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On Board: June 2014 Boards of Education Sector Newsletter


On behalf of the Boards of Education Sector Executive, we are happy to present to you the first edition of your sector newsletter, which we hope will provide you with information and resources to support your work as members of the sector.

As the Sector Executive, we have made a commitment to working with all units, to have our voices heard and to be recognized and valued for the important work we do. We see ourselves as a team within OPSEU that has valuable information to share when it comes to negotiating fair contracts and addressing issues that are common in our daily working lives.

Please make the commitment to get involved in your sector! Contact any of the Executive Members with your ideas, questions, concerns and stories. Collective ideas and active voices benefit us all.

Let’s make the Boards of Education a strong, visible part of OPSEU.

Bill 122 update

Bill 122 has received third reading and Royal Assent and the bill was proclaimed on April 24th. The Bill mandates a central bargaining process as well as a local bargaining process.

OPSEU has been in discussions with other unions to establish a Council of Unions that would secure our position at a Central Table proposed under Bill 122 and we are moving forward to have the government recognize our Council. With the upcoming June 12 election everything related to Bill 122 is currently on hold and we will know more in the coming weeks.

Locals should be preparing for the upcoming round of bargaining (i.e. bargaining surveys,Bargaining Team elections, demand set meetings) but should not book dates with the employer until there is a clearer understanding of the bargaining process.

Sector 3 Locals:

Local 535 Art Gallery Of Ontario
Local 543 Royal Ontario Museum-FT
Local 330 Simcoe County District School Board
Local 614 Rainbow District School Board
Local 663 Moosonee District School Area Board
Local 283 Peel District School Board
Local 423 Ottawa Catholic School Board
Local 283 Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Local 514 York Region District School Board
Local 292 Peel District School Board IT staff
Local 292 Peel District School Board – Media Support Specialists Association

Sector 3 Executive:

Acting Chair Kathy Whipple Local 614
Treasurer Sandy Barker Local 330
Member at large Marco Costa Local 283
Alternate Donna Caissie Local 330
Elected chair (on leave) Lorie St.Amand Local 614

Bringing learning to life, and life to communities!

This Sector 3 newsletter is authorized for distribution by:

OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Acting Chair, Kathy Whipple