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Ontario moves to repeal Bill 115 after new agreements imposed

Thursday, January 03, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

GOVERNMENT
OF ONTARIO

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New agreements for teacher and support staff introduced – Bill 115 to be repealed

McGuinty Government putting students first – Fair and balanced collective agreements introduced, Putting Students First Act will be repealed

Ontario is moving forward with the implementation of collective agreements for all teachers and support staff that meet the province's fiscal targets while protecting the classroom experience and the gains made in education.

All new contracts are retroactive to September 1, 2012 and will expire on August 31, 2014.

Today, Laurel Broten, minister of education, approved all 65 locally negotiated and ratified  agreements submitted by school boards prior to the December 31, 2012 deadline set out in the Putting Students First Act. 

CUPE has been given until January 14 to ratify 110 local agreements.

Through an Order In Council, the Lieutenant Governor in Council - on the advice of the Minister - has implemented contracts for all school boards and unions that were unable to deliver ratified and approved collective agreements by the deadline.

This does not include those that have received an extension until January 14 for local ratifications.

The authority to put in place contracts after December 31, 2012 is granted under the Putting Students First Act.

The Putting Students First Act was introduced and passed by a majority of the House to ensure that we could maintain the progress we've made in our schools and minimize labour disruption during the extended negotiation period.

The Putting Students First Act has now accomplished this goal.

Therefore, following the ratification period for CUPE and before the end of the month, the Minister of Education will move to repeal the Act.

The McGuinty government is committed to protecting the gains Ontario has made in education while taking steps to eliminate the deficit.

The collective agreements announced today ensure the government can meet its fiscal goals while continuing to rollout full-day kindergarten, maintain smaller class sizes and protect 20,000 teaching and support staff jobs.

Quotes

“I want to commend and congratulate those school boards and union locals who negotiated agreements that met our fiscal plan. Others will benefit from the terms of the negotiated agreement between the government and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association. I would ask everyone, especially teachers, to look carefully at the agreements being brought forward today. Our teachers remain among the best paid in Canada and their benefits remain generous. Teaching continues to be a rewarding career for thousands of dedicated professionals, and we will continue to invest in young teachers and reward their academic achievements and experience. By working together, we can continue to ensure Ontario schools are among the best in the world.” - Laurel Broten, minister of education

Quick facts

Under the Putting Students First Act, the local collective agreements put in place are based on the terms of the negotiated agreement between the government and OECTA and other memoranda of understanding signed before August 31, 2012.

The new contracts will save the province $250 million in 2012-13, growing to $540 million in 2013-14. This is in addition to one-time savings of $1.1 billion with the elimination of banked sick days.

Contract negotiations with unions representing teachers and support staff have been ongoing since February 2012. Through that process, 55,000 teachers, 4,000 support staff and 55,000 CUPE educational workers have negotiated agreements that meet the government’s fiscal goals while supporting student achievement.

Learn more

Approved collective bargaining agreements.

Order In Council collective agreements.

Read here for a chronology of labour discussions.

Learn more about the Putting Students First Act.

Check out Ontario's 2012 Progress Report outlining the government's achievements in publicly funded education.

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Slick Nick 1/3/2013 11:03:05 AM Report

I wish people would see that this doesn't just involve teachers. It involves all union members of CUPE which is nurses, healthcare aide workers ect.. No to Bill 115
Newsjunkie 1/3/2013 11:06:47 AM Report

Collective agreements? I think Broten needs a dictionary.

Newsjunkie 1/3/2013 11:09:09 AM Report

SlickNick - Laurel Broten has agreed to repeal BILL 115 by the end of the month. However, nothing stops them from bringing forth a NEW BILL for the next workforce they attack! Best wishes to all of you.
I'm just sayin' 1/3/2013 11:10:33 AM Report

