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TLDSB Labour Situation Updates will be issued and posted to www.tldsb.ca as required.

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We want to keep our students, parents, and school communities informed. We will release labour information updates through the following channels:

Website: www.tldsb.ca
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For information about the labour situation across the province, visit the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association’s Labour Relations page.

Labour Negotiations Updates

A new contract between Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) and its secondary teachers represented by the Ontario Secondary Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has officially been ratified.

School Board and secondary teachers come to an agreement

Parent Letter sent home with secondary students.

Labour Negotiations Update April 14, 2016

On February 4, 2016Trillium Lakelands District School Board sent a letter to the local OSSTF District 15 requesting to move to an interest arbitration. On February 5, 2016 TLDSB received a letter from OSSTF District 15 stating that they do “not agree to refer the outstanding items from collective bargaining with Trillium Lakelands District School Board to interest arbitration.”

Since that time the union has increased sanctions which increasingly are impacting student achievement and well-being. These sanctions include directing secondary school teachers to:

  • boycott the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) which is a graduation requirement for students;
  • refuse to support and participate in graduation exercises;
  • refuse to identify student scholarship and award winners;
  • refuse to attend paid work activities such as staff meeting and TLDSB professional development; and
  • not play an active part in some camps and student activities such as the Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp (TLAC) and the skilled trades Tech-It-Out camp, student promotion meetings, as well credit recovery for students at risk of not graduating.

The key demands include asking for easier access to paid time off. Clarification has been received from both the Ministry of Education and the Ontario Public School Boards Association that this is an item for central provincial bargaining, not local negotiations. The union is also wanting to make it more difficult for principals to conduct performance appraisals every five years. In fact, in the school board’s view, the local union demands are an attempt to override provincial legislation.

Based on the communication shared by the local OSSTF District 15, it is apparent to the school board that the union is misleading teachers about negotiations, their demands, and steps that the Board has taken.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board is increasingly frustrated with the continued and added sanctions directed by OSSTF District 15 and on April 12, 2016, filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board to determine if the teacher performance appraisal (TPA) demands by the union is a legal negotiation position or not.

School Board goes to Ontario Labour Relations Board

Labour Negotiations Update February 4, 2016

Negotiations have broken off between the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and secondary teachers and occasional teachers represented by OSSTF District 15. The provincial mediator called the negotiations off after only a half day of the scheduled 2 days of meetings.

The school board will be requesting arbitration of all outstanding issues. OSSTF continues to demand easier access to time off for teachers during the school year. TLDSB believes increased teacher absenteeism will have a negative impact on student achievement. The union demands also include trying to make it more difficult for principals and the board to conduct performance appraisals of secondary teachers. The union demands in this area would be precedent setting and leave the school board liable to charges that it was not meeting its obligations under the Education Act and Regulations as well as the College of Teachers Act. This is unacceptable to the school board.

The OSSTF local District 15 has indicated that they will increase strike actions which will negatively affect almost 4,900 students who are beginning the second semester of the school year.

TLDSB has a responsibility to ensure high quality education is offered in all schools and classrooms. If OSSTF follows through on their threats, the school board will be reviewing all options for response.

Arbitration Request February 4, 2016

Labour Negotiations Update November 6, 2015

By the end of the day on Monday, November 2, 2015 both the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) had reached contract agreements with the province.

As of November 3, 2015 schools were returning to normal for Trillium Lakelands District School Board support staff and elementary teachers. While the board waits for provincial ratification of the central agreements, they continue to meet with local unions on local contracts.

The Ontario Secondary Schools Teacher Federation (OSSTF) ratified a central collective agreement on September 18, 2015. School boards across Ontario continue to work with local OSSTF on local agreements.

On November 5th, 2015 the local OSSTF initiated strike action in TLDSB secondary schools. Among other things, this means that TLDSB secondary teachers will not be attending staff meetings or professional development. They will not accept any positions of responsibility or distribute documents for the board or the school to students. They will however, complete report cards but with no comments.

TLDSB is monitoring the situation and keeping in touch with boards that are in a similar situation in other parts of the province.

All TLDSB schools remain open as usual during this strike action by OSSTF teaching staff.

Student and staff safety is always our primary concern. We will continue to provide information to parents about any strike action that changes the regular operation of our schools.

Labour Negotiations Update October 28, 2015

Trillium Lakelands District School Board has determined that due to the current labour situation in our 41 elementary schools, progress reports will not be going home with students on November 13th. Kindergarten classroom observation opportunities are also postponed at this time. A Parent Letter will be sent home to with elementary students on Friday, October 30th, 2015.

As of Wednesday, October 28, 2015 elementary teachers are not participating in extra-curricular activities as part of the strike action already in place in Phase 3 of their strike protocol.  All public elementary teachers in Ontario began strike action in the spring as part of contract negotiations through their teacher federation, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). On Monday, September 21, 2015 additional sanctions were added to the elementary teachers strike protocol.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) began strike action on September 10, 2015. On Tuesday, September 29th additional sanctions were added to the CUPE staff strike protocol.

All TLDSB schools remain open as usual during this strike action by ETFO and CUPE staff members.

Student and staff safety is always our primary concern. We will continue to provide information to parents about any strike action that changes the regular operation of our schools.

