In the education sector, employee representatives (represented by unions), employers (represented by trust associations) and the crown (represented by the Ontario government) are represented by the Collective Education Act. Ontario`s education collective agreements ended on August 31, 2019. However, under the Labour Relations Act, these agreements remain in effect beyond their expiry date until a new contract or parties are in a legal strike/lockout position. The parties are legally obliged to meet and negotiate in good faith. This means that each party must make every reasonable effort to reach a collective agreement. If you want a copy of your collective agreement on paper, talk to your trustee. If you don`t know who your administrator is or how to contact your office, contact the CUPE office near you. All CUPE members work under the protection of a collective agreement called a collective agreement. Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve workplace issues. In centralized negotiations, the Ontario Public School Boards` Association (OPSBA) represents all English public school boards in Ontario (including the TDSB).

The Ontario government, as a promoter of education in Ontario, is also involved in central negotiations. The framework of collective agreements for the education sector includes a two-stage negotiation process involving centralised and local negotiations. Centralized negotiations generally include important monetary and political issues (e.g. B compensation, benefits and paid resignations), whereas local negotiations generally do not concern monetary issues or specific matters to the local board of directors. A strike is a refusal to work, a refusal to work or a continuation of employment, a slowdown or any other concerted activity of workers that aims to restrict or limit their activity. A strike by education workers is any act or activity of education workers that must have the effect of restricting, restricting or impinging on the normal activities of the board of directors or its staff; How schools or programs work or function and the provision of education workers in accordance with the Education Act; or a regulation, including the revocation of services. If conciliation fails, the Minister of Labour may issue a notification informing the parties that it is not advisable to appoint a conciliation committee. This is called the no board report. Once a noboard report is published, parties may not legally strike or suspend until the 17th day following the publication of the no board report. If you have questions about your rights in the workplace, the best person you can talk to is your steward or local leader. You will know the details of your agreement.

For local negotiations, TDSB will negotiate with its nine local bargaining units. These include groups represented by the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation (OSSTF), the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) and the Worker Maintenance, Construction and Trade Council (MCSTC). A lockout is the fact that an employer closes a job, suspends work or refuses to continue hiring a certain number of workers during a labour dispute. As in the case of a strike, written notification, in this case by the employers` bargaining agency, must be filed at least five days before the start of the lockout. Any party may request conciliation at any time after the start of negotiations. During conciliation, the Ministry of Labour is asked to ask a conciliation mediator to meet with the parties and help them reach an agreement.