Provincial Bargaining UPDATE


November 23, 2019 – Issue 6[membership]


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.Dear Members:


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.[/membership]


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

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