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Provincial Bargaining Continues
Yesterday, on August 17, the OECTA Provincial Bargaining Team (PBT) met with representatives of the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA), to continue negotiations for the renewal of the central terms of our collective agreement.
Discussion focused on “scope,” to determine which matters will be addressed at the central
bargaining table, and which will be addressed in local bargaining. This discussion will continue at the next bargaining date, tentatively scheduled for August 31. As you know, central bargaining can be a lengthy process, and your Association will continue to provide you with relevant information and updates on the status of negotiations as the process unfolds.
Comments from the Ford Government in the Media
In recent weeks, Education Minister Stephen Lecce and other Ford government officials have continued
to make intentionally provocative and misleading statements in the media about the nature and status
of negotiations, and the start of next school year.
In reality, Catholic teachers across the province are excited to welcome students back into classrooms,
even as the bargaining process continues and the PBT works toward achieving a fair deal. The public
understands that when Catholic teachers advocate on education issues – when you make your voices
heard – that you do so on behalf of the students you serve, to support their success – as your working
conditions are students’ learning conditions.
Your advocacy and unity were essential to protecting Ontario’s world-class publicly funded education
system during the last round of negotiations; we will remain united, and your Association will continue
to defend and promote the rights and working conditions of Catholic teachers. Our collective power is