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Strengthening Positive Labour Relations

Our Vision

OPSBA believes that teachers and education workers deeply influence a positive and productive learning environment for students and are supported in this role through the peace and stability engendered by successfully negotiated collective agreements.

It is OPSBA’s goal to negotiate fair and equitable collective agreements through the collective bargaining process. Our priority continues to be the improvement of student achievement and well-being. That remains the focus of our bargaining.

Collective Bargaining: Background

Collective Bargaining Status Updates

*as of September 30, 2022

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)

OPSBA received Notice to Bargain from OSSTF on June 6, 2022. On August 25, OSSTF, OPSBA and the Crown reached an agreement on matters to be bargained centrally for OSSTF Teachers.

2019-2022
On April 20, 2020, OPSBA and the Crown reached a tentative settlement of central terms of the collective agreement with OSSTF Teachers.

On May 22, 2020, OPSBA and the CTA announced that the tentative central agreement has been ratified. The ratification process is now complete.

News release: OPSBA Ratifies Settlements Reached with OSSTF Teachers and Education Workers

OSSTF Education Workers

The Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) received Notice to Bargain from OSSTF Education Workers on June 6, 2022. On August 25, OSSTF-EW, the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the Crown reached an agreement on matters to be bargained centrally for OSSTF Education Workers.

2019-2022
On April 20, 2020, OPSBA, the CTA and the Crown reached a tentative settlement of central terms of the collective agreement with OSSTF Education Workers.

On May 22, 2020, OPSBA and the CTA announced that the tentative central agreement has been ratified. The ratification process is now complete.

News release: OPSBA Ratifies Settlements Reached with OSSTF Teachers and Education Workers

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

OPSBA received Notice to Bargain from ETFO on June 13, 2022. Initial meetings have have occurred.

2019-2022

On March 20, 2020, OPSBA and the Crown reached a tentative settlement of central terms of the collective agreement with ETFO Teachers. On April 28, 2020, ETFO provided notice that their members had ratified central terms of the 2019-2022 collective agreement. OPSBA announced the same on the same date.

The ratification process is now complete.

ETFO Education Workers

The CTA received Notice to Bargain from ETFO Education Workers on June 13, 2022. On September 8, ETFO-EW, the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the Crown reached an agreement on matters to be bargained centrally for ETFO Education Workers.

2019-2022
On March 20, 2020, OPSBA and the Crown reached a tentative settlement of central terms of the collective agreement with ETFO Education Workers.

On April 28, 2020, ETFO provided notice that their education worker members had ratified central terms of the 2019-2022 collective agreement. OPSBA announced the same on the same date. News Release: OPSBA Ratifies Settlements Reached with ETFO Teachers and Education Workers

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

The CTA received Notice to Bargain from CUPE on June 3, 2022. Initial meetings have occurred and agreement has been reached on matters to be bargained centrally. On August 26, CUPE filed an application for conciliation with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. This means a conciliation officer will be appointed to assist the parties, but does not put the union in a strike position.

2019-2022
On November 4, 2019, CUPE provided notice that they ratified central terms of the 2019-2022 collective agreement. All four education sectors have also reported to the Crown that they have ratified the central terms. The ratification process is now complete.

OPSBA Statement Regarding Ratification of Settlement with CUPE

Education Workers’ Alliance of Ontario (EWAO)

The CTA received Notice to Bargain from EWAO on July 5, 2022. Five OPSBA boards have membership in EWAO. Initial meetings have occurred.

2019-2022
The CTA received Notice to Bargain from EWAO on May 10, 2019. On September 11, EWAO, the CTA and the Crown concluded discussions regarding the scope of central bargaining, resulting in an agreement.

On December 10, the CTA and the provincial government announced that they had successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with EWAO.

On February 3, 2020, EWAO provided notice that they ratified central terms of the 2019-2022 collective agreement. The three affected education sectors (English public, English Catholic and French Catholic) that have EWAO bargaining units have also reported to the Crown that they have ratified the central terms. The ratification process is now complete.

News Release: OPSBA Ratifies Settlement Reached with EWAO

Ontario Council of Education Workers (OCEW)

The CTA received Notice to Bargain from OCEW on July 19, 2022. The Council of Trustees Associations (CTA), the Crown and OCEW have reached an agreement on matters to be bargained centrally. Eleven OPSBA boards have membership in OCEW. 

2019-2022
The Council of Trustees’ Associations received Notice to Bargain from OCEW on June 24, 2019.

On September 13, OCEW informed the CTA and the Crown that they would file for conciliation on September 16.

On November 15, OCEW announced the results of its local strike votes, with 96% of members voting in favour of central strike action.

On April 4, 2020, OPSBA, the CTA and the Crown reached a tentative settlement of central terms of the collective agreement with OCEW. On May 5, it was announced that all parties had ratified the central terms. The ratification process is now complete.

News Release: OPSBA Ratifies Settlement Reached with Ontario Council of Education Workers


School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA) Review

OPSBA, along with the three other school board/trustee associations, gave a joint submission to the Standing Committee on General Government regarding Bill 92, School Boards Collective Bargaining Amendment Act, 2017, on March 8, 2017. This followed a letter to Minister Mitzie Hunter on Feb. 10, 2017, outlining school board concerns with respect to a number of issues related to the SBCBA.

Stakeholder Consultation Summary

Following the conclusion of the first round of bargaining under the SBCBA, the government consulted with its partners in order to review the Act to see if there were improvements that could be made to the process. On July 4, 2016, the Minister of Education publicly released the summary of those consultations.


Additional information

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