Labour Negotiations Update October 23, 2015

As of Wednesday, October 28, 2015 the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will add the withdrawal of all extra-curricular activities to the strike action already in place in Phase 3 of their strike protocol.

All public elementary teachers in Ontario began strike action in the spring as part of contract negotiations through their teacher federation, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). On Monday, September 21, 2015 additional sanctions were added to the elementary teachers strike protocol. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) began strike action on September 10, 2015. On Tuesday, September 29th additional sanctions were added to the CUPE staff strike protocol.

All TLDSB schools remain open as usual during this strike action by ETFO and CUPE staff members.

Student and staff safety is always our primary concern. We will continue to provide information to parents about any strike action that changes the regular operation of our schools.

 

Labour Negotiations Update September 29, 2015

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will begin Phase 2 of strike action today. CUPE education workers in TLDSB include: custodial and maintenance workers, office, clerical, and technical workers, and educational assistants. While the union stresses the continuation of student safety, the board will be closely monitoring the situation. Some removal of services include the supervision of students other than assigned students with special needs, reduced maintenance and cleaning of schools, and reduced clerical assistance to school administrators.

For many of our schools the Phase 2 sanctions will necessitate the cancelling of milk and lunch programs as well as some other activities that would normally require the counting of money and making bank deposits.

All public elementary teachers in Ontario began strike action in the spring as part of contract negotiations through their teacher federation, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). On Monday, September 21, 2015 additional sanctions were added to the elementary teachers strike protocol.

All TLDSB schools remain open as usual and elementary extra-curricular activities may continue but not on Wednesdays during this Phase 3 of the work-to-rule strike action.

We will continue to provide information to parents about any strike action that changes the regular operation of our schools. Student and staff safety is always our primary concern.

Labour Negotiations Update September 21, 2015

All public elementary teachers in Ontario began lawful job action in the spring as part of contract negotiations through their teacher federation, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Beginning Monday, September 21, 2015 additional sanctions have been added to the elementary teachers strike protocol.

All TLDSB schools remain open as usual and elementary extra-curricular activities may continue but not on Wednesdays during this Phase 3 of the work-to-rule strike action.

We will continue to provide information to parents about any strike action that changes the regular operation of our schools.

Labour Negotiations Update June 15, 2015

On May 11, 2015, all public elementary teachers in Ontario began lawful job action as part of contract negotiations through their teacher federation, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). As part of this action, teachers have been directed through ETFO to not complete report cards for students. ETFO has required teachers to prepare and submit marks for subjects they have taught as well as maintain contact with parents regarding students and their progress.

Report cards will be sent home this year with students at schools within Trillium Lakelands District School Board. The report card will not be what parents normally see but will include grades and grade placement for next year.

We will continue to provide information to parents about any strike action that changes the regular operation of our schools.

Labour Negotiations Updates May 29, 2015

Today the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario issued a media release stating an update to their job action which will begin on Monday, June 1, 2015 across the province.

Strike action at this time by TLDSB elementary teachers will not impact extra-curricular activities, overnight field trips, and graduations for this year. The job action continues to target Ministry of Education initiatives including report card writing and ministry-related teacher professional development activities.

We will continue to provide information to parents about any strike action that changes the regular operation of our schools.

For more information and updates please continue to visit the school board website, like us on Facebook , and/or follow us on Twitter.

Labour Negotiations Updates May 19, 2015

EQAO Assessments During Labour Disruptions

Due to the current labour action being taken by teachers in Trillium Lakelands District School Board, EQAO will not be sending Grade 3 and Grade 6 assessment materials to our elementary schools. EQAO assessments will not be taking place in TLDSB elementary schools this spring.

The Grade 9 EQAO Assessment of Mathematics will proceed as scheduled.

Parents will continue to be provided with information about any strike action that changes the regular operation of the school.

All labour negotiations information will be posted to our school board website, and shared via our Facebook  and Twitter accounts.

Larry Hope
Director of Education

Louise Clodd
Chairperson

Labour Negotiations Update May 8, 2015

Today the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) issued another news release clarifying the job action by elementary teachers which will begin on Monday, May 11, 2015 across the province.

Strike action at this time by TLDSB elementary teachers will not impact extra-curricular activities, day and overnight field trips, and graduations. It will also not impact school board initiatives such as the Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp (TLAC) and Yearley Outdoor Education Centre excursions.

At this point the job action is targeting Ministry of Education initiatives such as EQAO testing and ministry-related teacher professional development activities.

All TLDSB elementary schools will be open as usual on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Parents will continue to be provided with information about any strike action that changes the regular operation of the school.

For more information and updates please visit the school board website, like us on Facebook, and/or follow us on Twitter

Larry Hope
Director of Education

Louise Clodd
Chairperson

Labour Negotiations Update May 5, 2015

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) issued a news release stating that they will be taking province-wide strike action as of Monday, May 11, 2015. At this time we do not know what this strike action will mean for students and families in TLDSB.  Strike action can include work-to-rule (partial withdrawal of services) or a full strike.

We anticipate that May 11, 2015 will see work-to-rule in TLDSB schools. In this case schools will be open to students. Parents will be provided with information about any strike action that changes the regular operation of the school. For more information and updates please visit the school board website, like us on Facebook, and/or follow us on Twitter.