Tentative Central Agreement


RATIFICATION MEETING


Grand Valley Golf & Country Club


Wednesday, December 18, 2019


6:30 pm Sign In - 7:00 pm Start[membership]


AGENDA:



  1. Review of Tentative Central Agreement

  2. Q&A 

  3. Voting* by Secret Ballot


Results will be communicated when all of the groups in the EWAO/ATEO have ratified.
*Please note that you have to be present to vote. Ballots will be provided at Sign In.


Provincial Bargaining UPDATE
December 10, 2019 - Issue 7
Dear Members:
Please be advised that the Educational Assistants Association as part of EWAO-ATEO has reached a Tentative Central Bargaining Agreement with the Crown/CTA.
A Ratification Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Grand Valley Golf & Country Club. Sign in starts at 6:30 pm, meeting starts at 7:00 pm.
Details of the Tentative Central Bargaining Agreement will be presented on the night of the Ratification Meeting. A vote will be taken after the presentation.
Yours in Solidarity,
Colleen Dietrich Sisson
President - Educational Assistants Association


Provincial Bargaining UPDATE


November 23, 2019 - Issue 6


Dear Members,


I am writing to give you an update as to where we are in the bargaining process and to share information in regards to ETFO and OSSTF job actions.  Our next bargaining meeting will be on December 9, 2019. Many of you have now read that ETFO and OSSTF teachers intend to begin a work to rule campaign on November 26, 2019.


We are Members of the Educational Assistants Association (EAA) and EWAO-ATEO. We are NOT Members of ETFO or OSSTF. As such we are not taking part in their Work to Rule campaign. Hence, for the time being, Members are to continue to report for work and complete all their duties as usual. That being said, the EAA strongly urges you to show your support for ETFO and OSSTF workers next week by:



  • Not VOLUNTEERING to do any of their work or extracurricular activities

  • Not asking students to do their work

  • Joining and supporting their information pickets before or after school or during your lunch breaks

  • Organizing or contributing to collections for snacks or drinks for those picketing

  • Outside of work hours, participating in ETFO and/or OSSTF activities or demonstrations


In the event the EAA decides to initiate a job action or strike in the future, the first step would be to call for a strike vote. Then we would have to give notice of our intention to take action - all of which takes time. This means that you would have a number of weeks to prepare beforehand.


Rest assured that we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the best possible bargaining outcomes for our Members. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns or questions.


Yours in solidarity,


Colleen Dietrich Sisson - President EAA




Provincial Bargaining UPDATE
November 14, 2019 - Issue 5

As you know we are currently in bargaining with the Provincial Government and the School Boards at the Provincial Table as part of EWAO-ATEO (our Provincial Council). We met again with our counterparts on Monday and Tuesday of this week during which time we presented our proposals for changes to our wages, sick pay and benefits (securing additional funding for benefits is particularly important in order to maintain our current benefits plan).Dear Members

As you may know, the Provincial Government recently passed law limiting wages and benefit increases to 1 percent annually.  Additionally, the CUPE table recently accepted an agreement that left things for their Members largely status quo. It is difficult to make meaningful gains at the bargaining table in this climate.
On a positive note, the Provincial Government and CTA have moved off of their initial proposal to reduce our sick days and sick pay and we now anticipate that we will be able to maintain status quo with respect to these items.
Challenges to the Government’s legislation have been announced by many of the Teachers’ Unions. We too are looking into our options to bring such a challenge. We will be sure to apprise you of actions we may take in this regard.  
We are meeting again on November 21, 2019. Local bargaining has not yet started and we do not anticipate doing so until the provincial process is farther along. We have no plans for strikes or job action at this time. We will communicate with you well in advance should our plans change in this regard. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns or questions.
Yours in solidarity,
Colleen Dietrich Sisson - President EAA


