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Deal between Catholic teachers and local board announced

Monday, November 26, 2012   by: Staff





Tentative agreement reached on new collective agreement

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) and the local unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement on Thursday, November 22, 2012.

Details of the agreement won’t be released until after ratification by membership of the local OECTA unit and the HSCDSB Board of Trustees.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with our permanent teachers. Negotiations were productive and respectful and kept the needs of our students front and centre,” said HSCDSB Director of Education John Stadnyk.

“We believe that a fair deal was negotiated for our members within the parameters of the Memorandum of Understanding. The negotiating team hopes to bring it to the membership for ratification on December 11,” said OECTA Local President Marcie Tombari.

The HSCDSB board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the tentative agreement at its December 12 meeting.


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DOMAR 11/26/2012 3:47:46 PM Report

How much more $$$ did they get this time.
Pete B 11/26/2012 4:39:44 PM Report

They obviously got something or they would have been on strike! who cares about the quality of our childrens education! lets make sure the teachers have high salaries!
girlfriend 11/26/2012 5:03:47 PM Report

I am so glad they could work out a deal in these trying times! We appreciate the work you do on the front lines of a world class education system. In a society that does not seem to value your time, effort and skills! Best of luck!
shakespeare 11/26/2012 5:15:21 PM Report

As far as I know, the teachers have accepted a 0% raise in their dealings with the province.
speed7 11/26/2012 7:16:08 PM Report

they did accept wage freezes that's one thing that they willingly accepted yet it was always argued against the fact rather foolishly. I bet more things have been taken away but no matter waht there is always that one or 2 individuals who basically know nothing wanting only to come in a dominate the topic.
When people make it their buisness to research teacher negotiations with their union and continually comment shows just how obsessed and fixated they may be. Reality Check.
I'm In 11/26/2012 9:51:03 PM Report

Pete B: Give all of us on this site your insight of how much a teacher should earn, it sounds like to you want teachers to work for free or less than what they earn today, well they won't and nor should they, so quit bashing teachers. Like a friend of mine said today the government will find money when they want to line their pockets and not pay public servants.
Ron & Ang 11/27/2012 12:00:39 AM Report

Pete B...I can totally appreciate where you are coming from. There is a certain quality of care that is expected when we send our children to school. As a parent who has worked in child and youth care and been underpaid, I am also frustrated that a demand for higher pay is absurd all considered. I have a daughter in grade 5 who minds grade JK/SK students while teachers enjoy their lunch. When I worked a 12 hour shift, I ate lunch with the youth and it was my responsibility to always be with the youth for $12/ hour. Where do you justify that more pay is a reasonable excuse to put our children's education on hold if that demand is not met?
nurse-boi 11/27/2012 7:37:27 AM Report

Dear Pete, Ron and Ang

Where in the headlines did it say that they received a pay raise? I find it particularly interesting when people add information that is not there in some way to justify that someone is over paid. When you want to make a comment do everyone a favour and make it an informed comment, one where you actually review all the information and bring something enlightening to the message board. Pete, just so you are aware I hear the that applications are being accepted to attend university to earn a teaching degree, so give that a whirl, enter the profession and then let us know how much you feel teachers should earn. Ron and Ang not sure but maybe if you do not enjoy your job or feel that you are being under paid quit and find a new job. I have worked in roles were in a 12 hour shift I was responsible for the people under my care and was paid for the full 12 hours not 11.25 hours but the full 12 hours seeing I could not leave the building, guess what I knew that when I took the job! Also, Ron and Ang, curious did you take work home after the 12 hour shift? If either of you bothered to actually follow the preceedings, you would realize that this board met and work with the government to ensure everyone received a fair deal without incurring greater cost while holding students as their priority. Furthermore for those who do not understand how things work in negotiations, negotiations that occur at a local level cannot involve a cost item such as a raise. In the end when there is a collective agreement between the school board and its teachers it must be approved by the Ministery. So, if there was a 'hidden raise' as being implied it would not be approved.
PlasmaX 11/27/2012 1:05:40 PM Report

Not much point in debating about it until the results of the agreement are released.
Pete B 11/29/2012 12:36:26 AM Report

I just dont care for unions, they allow the slacker to earn the same as me the hard worker! I have always worked in an industry that pays you for your job well done, and if you slack you get fired ! I work in an industry that is paying the same today as it did in 1988, its called the Transportation industry,moderate pay for a difficult job, if they made it union then nobody could afford to buy a 2x4 or a sheet of drywall at home depot, the price of fuel kills the owner Operator and imigrants to Canada are driving down freight costs with government tax breaks and grants, yet I still have to struggle to make my payments and maintain my truck and trailer. but i cant strike and say its wrong cause i cant afford it ! so i go out day after day and bust my butt hoping I will have enough left at the end of the month to tuck away for the childerns education! and yes I do believe teachers are over paid !!
Ron & Ang 11/30/2012 11:31:06 PM Report

I did not imply or state that the headlines said anything about a pay rate.It was just an opinion based on the rate of pay they already receive for the little effort and work they do. This has been my experience and I took the opportunity to share it. However, I am humoured by the personal responses telling us to go apply to be a teacher or go find another job. I actually enjoyed my job when I was employed there, it was merily a comparison. Regardless of the preceedings, it's a bunch of political nonsense (in my opinion of course. The concern and focus should be about the quality of care which is obviously lacking given the news about the 9 year old little girl and other little girls being sexually assaulted and harrassed at school.
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