In short, collective bargaining protects your rights as education workers. Read your collective agreement again today. Their local collective agreement is full of rights, rights and protection from arbitrary treatment. It is in the interest of each ETFO member to read and understand the agreement and to support the local negotiation process. There are only a few employment-related issues here that would be threatened without collective bargaining: with the transition to central and local collective bargaining, our collective agreement is now in many parts. The central and local collective agreements together constitute completely new conditions. In addition to these documents, there is now the prorogation agreement and the remediation agreement of Law 115. We are working to put them together to create a document, but it is a moving target. Collective bargaining is an ongoing process that is constantly evolving and, over time, enjoys better protection and working conditions for education workers. Teachers` salaries are separate; the current grid is September 2017.
Your headteachers, superintendents and administrators can be well-meaning people who are committed to helping you work. But good intentions do not replace the negotiated, legally enforceable document that clearly sets out your rights in the workplace. As an educator, you are a member of one of the most regulated trades in the province. From the Education Act to the Tea Profession Act to the Teaching Act to the Ontario College of Teachers Act, your chosen profession is overwhelmed on all sides by dozens of laws, regulations and guidelines. The competency allowance has also been increased. The new allowance is mentioned below of the September 2017 liability allowance. The local collective agreement (part B) was negotiated by your local negotiators. The document is in draft form, although it is complete, and contains all the amendments from 2012 to today, as the Board of Directors and the Union have not officially approved the document. In the future, the central and local agreements will be somehow merged into a single document, but because of the victory in Call Bill 115, we have delayed the conclusion of the merger. Because of the victory, there may be changes.
There is a central collective agreement that contains the Settlement Protocol (MoS), the Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) and the articles. The Central Collective Agreement (Part A) was negotiated by our provincial representatives, OPSBA and the Department of Education.