Provincial Bargaining UPDATE
October 3, 2019 - Issue 4
Dear Members:
As you know, CUPE Education Sector Employees have announced that they will commence a full strike starting this Monday, October 7, 2019. This means a complete withdrawal of services. CUPE represents some School Boards in Ontario. Their Members include DECEs, Custodians, Librarians, Secretaries and Lunch Supervisors. They do not represent workers in our Board.
This strike does not impact our Educational Assistants Association. To be clear we are not currently on strike. Our Members are to report to work as usual on Monday.
As you know we are currently in bargaining with the Provincial Government and the School Boards at the Provincial Table as part of EWAO-ATEO (our Provincial Council). This past Wednesday we met again at the bargaining table at which time we exchanged bargaining proposals. The proposals from the Crown and School Boards were similar to that which has been reported by other groups; minimal wage increases, reduced sick pay, and reduced job security. Rest assured we are not prepared to accept such proposals.
Our proposal addressed not only wage and benefit issues common to all groups, but also dealt with inequities and challenges that are unique to our Association and our Members.
While we are still early into the bargaining process, we can report that our exchanges with the Government and School Boards thus far have been constructive. Hence we are not contemplating strikes or job action at this time. We will communicate with you well in advance should our plans change in this regard.
Our next large group bargaining meeting will take place on November 12 and November 13, 2019. In the interim EWAO-ATEO, the Crown, and the School Boards will be working to resolve differences via conference call, email and in smaller group settings. We will continue to update you regularly as things progress.
Local bargaining has not yet started and we do not anticipate doing so until the Provincial process is farther along. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns or questions.
Yours in Solidarity,
Colleen Dietrich Sisson
President - Educational Assistants Association


Provincial Bargaining UPDATE
September 25, 2019 - Issue 3
Dear Members:
As you know, our Educational Assistants Association, as part of EWAO-ATEO, has now finalized its Scope Agreement with the School Boards and Provincial Government. Our next bargaining meeting will be on October 2, 2019 at which time we will be exchanging bargaining positions.
Many of you have now read that CUPE intends to begin a Work to Rule Campaign as early as next week. We are Members of the EAA and EWAO-ATEO. We are NOT Members of CUPE. As such we are not taking part in their Work to Rule Campaign. Hence, for the time being, Members are to continue to report for work and complete all their duties as usual.
In the event that we decide to initiate a job action or strike in the future, the first step would be to call for a strike vote. Then we would have to give notice of our intention to take action - all of which takes time. This means that you would have a number of weeks to prepare beforehand.
Rest assured that we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the best possible bargaining outcomes for our Members. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns or questions.
Warm regards,
Colleen Dietrich Sisson
President - Educational Assistants Association


Provincial Bargaining UPDATE


September 11, 2019 - Issue 2


Dear Members:


 As you know we are currently in Bargaining with the Provincial Government and the School Boards at the Provincial Bargaining Table as part of EWAO-ATEO. EWAO-ATEO is the Counsel of Unions we created pursuant to the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act in 2014, to protect our place at the Provincial Bargaining Table.


This past Tuesday, September 10, 2019, EWAO-ATEO reached an agreement regarding the Scope of Provincial Bargaining - that is we came to an agreement on the topics that will be negotiated with the Province  (Provincial or Central bargaining) and those that will be bargained directly with our School Board (Local Bargaining).


We will be meeting again with the Province on October 2, 2019, to exchange proposals. Local Bargaining has not yet started and we do not anticipate doing so until the Provincial process is farther along.


We have no plans for strikes or job action at this time. Rest assured that we will communicate with our Membership well in advance should our plans change in this regard.


There has been some confusion amongst Members around what is happening with CUPE and I want to emphasize that We Are Not CUPE. CUPE is moving toward job action in response to the challenges they are facing at their Bargaining Table.


Please do not hesitate to contact the office should you have any concerns or questions.


Sincere regards,


Colleen Dietrich Sisson
President - Educational Assistants Association




Dear Members:
The purpose of this message is to provide an update regarding bargaining. We are at this time in meetings with representatives of the School Boards and the Government through EWAO-ATEO (the organization through which we bargain at the Provincial Table). The purpose of these meetings is to determine the issues that will be bargained Provincially vs Locally. We anticipate this process taking several more days.
If we are not able to settle these issues by the end of next week then we will be applying to the Labour Relations Board for a resolution. Once this process is complete we will exchange proposals and enter into formal negotiations regarding the Collective Agreement.
Because we are still early into this process, we have not yet determined whether a Strike Vote or Job Action will be necessary.
Please know that we will communicate with you well in advance should we determine down the road that a Strike Vote or Job Action is necessary in order to achieve our bargaining objectives.
To date, discussions have been productive and civilized and we expect that to continue.
Please do not hesitate to contact the office should you have any concerns or questions.
Sincerely,
Colleen Dietrich Sisson
President
Educational Assistants Association [/membership]

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