Nearly a year ago former Premier Dalton McGuinty launched his assault on the members of this Federation. He legislated away our right to free collective bargaining with the passage of Bill 115, then used that anti-democratic law to impose working conditions which strip away important benefits gained through many years of hard fought negotiations.
The members of this Federation gave you a massive mandate to fight for our rights and our collective agreements. We made it very clear in November by rejecting tentative agreements containing those strips that they were not acceptable. Despite the loss of our right to strike we fought on by maintaining our withdrawal from voluntary activities.
Last Friday Provincial Council voted to recommend that we suspend our withdrawal based on “significant progress” in discussions with the new Premier and Education Minister. Sadly, that progress did not address the major strips. The details reveal a best case agreement that is only marginally better than those rejected in November. Such an agreement is very likely to be rejected now.
Accordingly, we, the undersigned members of OSSTF, respectfully request that our leaders “push the pause button” on the current discussions with the province and consult with the membership. Find out what our bottom line is before proceeding further.