can be reached at the provincial negotiating table. If you have any questions about Regulation 274, please email them to Reg274Questions@osstf.ca We look forward to your understanding, patience and continued support from our students. If agreed, secondary schools will remain open on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. For timely notifications, please subscribe to our „Labour Updates“ page and social networks. „We are very pleased that preliminary agreements have been reached with our teachers` unions so that we can pay full attention to the unique challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic,“ said Arlene Morell, Chair of the Board of Directors. For example, this week, concerned about cell phones in classrooms, (concerned) with dogs allowed on terraces in bars in this province and especially spending so much time in the fare negotiation process through push-forward Bill 124,“ said ETFO President Sam Hammond on Monday after the union`s request for non-advice. The updated information is published on www.tvdsb.ca.
A preliminary agreement has been reached between the Ontario government and the Ontario Association of Public Enterprise Councils (OPSBA) with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation (OSSTF). For more information on OSSTF`s latest announcement, see: www.osstf.on.ca/en-CA/news/media-release-mar-06-2020.aspx. OSSTF is in negotiations with the Ontario government and the Ontario Public Schools Association (OPSBA) for a new collective agreement for high school teachers. On tvdsB websites and social networks, you will find the latest updates on the current work situation: www.tvdsb.ca/LabourUpdates Thames Valley will not be able to ensure the safety of students, since more than 3400 of our employees are CUPE members who do not show up to work if no agreement is reached. CUPE staff include facilitators, early childhood educators, teaching assistants, school and central offices, technical assistance (IT) and maintenance. While there is no progress towards a contractual agreement by Friday 6 March, ETFO said it would begin the next phase of its strike protocol on Monday 9 March. OSSTF said its members can set up information pickets before or after school or during the lunch break, as well as other actions described on the OSSTF website: www.osstf.on.ca/en-CA/news/mr-nov-21-2019.aspx ETFO will now check the details of the preliminary agreement and start next week with local leaders and ETFO members. EtFO immediately suspends strike action until the results of its central ratification votes are available.
After discussion and consideration of all options, the Thames Valley District School Board has decided to close schools to all students effective Monday, October 7, unless an agreement is reached before that date. If an agreement is reached, we will contact families as soon as possible when students can return to class. „We continue to hope that an agreement can soon be reached at the provincial level. Most importantly, teachers will continue to focus on supporting students` learning needs. Preliminary agreement was announced between the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO) and the Ontario Public Schools Association (OPSBA), as well as education workers and the Council of Trust Associations (CTA).