Ontario K-12 Education Negotiations

Articles, news and commentary related to K-12 Education negotiations in Ontario

Negotiations Between Government and Education Workers Continue

Negotiations Between Government and Education Workers Continue The Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario School Board Council of Unions (CUPE-OSBCU) informs that they are continuing negotiations with the Ontario government over the weekend and that both parties have agreed that they will inform the public of where things stand at 5pm on Sunday, November …

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Saturday Actions Across Ontario – Stand With CUPE Education Workers!

Saturday Actions Across Ontario – Stand With Cupe Education Workers! The Ontario Federation of Labour has called for rallies in communities across the province this Saturday to show Ontarians stand with education workers’ need for wages and working conditions in keeping with the valuable service they provide to students, parents and society. Unless a tentative …

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Our Working Conditions Are Students’ Learning Conditions! “For us, there is not one without the other.”

Our Working Conditions Are Students’ Learning Conditions! “For us, there is not one without the other.” On November 16, the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario School Board Council of Unions (CUPE-OSBCU) announced it was issuing its second strike notice during the present round of bargaining. Laura Walton, President of CUPE-OSBCU, explained that, although …

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Letter from an Ontario Teacher – “Workers Have Rights Because They are Human”

Letter to the Editor I am a teacher who works with students with special needs. Our teaching environment is abysmal. Not only has the school building been affected by years of underfunding, but also we teachers literally have to provide the students with books and materials to work with out of our own pockets for …

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Rejection of Ford’s Conception of Agreements Without Consent

Rejection of Ford’s Conception of Agreements Without Consent – Enver Villamizar – Ontario Premier Doug Ford held a press conference on Monday, November 7 at which he said he would rescind the Keeping Students in Class Act, 2022 that his government passed just four days prior if the Canadian Union of Public Employees-Ontario School Board …

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Unions Unite – Government to Repeal Bill 28

Unions Unite – Government to Repeal Bill 28 On November 7, representatives of many Ontario and national unions held a press conference. The press conference was originally set to announce an escalation in the opposition to the Keeping Students in Class Act, passed by the Ontario government however, earlier in the day, the government announced, and had committed …

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Irrational Debate at the Ontario Labour Board

Irrational Debate at the Ontario Labour Board Prior to the Ford government agreeing to repeal its draconian Keeping Students in Class Act, it requested a hearing in front of the Ontario Labour Relations Board to declare CUPE-OSBCU education workers political protest against the law an illegal strike. The arguments of the government reveal that irrational …

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“Power of Disallowance” A Diversion to Detract from Need to Replace the Constitutional Order

“Power of Disallowance” A Diversion to Detract from Need to Replace the Constitutional Order – Pauline Easton – While the people of Ontario, joined by workers from across the country, took to the streets to denounce the Keeping Students in Class Act, 2022 passed by the Ford government, which invokes the notwithstanding clause, some well-known …

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Previous Use of the Notwithstanding Clause in Ontario

Laura Chesnik at Demonstration in support of public education 2012

Previous Use of the Notwithstanding Clause in Ontario – Anna Di Carlo – It is of note that this is the second time the Ford provincial government has invoked the notwithstanding clause contained in the Constitution Act 1982. The first time was when it overturned a court ruling that found that changes to the electoral …

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Government of Ontario Passes Draconian Bill 28 – Education Workers Defy

Government of Ontario Passes Draconian Bill 28 – Education Workers Defy On November 3 the Ontario government passed Bill 28 the Keeping Students in School Act into law by a vote of 78 – 33 just 4 days after it was tabled. The legislation received Royal Assent the same day and in so doing imposed …

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