With CUPE settled, Ontario shifts focus to lecturers’ unions. However do not count on offers any time quickly

Now that Ontario training employees have voted in favour of a brand new contract with…

With CUPE settled, Ontario shifts focus to lecturers’ unions. However do not count on offers any time quickly

Now that Ontario training employees have voted in favour of a brand new contract with the Ontario authorities, the main target shifts to the province’s different main training unions.

Contracts expired on the finish of the summer season for the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE), the Elementary Lecturers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Secondary College Lecturers’ Federation (OSSTF), the Ontario English Catholic Lecturers’ Affiliation (OECTA), and the French-language union Affiliation des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO).

CUPE’s cope with the federal government is step one to labour peace between the Progressive Conservative authorities of Premier Doug Ford and Ontario educators, but it surely wasn’t straightforward.

Academic assistants, custodians and different employees represented by CUPE walked off the job and shut down many Ontario colleges on Nov. 4 after the Ford authorities handed controversial back-to-work laws.

The PCs promised to, and did, repeal the invoice days later and the 2 sides finally received again to the bargaining desk. However is the federal government heading for extra contentious negotiations with the province’s roughly 200,000 public faculty lecturers?

Will lecturers get the identical deal?

Larry Savage, a professor of labour research at Brock College, says it is tough to learn an excessive amount of into the CUPE deal when making an attempt to foretell outcomes for the opposite unions. In accordance to Savage, every team of workers has its personal distinct wants and priorities, as does the federal government.

“I believe it’s kind of of an open query what is going on to occur,” he advised CBC Toronto.

“On one hand, you noticed with CUPE an elevated degree of militancy and employees demanding some catch-up provided that their wages have been being eroded by inflation. That is one thing that every one training employees have in frequent,” Savage continued. 

“Then again, I believe there’s a bit of little bit of fatigue round labour disputes.”

Savage says either side are cautious of being blamed for any faculty closures after the prolonged COVID-19 shutdowns.

In the long run, CUPE reached an settlement that the union says comes with a $1-per-hour elevate annually, or about 3.59 per cent yearly, for the typical employee. 

“I think if [teachers] are provided what CUPE was provided, they’re going to take the deal,” Savage mentioned.

Larry Savage, a professor of labour research at Brock College, says he thinks there’s some fatigue with labour negotiations in Ontario proper now. (Sabah Rahman/CBC)

Talking Monday at Queen’s Park, Ontario Schooling Minister Stephen Lecce would not decide to giving lecturers the identical pay elevate

“We’re going to negotiate in good religion on the desk, that is the place that dialogue goes available.”

Though not solely ruling it out, Lecce mentioned the federal government would not intend to make use of the Part 33 However Clause of the Canadian Constitution of Rights and Freedoms, which the PCs invoked when they handed their controversial laws to impose a settlement on CUPE training employees.

The regulation was repealed simply days later, as soon as CUPE referred to as off the walkout it staged in protest.

“We will negotiate. We will keep at the desk. We will work arduous to ship a deal that respects employees and most significantly, respects the pursuits of youngsters,” the minister mentioned.

Talks could go till summer season

No matter negotiating ways are used, talks are nonetheless within the very early phases and are anticipated to final for months. At this level, there isn’t any assure that contracts might be in place earlier than courses finish in June.

In an interview with CBC Toronto, OECTA president Barb Dobrowolski mentioned her union has had fewer than 10 bargaining classes with the federal government since its contract expired. In its final spherical of negotiations, greater than 100 classes have been held earlier than a deal was reached.

“As a lot as I would prefer to assume that by the top of the varsity 12 months we’ll have an settlement, I would not put bets out on that. Typically these talks can take upwards of a 12 months,” mentioned Dobrowolski.

At this early stage, the union says it is happy with the progress negotiators are making.

Karen Littlewood, a particular training instructor from Barrie, Ont., and president of the Ontario Secondary College Lecturers’ Federation, says the tone on the bargaining desk is ‘actually constructive.’ (Ontario Secondary College Lecturers’ Federation)

“To date issues are going nicely within the sense that discussions are respectful. Nevertheless it’s very early to be saying how issues will go down the road,” Dobrowolski.

The union representing Ontario highschool lecturers has additionally had only a handful of bargaining dates with the federal government. Early on, the 2 sides are additionally making progress, in response to OSSTF president Karen Littlewood.

“The tone of the desk is actually constructive. It is collegial. We have managed to log out on some small objects,” Littlewood mentioned in an interview.

“Our desk has been productive and can proceed to work on getting one of the best deal for our members.”