President’s Bargaining Report

Dear Sisters and Brothers;

We have completed two weeks of Work to Rule and YES, we are making an impact.  Not just in our own local, but locals across Ontario. This week, myself and the rest of the Provincial Bargaining Committee are in Toronto attempting to secure a fair Collective Agreement for you. We need to keep the pressure on, and follow the Work to Rule sanctions. Keeping with the sanctions is putting the pressure on local school boards and in turn, they are putting the pressure on their Provincial Bargaining team to start meaningful bargaining.  We are here and prepared to bargain!

As we continue to bargain with Phase Two in full swing, the Provincial Bargaining Support team is preparing for Phase Three, and Phase Three is rotating strikes.  The Provincial Strike Headquarters is fully set up and prepared, and strategies are being made as I write to you.  I will provide details as they become available.

This week the Union was informed that Area Supervisors and Maintenance Supervisors could be coming into your schools and sweeping halls and entrance ways on a case by case basis. They will also be emptying outside garbage cans.  This will not be a regular/daily occurrence.

I would like to challenge each and every member of our proud Local 4153 with the following: #41 of our Work to Rule instructions states “Ask your Area Supervisor and/or Principal or other managers/supervisors for detailed work requests in writing”. So, if they come and ask you to do something…ask them to put it in detailed writing.  With solidarity in mind, I hereby challenge each of you to do this for the rest of the week.

Please continue to check the website for updated bargaining information. This is the easiest and quickest way for the Executive and Negotiating Committees to communicate information to you.  It comes fast and we want all members informed.  If you have any questions or concerns please call any member of your Executive or Negotiating Committees.

In Solidarity,
John Tompa