Sneaky move right before elections...
Ginga 1/3/2013 11:35:05 AM Report

This is wrong in so many ways. I hope unions continues to fight. I work in a nonunion place we have no rights they can do what they like we have no sick days Our jobs could disappear tomorrow and we have no rights. And as far as the board goes they should do their own cutbacks they spent hundreds of dollars ordering food when they can bring a lunch think about the ways that they could save money to stop putting it all on the unions.. Fight against Bill 115 This may be the job that our next-generation wants to do but why Without unions it'll be just another dirt job. For the support workers that clean them and look after thr schools the government would love to contract these jobs out and only pay minimum-wage. Canadians let's Continue to fight
TankGirl 1/3/2013 11:55:07 AM Report

They can no longer bank sick days and are not getting a raise other than newer teacher increases. Good. Ontario can't afford to continue increasing pay to the highest paid teachers in North America.
Point Blank 1/3/2013 12:29:19 PM Report

I don't generally support the Liberals (or NDP, for that matter), but they have my support on this!
Oldie Goldie 1/3/2013 1:00:01 PM Report

I don't think that they can Repeal Bill 115 without bringing all the M.P.P.s back and reconvening the Parliament.

Before all this happens the Government will have lost Bill 115 in the Courts and they will be back to square one.

They would like to repeal it before they lose it in the Courts but it won't be done in time.

British Columbia already lost a similar Bill in the Courts so a precedence has already been established in the Court System.

What a mess there will be when the Courts throw out Bill 115.

The Liberals and Conservatives in Ontario should have thought about this before they brought in Bill 115.
Oldie Goldie 1/3/2013 1:00:48 PM Report

I don't think that they can Repeal Bill 115 without bringing all the M.P.P.s back and reconvening the Parliament.

Before all this happens the Government will have lost Bill 115 in the Courts and they will be back to square one.

They would like to repeal it before they lose it in the Courts but it won't be done in time.

British Columbia already lost a similar Bill in the Courts so a precedence has already been established in the Court System.

What a mess there will be when the Courts throw out Bill 115.

The Liberals and Conservatives in Ontario should have thought about this before they brought in Bill 115.
Oldie Goldie 1/3/2013 1:02:26 PM Report

Sorry for the double post but my first post was delayed by Staff so I reposted it.
soapsgranny 1/3/2013 1:06:34 PM Report

I believe it should be repealed, but they have still used it to impose the teachers into contracts. They have taken away the sick days, or rather cancelled all the old held sick days, and no more banking of days,as I understand it. They save money??? I would say "No". Because previously when they could bank these days and collect half in cash when they retired, now each & every teacher will take full benefit of their sick days whether they are sick or not. Thus more supply teachers.. And the most of the people out their crying up a storm over the alternating strikes, were parents who needed a baby sitter!!!Why give the teachers a bad name for our own selfish reasons.. The teachers weren't pulling alternating strikes over money, it was the right to strike and the right to negotiate their own contacts.. This Bill stripped them of that right and though repealed will be dug out and brought back in full force for other Union's , and other contracts.
Justin Tetreault 1/3/2013 1:16:07 PM Report

"I don't think that they can Repeal Bill 115 without bringing all the M.P.P.s back and reconvening the Parliament.

Before all this happens the Government will have lost Bill 115 in the Courts and they will be back to square one.

They would like to repeal it before they lose it in the Courts but it won't be done in time."

They can repeal Bill 115 in a day. It will take years before any court challenges see the inside of a court room.
switchback 1/3/2013 1:44:09 PM Report

TankGirl: Get your facts straight before you make a ridiculous comment like this.

"They can no longer bank sick days and are not getting a raise other than newer teacher increases. Good. Ontario can't afford to continue increasing pay to the highest paid teachers in North America."

They are far from the highest paid educators in North America....not even close.
Ontario can't afford NOT to pay well for qualified teachers !
Ricatoni 1/3/2013 1:44:35 PM Report

