Urgent Provincial Bargaining Update

Dear Sisters and Brothers;

In July, 2015 the OSBCC Provincial Bargaining Committee met and a Request for Appointment of Conciliation Officer was filed under the Ontario Labour Relations Act.  This request was made in an attempt to spark meaningful negotiations between CUPE, the CTA (Council of Trustee Association) and the Government of Ontario.  Since filing this request, a provincial mediator has been assigned to help expedite movement in negotiations.

The OSBCC Provincial Bargaining Committee met again August 13-15, 2015.  In these meetings CUPE met with the Conciliation Officer and on the first day of negotiations, CUPE applied for what is called a “No Board” report.  This means that 55,000 CUPE school board employees will be in legal strike position for the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.  At this point in time we are unsure of what type of job action, if any, we may participate in.

On August 29th your Local Bargaining Committee will attend meetings along with other CUPE Locals across Ontario, to discuss job action strategies which may take place at the beginning of the school year.  Once the Ontario Locals have decided what job action we may participate in, we will inform our members of CUPE Local 4153 on what to expect in the near future.  Although we have applied for a No Board report, your Provincial Bargaining Committee as well as your Local Bargaining Committee will continue to meet with the intent to secure a collective agreement for our members.  The Provincial Bargaining Committee will meet again with the CTA and the Government of Ontario, August 30-31 to continue negotiations.

Please continue to check our website to stay informed of current bargaining information.

In Solidarity,
John Tompa
President