English Public Elementary Teachers, Boards Unable to Reach a Provincial Agreement Before the Deadline

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English Public Elementary Teachers, Boards Unable to Reach a Provincial Agreement Before the Deadline

Ministry of Education

TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ -
NEWS
Despite a jointly requested five day extension, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) were unable to reach a four-year provincial framework agreement before 11:59 p.m. on December 5th.
ETFO and OPSBA turned down an $800 million increase in compensation and program enhancements by 2012-13, including a 12.55 per cent salary increase over four years.
As a result, English public boards will receive funding to cover salary increases of only two per cent for two years for their elementary teachers. This contrasts with a three per cent annual increase and other enhancements made available by the government.
The government's $800 million offer to ETFO, consistent with deals accepted by Catholic and francophone teachers, included:
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- $559 million to fund a three per cent annual salary increase or
12.55 per cent over four years, bringing the maximum salary to about
$94,600;
- $141 million to reduce teachers' instruction workload by 40 minutes,
from 21.67 hours to 21 hours per week;
- $53 million to hire more teachers in grades 4 to 8;
- $18 million to enhance professional development for elementary
teachers;
- $16 million to increase supervision of elementary students;
- $13 million to improve benefits for teachers and working conditions
for occasional teachers.
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That original offer was still on the table six months after it was first tabled, despite the significant economic changes that have occurred since then.
Teachers' collective agreements expired on August 31, 2008. English public elementary teachers are the only unionized employees in Ontario's school boards not covered by a framework agreement.
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"I am very disappointed that ETFO and OPSBA were unable to reach a provincial framework agreement. We truly value elementary teachers and school boards, and I encourage them to try to work together for the benefit of our students", said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.
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QUICK FACTS
- ETFO first left provincial discussions last May. Unions and trustee
associations had until November 30th to sign on to four-year
provincial framework agreements to be fully eligible for $2.5 billion
in funding enhancements by 2011-12.
- The November 30th deadline for unions and boards to be fully eligible
for funding enhancements was known since May. It was voluntarily
agreed to by the four trustee associations and 22 provincial unions.
- Provincial agreements cover 152,000 of the 210,000 employees in
elementary and secondary schools and 394 of the 475 collective
agreements. Remaining employees and bargaining units are exclusively
English public elementary teachers and occasional teachers
represented by ETFO.
LEARN MORE
Read the government's vision for education
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/energize/index.html).
Find out the latest information on provincial framework agreements
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/nr/08.07/PDT.html) across the
province.
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For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892