This is democracy in North America people get use to it........its called liberals and conservatives putting the blocks to working people ......bill-115 and c-377 in Canada and legislation in the USA against unions is just the beginning off the attack against working people in North America.....This is what idle no more stands for working people standing up to corporate and goverment greed........ it happened back in the day when working people halted production in Windsor Ontario and it spread like wild fire across Canada.Thus bringing forward the rand formula and bringing rights to those of us that have to actually do the work so that corporate CEO's can become billion aires. The only way to stop these politicians and their greedy corporate ways is to hit em were it hurts in the pocket book.......These attacks by goverments against unions and working people only makes us stronger.So thanks for making us stronger and for bringing union and nonunion workers together to fight against this type of dictatorship. Its no wonder harper doesnt stand up to the chinese human rights violations, when his goal is to have the same in his country.........arrogant pompisses.........
Ricatoni 1/3/2013 1:46:58 PM Report

Oh and Tank Girl : your pathetic.........
zick999 1/3/2013 2:18:42 PM Report

TankGirl ... more like highest paid teachers in the world. Not just North America.
golfnuttt 1/3/2013 2:30:08 PM Report

Switchback / Ricatoni
So then who are the highest paid teachers in North America? I too have heard Ontario ranks among the highest paid.......
zick999 1/3/2013 2:32:39 PM Report

Does this mean that the teachers can't go on strike as well ... or can they still? And if so, are the teachers going to strike to the end of June from 9 to 3 each day with an hour lunch and over an hour prep time in between ... and then complain they had to work after hours putting signs together for the strike with overtime pay LOL. Or will they strike like a normal human being from 9 to 5.

I am for the first time in my life proud of a government that stood up to teachers even though it means losing votes and probably an election. Although, i'm not very proud of all the other stuff they did like OLG and Energy.
mac2 1/3/2013 2:41:29 PM Report

i am not familiar with the bill itself, but on a positive note, canada has one of the top education systems in the world. why are the cuts necessary? why is canada in such debt that we have to make these cuts? i think that is where the real problem is. i would like to see canada stay up there with some of the top education in the world!
blue diamond 1/3/2013 2:52:40 PM Report

This is more than teachers..WHO IS NEXT?

questions

1. did the government not open up the contracts of police and firemen a year early to keep them out of this???

2. In the 2013 2014 school year are teachers not getting 3 unpaid days which they must attend school for? Is that not A WAGE DECREASE ON TOP of WAGE FREEZE???

3. So people realize extra curricular is free/ unpaid/ voluteer time given with no pay???

So I guess all these parents who are complaining about this will be "Putting Students First" and come in and volunteer to do the extacurricular activities? I hope while they are doing this, they keep an eye out to see if the ONT. GOV. is stripping their right too.

This is a no win for all. Teachers do not want to do this, but they have nothing left.

We must realize that teachers put a lot of time and money into their education and should get due respect. We hear more compaining about teachers than let's say...Doctors, Police, Dentists, Nurses, Firemen. I believe due respect for any professional is due as they did without to become properly trained to assist in their choosen field. I know I do not want to go to an untrained or undertrained Dentist.

Sure teachers have good pay and pensions. But compared to some of those paid at the local steel mill they really are in some cases making less but have more invested in education and further courses required. As for their pension I believe they pay about 13 % of their annual salary toward it. (Maybe they were smart enough to create Ont. Teacher Pension Plan to wisely invest....it is one of the biggest movers and shakers on the Toronto Stock Exchange)

Just food for thought.

little lulu 1/3/2013 3:00:54 PM Report

I am so happy to see much more support for the teachers now! I'm also glad that sootoday added "after new agreements imposed" as it wasn't there originally....For those of you who still want to talk about money and vacation and blah blah blah...maybe it would help if you read some of the contents of the bill....and tell me that what is being done is democratic...
Terms and conditions of contracts of Bill 115:

- The Ontario Labour Relations Board is prohibited from inquiring into whether this act is constitutionally valid, or if it is in conflict with the Human Rights Code.

- No arbitrator or arbitration board is permitted to inquire into whether this act is constitutionally valid, or if it is in conflict with the Human Rights Code.

- No terms or conditions included in a collective agreement under this act may be be questioned or reviewed in any court.

- All teachers are subject to a two year pay freeze.

- A restructured short-term sick leave plan that would include up to 10 sick days.
- No salary increases in the 2012-2014 school years.

