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Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) Central Agreements Now Ratified

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Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) Central Agreements Now Ratified

Ministry of Education

The central agreements with teachers and education workers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) have been ratified by school boards and the union and agreed to by the Government of Ontario. OSSTF represents almost 28,000 teachers from grade 9 to 12 in the English public-school system, and almost 16,000 education workers across the province.

The central agreements with OSSTF teachers and education workers demonstrate the government's commitment to reaching deals that protect our children's futures and invest in their potential. The government also agreed to ratification of agreements with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) on November 4, 2019, the Education Workers' Alliance of Ontario (EWAO) on February 4, 2020, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) on April 8, 2020, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) on April 28, 2020, the Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW) on May 4, 2020, and Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) on May 8, 2020.

These agreements were reached while respecting taxpayers, students and families, and recognizing the important contributions of front-line workers in our education system.

Collective agreements between school boards and OSSTF bargaining units include both central and local terms. The central terms are now resolved. In order to complete the collective bargaining process, local terms need to be reached between each school board and its OSSTF bargaining units.

The three-year collective agreements will be effective September 1, 2019 through to August 31, 2022.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CENTRAL AGREEMENT WITH TEACHERS

Compensation and benefits: Under the agreement, OSSTF teachers will receive a one per cent increase to wages and salaries per year, for three years. Consistent with Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019, the agreement allows for annual inflationary increases to the funding for members who are eligible for benefits and for a one-time payment up to three percent of annual funding if the Employee Life and Health Trust's (ELHT's) surplus falls below a certain threshold, for benefit maintenance.

Support for Students Fund: Total system priorities investments in the amount of approximately $44.7 million over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. The fund shall be allocated to create additional teacher positions to provide school boards with more flexibility to address special education, mental health initiatives as well as unique learning needs. In addition, OSSTF teachers will receive funding of approximately $28.6 million over two years to support Adult Day Schools.

Class size: Provincial funding and legislated class size restrictions provide for an average class size of 23 for students in grades 9-12 for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, which is effectively the same as the 2019-20 school year.

Online learning: The government is moving forward with a requirement that Ontario students entering Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year complete two mandatory online learning courses in order to graduate. Exemptions to the requirement can be made for reasons such as accommodating individual students with learning needs, students who have issues accessing technology and newcomers to Ontario who enter secondary school after Grade 9. The request for an exemption can be made by a parent/guardian or the student who has reached the age of 18 through an opt out process.

Address absenteeism and reduced sick leave usage: The agreement includes a measure to reduce the impact of routine medical and dental appointments during the school day.

Health and safety: Renewed mandate for the Provincial Working Group on Health and Safety to continue their work, meeting, sharing resources, and making recommendations. Teachers will be provided with one half-day of violence prevention training in each of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

Hiring practices: OSSTF formally recognized the government's prerogative to create, amend, or revoke hiring practice regulations in the education system, including O. Reg 274/12.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CENTRAL AGREEMENT WITH EDUCATION WORKERS

Compensation and benefits: Under the agreement, OSSTF education workers will receive a one per cent increase to wages and salaries per year, for three years. Consistent with Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019, the agreement allows for annual inflationary increases to the funding for members who are eligible for benefits and for a one-time payment up to three percent of annual funding if the Employee Life and Health Trust's (ELHT's) surplus falls below a certain threshold for benefit maintenance.

Support for Students Fund: Total system priorities investments in the amount of approximately $40.54 million over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. The fund shall be allocated to create additional education worker positions to provide school boards with more flexibility to address special education, unique learning needs, mental health initiatives and employees who play a role in promoting safe, healthy and caring schools.

Full day kindergarten and class size: The government is committed to maintaining full-day kindergarten and retaining the existing staffing model.

Address absenteeism and reduced sick leave usage: The agreement includes a measure to reduce the impact of routine medical and dental appointments during the school day.

Health and safety: Renewed mandate for the Provincial Working Group on Health and Safety to continue their work, meeting, sharing resources, and making recommendations. Education Workers will be provided with one half-day of violence prevention training in each of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

Priorities and partnerships fund: Education workers will receive a one-time grant in the amount of $500,000 to support apprenticeship opportunities.

Community use of schools funding: Funding in the amount of $58,000 per school year will be maintained to continue staffing schools with OSSTF custodians during community use.

Professional development: School boards will be provided a one-time grant in the amount of $1.5 million to support education workers' professional development.

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