On Thursday, November 28, 2019, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation (OSSTF), which represents teachers and education workers, announced that on Wednesday, December 4, all of its members in the province of Ontario will participate in a „full withdrawal of services” for one day, unless an interim agreement is reached at the province`s bargaining table. The Upper Grand District School Board and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 256 are pleased to announce that they have ratified the interim collective agreements concluded on January 17 (Caretaking and Maintenance Bargaining Unit) and February 6, 2020 (English as the Unit Second Language Bargaining Unit). The central agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 55,000 education workers in the province, was ratified by school boards and the union and was agreed upon by the Ontario government. For more information, see: www.ugdsb.ca/blog/ugdsb-and-cupe-local-256-ratify-tentative-agreements/ www.etfo.ca/AboutETFO/ProvincialOffice/Pages/Covid19.aspx Agreements cover the period from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022. The central agreements with teachers and teaching workers, which are represented by the Secondary Education Teachers` Federation (OSSTF), have been ratified by school boards and the union and approved by the Ontario government. On Sunday, October 6, the Foundation Board (CTA) and the provincial government reached an interim agreement with CUPE. That is why cupE has agreed to stop all stages of the work while the agreement is being ratified. For more details on the Phase 3 and 4 strike minutes, see the ETFO website: etfocb.ca/strike-protocol-work-to-rule-phases-34/ Central agreements with the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO) and the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA), as well as education workers and the Council of Trust Associations (CTA) have been ratified. On April 20, it was announced that the Council of Trust Associations (CTA) and the provincial government had entered into preliminary agreements with the Ontario Secondary Education Teachers` Federation (OSSTF) and OSSTF education workers. The details of the agreements remain confidential until they are ratified by all parties.

Their local collective agreement is full of rights, rights and protection from arbitrary treatment. It is in the interest of each ETFO member to read and understand the agreement and to support the local negotiation process. In short, collective bargaining protects your rights as education workers. Read your collective agreement again today. There are only a few employment-related issues here that would be at risk without collective bargaining: CUPE Local 256 ESL Unit and the Upper Grand District School Board have tentatively agreed at the local bargaining table. Members will vote on the interim agreement on 14 February 2020. Within the UGDSB, ETFO represents primary and casual teachers.

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