- All teachers will receive a 1.5% pay cut in the form of three unpaid professional development days (PD days).
Oldie Goldie 1/3/2013 3:10:32 PM Report

Yes, Justin, they can repeal Bill 115 in a day but they have to re-open Parliament to do that and there are ways of stalling in the Legislature.

Who pays all the Court costs and repayment of losses to the people affected after a defeat in the Courts ?

The Government in power will have to do that and it won't be the Ontario Liberals.

What a sneaky way to get what they want and make someone else pay !

Typical Ontario Liberal tactics.

You should know that, Justin !
Point Blank 1/3/2013 3:15:22 PM Report

It's not hard to tell which of you are either teachers, or, unionized workers. Hopefully, you're not at work and getting paid while you rant on this site about your right to "bring down the establishment" and "billionaire CEO's" - who, by the way, are the ones that invest much of the capital, take the risk and run the businesses that employ many of you!
Perhaps you should look into the amount of money being paid to your own union executives. You might be surprised to find that they too are living pretty high off your union dues. As a matter of fact, they are probably as top heavy and bureaucratic as some of the corporations that they (and you) oppose!
Anyway, I digress.
I'm not completely opposed to unions. I suppose they can have some usefulness in collective bargaining - for industry.
I am, however, completely opposed to teachers unions using our children's education as a bargaining chip. And, whoever said something about parents being upset about losing the teachers as "babysitters" doesn't know what they are talking about. You are either very simple minded, or, you care very little for the well being of our (and perhaps, your) children!
I couldn't care less if the teachers, or any other union, for that matter, chooses to collectively negotiate their contracts. Just don't do it in any way where the rest of us get disadvantaged, for your benefit! I'm tired of paying, or giving up, more and more so that the greed of some unions can be realized.
I believe that people should be rewarded for above average effort and productivity, not because they threaten to walk off the job!
And with teachers in particular...they should not be allowed to strike, at all! They should be declared an essential service. Because, after all, isn't the education of our children essential?
Oldie Goldie 1/3/2013 3:20:59 PM Report

little lulu--You have stated the very reasons why this action needs to be taken to Court.

The Teachers are not taking the details to Court but the Violation of the Ontario Labour Laws that allow Collective Bargaining.

The Ontario Labour Relations Board may not do what you say but the Teachers and their Lawyers can and will and have already started the action in the Courts and will win, eventually---even if the Courts take years to do it !
mac2 1/3/2013 3:23:20 PM Report

just wondering, if anyone could shed some light on why canada is in such debt, and is going deeper and deeper in debt, and maybe this is why everyone keeps having to take cuts?

or is this wrong?
Oldie Goldie 1/3/2013 3:23:46 PM Report

Just the fact that the Ontario Liberals--with the support of the Ontario Conservatives----want to. now, repeal Bill 115 should show anyone that it was wrong in the first place.
TankGirl 1/3/2013 3:47:26 PM Report

Hahaha. You can tell me I'm wrong all you want. Prove it. I can find everything I need to prove they are among the highest paid. Can you prove otherwise?

Also, it is now illegal for the teachers to strike so don't expect to see more strikes. (Somebody asked)

Also, I don't care about after school activities or sports. If I have to give that up to support the government on this measure, so be it.

mac2 - yes, this is the reason the teachers were told no more money. WE can't afford it anymore.
little lulu 1/3/2013 4:06:25 PM Report

Tank girl, why are you fixated on the money issue??? Have you done ANY research on this topic aside from reading government issued statements?? Did you read my above post that actually outlines some of the bill? IS this the kind of place you want your children to work in the future? A place that dictates contracts and bullies people into doing what best suits their interests?? For the last time...TEACHERS DO NOT WANT MORE MONEY!!!!!
TankGirl 1/3/2013 4:28:44 PM Report

I have read the Bill, read comments from suporters, comments from teachers. I am very knowledgable on the subject, actually.

Teachers claim it isn't about the money but, teachers actions tell a different story. The public isnt blind. Your union leaders are liars.

They had almost a year to negotiate before Bill 115 came to be. Why couldnt an agreement be reached? MONEY!

I question YOUR knowledge on what you think the reason for the strikes was.

