Sector 3 newsletter

Central Agreement Highlights from Sector 3 Divisional Executive

As the central agreement for Education Workers expired on August 31, 2022, we wanted to provide you with this update on Sector 3 Education Central Bargaining.

Sandra Cadeau and Kelly Martin are representing OPSEU/SEFPO members in the Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW).

On August 18, 2022, we met with the Council of Trustees Associations (CTA) and we were able to agree to the ground rules for the Central Bargaining Table.

On September 26, 2022, we met again with the CTA and we were able to agree to the scope of the Central Bargaining Table. This is a document that identifies matters that are included within the scope of central bargaining and Locals are now able to commence local bargaining.

On October 24 and November 28 we met with the CTA to exchange proposals.

Our next bargaining date with the CTA is on December 9, 2022.

Bill 124 ruled unconstitutional by court

We just wanted to provide a quick update about the Bill 124 court decision released on Tuesday, November 29 and what it means for bargaining.

Passed by the Ford government in 2019, Bill 124 capped public sector compensation for hundreds of thousands of workers at one per cent, without regard for inflation or workers’ Charter-protected right to collective bargaining.

abour unions joined together to launch a court challenge against the bill. Now, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has released its decision, saying that the bill infringed on the rights to collective bargaining and freedom of association.

The ruling declared the wage-restricting law “void and of no effect.”

It’s another big defeat for the Ford government as workers have once again joined together to show that solidarity works!

At this point we’ve been informed by our legal representative at the OCEW table that it’s unclear what impact this ruling will have on our bargaining.

The remedy for the unconstitutional Bill 124 has yet to be determined. The Ford government has indicated its plan to appeal the court’s decision, which could further delay the process. We will provide an update when we know more.

Sector 3 Divisional Executive

(back row, l-r) Researcher Manzur Malik, Treasurer Donna Caissie, Chair Sandra Cadeau, Member at Large Melody Hurtubise, Secretary Susan Richarz, Member at Large Lise Orsini,
(front row, l-r) Member at Large Kelly Martin, Negotiator Nick Mustari, Vice Chair Bonnie Eddy,

Education Workers Solidarity graphics

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen the power of solidarity and what Education Workers standing together can accomplish.

Let’s keep the solidarity going with these social media graphics and shareables for use on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok.

Show your support for Education Workers – and share them with friends and family!

“Blue” Tuesday Photos

Solidarity Wednesday Photos 📸

Take selfies and group photos wearing your “Education Workers Matter”
t-shirts and share them on your social media accounts.

Use the following hashtags on social to find and connect with others:
#39Kisnotenough #istandwitheducationworkers #onlab

Sector Dues

We’re asking the highest ranking officers to please keep an eye out for the sector dues invoice.

Your dues help to cover the costs of promoting the sector and the important work we do in our teaching and learning environments. The invoice/reminder will be sent to you from Sector 3 Treasurer Donna Caissie.

Please continue to monitor your emails for updates or visit the website:
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BEE Informed 🐝

Are you an OPSEU/SEFPO member wondering where we are in the bargaining process at the moment?

Here’s a checklist that explains where we are at in the Journey to a Successfully Negotiated Contract: