Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

TORONTO, ON — On January 16, 2024, OSSTF/FEESO and ETFO stood before an arbitrator to argue for a good solution to the Ford government’s illegal Monthly bill 124 wage suppression laws affecting community sector employees. Right now, Arbitrator William Kaplan issued his conclusion on a remedy, awarding customers an more 2.75 for each cent payment boost for 2021-2022, for a total amount of 7.25 per cent for the 2019-2022 contract time period. Compounded, the total percentage improve is 7.41, such as the 1 for every cent will increase permitted beneath the unlawful Monthly bill 124. 


The arbitrated award comes 15 months right after Invoice 124 – which the govt realized would cause severe staffing challenges in public companies – was declared unconstitutional by the Courts. 


“This selection reinforces what we have recognized all along our associates have been underpaid and undervalued for decades even though the Progressive Conservatives underfunded general public instruction and shortchanged Ontario’s learners,” stated OSSTF/FEESO President Karen Littlewood. “In tumble 2023, OSSTF/FEESO efficiently negotiated a special pathway that authorized us to safe an arbitrated remedy for associates in advance of the remaining court determination on Invoice 124. Now, our college board members will ultimately receive a solution for wages that should under no circumstances have been denied to them in the 1st area. We will also continue to battle this illegal laws in courtroom right up until just about every OSSTF/FEESO member has obtained a remedy for wages misplaced.”


Additional ETFO President Karen Brown, “We welcome Arbitrator Kaplan’s conclusion, but realize it does not change the loss of our members’ bargaining legal rights. This arbitration award is a distinct acknowledgement of the egregious, unlawful suppression of wages that intentionally undermined our members’ legal rights and livelihoods. The Ford government’s unconstitutional attack on public sector personnel should under no circumstances be recurring.”


Today’s award provides to the .75 per cent increases negotiated as a cure in each individual of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 university years, the initial two many years impacted by Monthly bill 124. With today’s award of 2.75 for each cent for 2021-2022, customers will get a compounded 7.41 for each cent increase for those people a few years. These improves incorporate the a person for every cent annual increases authorized less than the unconstitutional Bill 124, which unfairly limited public sector bargaining.  


Additional Littlewood, “The Ford government’s shortchanging of general public education has induced substantial employees recruitment and retention difficulties in Ontario universities. We will now seek to address these sizeable issues via a foreseeable future fascination arbitration approach.” 


“We believe in Arbitrator Kaplan’s selection sends a very clear message to the Ford authorities that they will have to never ever circumvent bargaining or trample on workers’ democratic rights all over again. Personnel have a right to an unrestricted bargaining process. This is certain by the Canadian Constitution of Legal rights and Freedoms and have to be upheld,” explained Brown.


The authorities has 60 days from today to supply afflicted school boards with money to cover the solution owed to eligible OSSTF/FEESO and ETFO users. Faculty boards should difficulty payments to all suitable users no afterwards than 120 times just after the launch of this arbitration determination. The sum each and every member will obtain will differ based on their status all through the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 faculty years. 


ETFO represents about 83,000 members, together with community elementary academics, occasional academics, designated early childhood educators, instruction help personnel, and qualified guidance staff. Details about ETFO collective bargaining is at etfocb.ca.


OSSTF/FEESO, launched in 1919, has about 60,000 members across Ontario. They involve public significant college teachers, occasional instructors, academic assistants, continuing instruction instructors and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant assist personnel, university aid personnel, and many other folks in education.