TankGirl 1/3/2013 4:31:12 PM Report

Teachers and supporters keep playing the "its not the money" card and that it is about rights being violated. LIES!

Did you read the imposed contracts? What did teachers lose besides MONEY? The Bill is going away. Whats left?
TankGirl 1/3/2013 4:36:31 PM Report

And what did they think was going to happen?? The Government was just going to cave and take out loans at high interest or worse, shove the increases on the tax payers who are already over taxed to pay for additional raises and banked sick pay outs for teachers who already are among the highest paid?

It was never going to happen and the Union leaders in this case did a terrible job. They should be embarassed.
Zarm27 1/3/2013 4:57:08 PM Report

I wonder how long it will be before the teachers unions start striking again...
little lulu 1/3/2013 5:35:58 PM Report

Tank girl,
I am sorry but I don't believe for a second that you are very knowledgeable on the subject, but rather very knowledgeable on your own agenda and any information that further supports your jaded view points. There are MANY things within a contract to negotiate (benefits, leaves etc.) aside from money, and now teachers are left with what the government has set out....exactly the same contract they set out almost a year ago....without an opportunity to NEGOTIATE!! Their stance was take it or we will impose it...and that's exactly what they did!!
TankGirl 1/3/2013 5:54:32 PM Report

You can doubt all you want. Your view of what I know or think really has no impact on me does it?

I am aware of all things involved in a contract. I am only focusing on the points raised throughout the last year that were the changes made to the contract. No need to cloud it with the points in the contract that were remaining the same. That's something the teachers Union leadership has been doing.

Again, what are you supporting exactly? What did the teachers want if not money? Why do they claim this is about rights when these rights were not impeded for almost a year prior to Bill 115?

Nobody was refused the right to negotiate prior to Bill 115. Hence why over 100,000 contracts were signed prior to Bill 115. The reasonable portion of the teachers who understand this Province cannot afford what the teachers have been used to for the last 9 yrs happily signed their contracts. Why didn't the rest? What stopped them?

Answer those questions and I might care a little bit about your opinions and comments. Until then, no thanks.
TankGirl 1/3/2013 5:58:08 PM Report

Something to note...there are teachers who agree with the Governemnt but, cannot do anything but fall in line with the union due to fear of backlash.
TankGirl 1/3/2013 6:03:48 PM Report

Watching CTV news right now. They stated they are indeed the highest paid in North America and they removed the option to bank sick days and stopped further raises until 2014. The Bill is being repealed so its gone. And it is now not legal for teachers to strike.

Is CTV wrong?
hermie3000 1/3/2013 8:00:54 PM Report

THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO REALIZE THAT THIS BILL 115 IS NOT ONLY AFFECTING TEACHERS BUT ALSO SUPPORT STAFF, WHO ARE NOT EVEN MAKING 30,000 A YEAR, AND CAN'T REALLY AFFORD TO HAVE THEIR WAGES FROZE!
KFM 1/3/2013 8:36:00 PM Report

Just some fun facts the this government does not want the public to realize.

- the average teachers wage is around 56,000, a far cry from the 94,000 they keep pushing as a teachers wage. This will drop dramatically in the next few years due to the next round of retirements coming up, mostly because of all the BS the goverment is spotting.

- sick day gratuity payouts are still being paid to the teachers who had that as a part of thier agreements before the 1994, 1995 years. The majority of teacher DO NOT have this. Yet the goverment makes it sound as if we all still did.

- sick day costs will infact increase dramatically this year and next. Why? Because people will be using them up, you impose a use them or lose them on a working group, what do you think will happen. We infact still have 120 days still available with this as well. But this is suppose to save money!

- the liability they claim the sick days put on the government purses are infact just on paper. The only way these cost would ever be realized is if every person took every day of sick days available at the same time and used them to complesion. I don't know about you but that is an absalute rediculous scenario, but yet they claim it as a 1.4 billion dollar liability.

Just saying, some of the facts are give out to promote thier ajenda in misleading the public.

Now why would this government wantbto do this. Ask the companies that bank roll them, who would gain the most by restricting colective barganing? How many of you will be bit next.

