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2012-12-21 at 17:00

Separate school board ratifies labour agreement

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THUNDER BAY -- The Catholic School Board is looking at labour peace.

The Board has announced its reached an agreement on a new two-year contract with both its elementary and secondary teachers.

Trustees signed off on the agreement at a special meeting Wednesday, while the teachers ratified the deal Thursday.

Meanwhile, Ontario's Elementary Teachers Federation has made a new offer to the province.

It says if the education minister agrees to not impose any new contracts on them prior to the election of a new Premier, it will cease all rotating strikes .


(Thunder Bay Television)

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The Beaver..... says:
Kind off meaningless isenet..kind of like help i am still has to go to Toronto.
12/21/2012 5:14:39 PM
Tiredofit says:
Nice to see common sense prevail at the Catholic Board
12/21/2012 5:38:23 PM
MIZ says:
Once again the spoiled Catholic Board gets what they want.....
12/21/2012 6:17:31 PM
fan says:
"spoiled Catholic Board..." ? Your conjectural response requires clarification-specifically, what do you mean?
12/22/2012 11:05:10 AM
imhere says:
How can you call them spoiled when they took what they were offered? The Catholic board are not the spoiled ones here.
12/22/2012 8:44:51 PM
mcnorth says:
Perhaps he is referring to the disparity in funding between the two school boards? Catholic school boards get from 5 to 10% or even more per student than Public boards do. Varies by region, but there is a disparity.
12/28/2012 2:15:41 AM
captain says:
After telling us that collective bargaining is out the windeow, two more teachers unions sign agreements.

Now this Ontario union want the Minister to make them a guarantee or they will strike, after telling the public that strikes were not allowed. Who is running this gong show for the unions and why are the union members just being sheep, herded along at their union's bidding.

isn't this the same union that threatened their members with fines if they did not show up for strike duty.

No wonder the gov't has said enough with these groups.

Good on the catholic board and union for following the process and NEGOTIATING a settlement.

I am sure the Ontario union will tell us again how this is about the kids and about how they are trying to protect bargaining rights for all union members in Ontario.

It seems that other teacher unions do not agree them
12/22/2012 7:44:46 AM
Thor Odinson says:
Let's not kid ourselves over how the government got the Catholic Boards to agree.

"Do you like having a separate, tax-funded school system? You do? Well then, just sign here."

When the government holds the very existence of the board over them like the Sword of Damocles, it's pretty hard for them not to agree.
12/22/2012 11:50:51 AM
advocate says:
It would be illegal for the government to shut down the Catholic Board.
12/22/2012 1:36:29 PM
mcnorth says:
Not true. Quebec and Newfoundland once had denominational school systems, all it takes is a constitutional amendment to permit Ontario to eliminate denominational schools. Only took Newfoundland four months to eliminate their Catholic board. Ontario could easily do it.
12/28/2012 2:22:36 AM
stugots says:
That has to be the most ridiculous speculation I've heard.

1) It's virtually impossible for the gov't to bring a bargaining chip of such monumental proportions to the table in secret. Merging the 2 school systems would be a watershed in the history of education in this province (whether good or bad) and there's no way the gov't decided on that prior to negotiations and kept it a secret.

2) If the gov't thought it was a cost saver, then they could just merge the boards, save money and be done with it. The fact that the gov't didn't means that either there's more support for the Catholic system than they're willing to risk, or the savings just aren't there.

3) The gov't could have used the one school board model as a bargaining chip with the public school unions (OSSTF & ETFO). Once you dissolve Catholic schools, no need for the Catholic union. Both public unions would stand to gain around 20000 members each.

If you're going to be a conspiracy theorist think before you write.
12/22/2012 8:23:17 PM
tsb says:
It's time to abolish church controlled schools. And tax the church.
12/22/2012 3:57:20 PM
fan says:
Or perhaps, Catholic teachers and the system that supports them, think past dollars and cents...???? aka, professional commitment; ....perhaps....
12/22/2012 6:25:23 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Maintaining two school systems is expensive, divisive, racist, and dinosauricle.
12/23/2012 10:38:26 AM
fan says:
"Maintaining two school systems is expensive, divisive, racist, and dinosauricle"
The use of invented language (dinosauricle) matches your invented logic.
12/23/2012 2:16:34 PM
razor_burn says:
Actually that's a real word. Look it up.
12/24/2012 11:12:16 AM
fan says:
I did look it up; dinosauric is a word, dinosaurical is not....; but dinosaurical does rhyme with comical which describes Badger Mountain Hermit logic;
12/24/2012 12:11:41 PM
loveflower says:
It seems like everyone is complaining about the catholic bored they are the ones taking the deal and not throwing a temper tantrum. Also my son is getting a way better education with the catholic school then I ever did through the public bored. And us as parents have to change what school bored we pay taxes on plus our teacher's never walked out making our kids first this is what teaching our kids are about right? is putting them first.
12/24/2012 7:09:17 AM
mcnorth says:
OECTA included the "me too" clause in their agreement. Essentially, it means anything any other union manages to negotiate - well then they get it also. So they get all of the benefits and do none of the bargaining. All just PR folks - make themselves look like the good guys. Pretty slimy if you ask me.
12/28/2012 2:05:09 AM
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