"Funded Trustee Agreements"
Provincial Discussion Tables (PDTs) Most of the 473 collective agreements in Ontario's publicly funded schools expired on August 31, 2008. In November 2007, Education Minister Kathleen Wynne initiated informal discussions with trustee associations, teacher federations and unions representing education support workers. These discussions aimed at addressing issues which, if resolved provincially, would greatly facilitate bargaining for new collective agreements. All parties were encouraged to take part in these voluntary discussions to address issues of common interest with an emphasis on the shared goal of improving student achievement. The resulting four-year provincial framework agreements support bargaining and enhance labour peace and progress. These agreements will result in positive labour relations at all levels of the education sector. This is the first time that provincial framework agreements have been reached with education support workers, and the first time that any provincial framework agreement has been reached prior to the expiry of the collective agreements governing the parties. The provincial framework agreements reached so far cover 324 of the sector's 473 collective agreements (68%) and a total of 120,000 employees (out of about 210,000). The following 18 federations and unions have entered into provincial framework agreements, 17 of these with trustee associations: Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) Association of Professional Student Services Personnel (APSSP) Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Ontario (COPE) Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Coalition of Education Assistants of Ontario – Dufferin-Peel Educational Resources Workers' Association Coalition of Education Assistants of Ontario – Educational Resource Facilitators of Peel Coalition of Education Assistants of Ontario – Halton District Educational Assistants' Association Coalition of Education Assistants of Ontario – Waterloo Region District School Board Custodial and Maintenance Association (CAMA) Labourers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council (MCSTC) Media Support Specialists' Association (MSSA) Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) representing its Education Support Workers Provincial Schools Authority Teachers (PSAT) with the Provincial Schools Authority Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Unite Here Canada The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has left the provincial discussion table. It is welcome to return to the discussion table at any time. Collective Bargaining Whether or not framework agreements have been reached, collective bargaining still takes place. Collective bargaining is underway in many communities across the province as school boards and unions work towards the settlement of collective agreements, within the context of any applicable framework provisions. Collective agreements, some of which must still be ratified, have already been reached in some boards. These boards include : Bluewater District School Board Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Nouvel-Ontario Conseil scolaire de district du Centre Sud-Ouest Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Greater Essex County District School Board Durham Catholic District School Board Halton Catholic District School Board Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Huron Perth Catholic District School Board Huron Superior Catholic District School Board Lakehead District School Board Niagara Catholic District School Board Northwest Catholic District School Board Ottawa Catholic School Board Rainbow District School Board Renfrew County District School Board Simcoe-Muskoka Catholic District School Board Thames Valley District School Board Toronto Catholic District School Board Waterloo Catholic District School Board Wellington Catholic District School Board York Catholic District School Board Highlights of The Provincial Framework Agreements Salary increases of three per cent for each of the next four years, compounding to 12.55% Additional teachers in an era of declining enrolment, providing for: Targeted class size reductions in Grades 4 to 8 Student Success teachers and Literacy and Numeracy coaches in Grades 7 and 8 Additional arts and specialist teachers Expanded secondary programming Additional education support workers: More custodians to ensure school building maintenance More professional student services personnel, such as child and youth workers to serve students better More elementary school secretaries to address workload issues. Increased student supervision in elementary schools Improved working hours and more professional development for the majority of the province's 22,000 educational assistants No reductions in overall benefits plans, with guaranteed enhancements as of September 2010 Creation of provincial and local joint labour-management mechanisms to sustain good labour relations. Parties that have entered into a Provincial Framework Agreement have mutually agreed to: Work towards a new collective agreement without job action or lock outs by November 30, 2008 Ensure that new collective agreements reflect the provisions of the relevant Provincial Framework Agreement and do not expire until August 31, 2012. Government Support Full funding to support the PDT enhancements is conditional on the filing of new regulations. In December 2008, the ministry intends to seek further regulatory amendments affecting the 2008-2009 school year. For boards to be eligible for full funding of the proposed PDT enhancements, parties would have to sign on to a provincial framework agreement and ratify conforming collective agreements by November 30, 2008. Find more information on the proposed funding enhancements to support provincial framework agreements. Quick Facts The provincial framework agreements to date would apply to 324 collective agreements representing over 120,000 school board and Provincial Schools' employees. The framework agreements cover all unions representing teachers and education support workers in 46 school boards and more than 68 per cent of the collective agreements province-wide. If all school boards and bargaining units in the school sector meet the proposed eligibility criteria, education funding support for Provincial Discussion Table agreements would total $2.5 billion by 2012-13 $1.2 billion for a 2% annual increase in salary benchmarks $0.6 billion for an additional 1% annual increase in salary benchmarks $0.7 billion in additional enhancements. The Ministry of Education projects that there will be 72,000 fewer students in Ontario's publicly-funded schools in 2012-13, compared with 2007-08, due to a decline in the school-aged population. From 2002-03 to 2007-08, the McGuinty government increased its investment in Ontario's publicly funded education system by $3.6 billion. In 2007-08: There were 18,700 more staff in Ontario's publicly-funded school system than five years before, despite a drop of 68,000 students. The average class size was 22.1 in elementary schools (Kindergarten – Grade 8, excluding smaller classes for special education students), while the funded average class size was 22 for secondary schools (Grade 9-12). This doesn't take into account that proportionate to enrolment, elementary schools had 6,100 more Educational Assistants than secondary schools.