Just a little food for thought.
Tommy2Toes 1/3/2013 9:01:53 PM Report

I'll take the job with this new contract if the teachers don't want it...lots of other qualified people will as well. As important a job as teaching is, it is also a watered down talent pool...too many people for too few jobs.
Point Blank 1/3/2013 9:34:48 PM Report

Just a quick thought. Aren't sick days supposed to be used if you are sick? What's with this "use them or use them", just because you have them attitude.
In my opinion, it's quite simple...if you're sick - stay home, if you're not - be at work!
Point Blank 1/3/2013 9:36:53 PM Report

Correction...should be - they seem to have a "use them or LOSE them" attitude. (typo - sorry)
KFM 1/3/2013 10:00:22 PM Report

Point blank, you missed my point, the bankable days where used responsably for most. Why change something that in reality was not the liability they have created. The days were there to give a, perishbthe thought, securtity in a drastic illness. I agree in yes they should have been cut in half to what is are still aloud days of 120. And just think about what you just said, you wouldn't use them if you where given that same senario? If you wouldn't honestly use them then good for you, your the 1 in a 1000 that wouldn't.
Zarm27 1/4/2013 1:28:58 AM Report

If they were to use all their sick days out of spite, I believe it would be a slap to the face of Canada who they've been rallying too for the past couple months to support their fight. This is where the concept of professional etiquette comes into play. Personally I do not agree with many of the benefits the teachers have already gained. I don't back track, so they can keep them.

However when it comes to a group of individuals holding back the education of a country based on their own greed, yes that is a problem.

I've already forgotten the poster claiming they do not on average make the $94k a year, which is correct.

However there are the double dippers who have retired after 25 years and are back in with a new contract while still collecting their retirement. These select few would make more than the $94k cap.

It isn't the only problem currently occurring in our Country, but with this website it does seem to be the most publicized and has a hard bias.

The rest of our country needs to look at the benefits the teachers receive. It's situated towards the unions goals of situating classes based on who you know and how long you've paid dues.

It's a system that is flawed, and should be revamped. Not by the Government, and sure the f*ck not by a Union. Instead it should be considered by the whole country due to the tax payers funds.

Personally, I would like to see it set in stone how much a teacher receives, be it salary or benefits. After it is set in stone, no more increases unless if it's based on the inflation. Which would lead to the elimination of strikes, and the need for a Union which would prevent new teachers from being initiated into the job.
Polis 1/4/2013 10:18:18 AM Report

"A group of individuals holding back the education of a country"???? ...Ah, lots of opinions and not much on real information and facts. In the last 8 years in Ontario, the one day strike just before Christmas 2012 was the ONLY day of lost classes in the province! Parents take their children out of school for vacations more often than that! Other than that, teachers and education workers are doing what they are paid to do. I see many of you are buying the Government spin-doctoring.

J_B 1/5/2013 3:25:15 PM Report

Big warning to all those who were upset about the one day legal strike in December 2012 and all the damage it inflicted on the school kids. In the 2012-2013 school year the government will achieve a "wage freeze" by deducting 3 days pay from all school workers. That includes teachers, principals, secretarys, custodians, cafeteria workers, and yes even bus drivers. The schools will be closed for 3 days in the upcoming year by the government. Yes that means the government has legislated something that is approximately 3 times worse than the December strike. And now the big question...why call it a wage freeze when someone loses three days pay on top of a wage freeze. That's what they call "government accounting" with a made for media news spin.
Ricatoni 1/6/2013 2:03:10 AM Report

why is it management isnt taking any cut backs????????and to all you people who say the unions have way to much remember they negotiated that with their employers who recieved everything they gave to the union workers .Why do you think they gave them these benefits it was only because they knew they would get the same plus more ....but I havnt heard anything about managers getting wage reductions or benefit reductions. as a matter of fact most all got bonuses this year 21 million spent to the top officials in public service.....but hey that ok right??? if I was a teacher I would be booking off steady and racing out the door right at quiting time like the rest of the people in this province.if this is the way people want to treat them I to would turn my back on their kids.....
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