Elementary School Teachers Accuse School Board Association of Ruining Talks

A deal between Ontario’s elementary teachers, the government and school boards appeared to be close at hand, until tensions again boiled over with the union accusing the boards of bargaining in bad faith.

In a late-day release Wednesday, the Ontario Public School Boards Association said the final sticking points were a proposal for a provincial benefits plan and changes to the 131 days of sick leave teachers are currently entitled to. The release was hopeful in tone, saying after a year without a contract, a deal was close at hand.

But the public release prompted a swift and furious reaction from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. President Sam Hammond and local presidents marched to OPSBA’s Toronto headquarters and lambasted the association for breaking the confidentiality of the negotiating table and bargaining in bad faith.

  • Clear Thinker

    You need 131 sick days when you only work with students for 3 hours and 57 minutes a day? Too many beta delta males and fat feminists in the teaching profession.

    • When my father was a teacher, he told me that some teachers banked their sick days for when they got really ill (ie- cancer).

      Having said that, these demands are unnecessary. Should something serious arise, then something can be worked out. Other than that, take vitamin C.

  • AmicusC

    they have an oversupply of teachers in that province. tell them to take a crappy deal or they all get fired and you hire from the rest of the pool.

  • FactsWillOut

    131 days of sick leave? Are you fucking KIDDING ME????!!!!!!

    • Exile1981

      It’s 1/2 of the days in a school year. So teachers want to work half time for full time pay.

    • Clink9

      It looks lke 11 days in a school year but the 120 days are short term disability for accidents or injuries.

      I think they used to get 24 days a year in some of the Toronto boards years ago ( and accumulate them ) so I guess they’re slowing ratcheting down.

  • Waffle

    I understand that a lot of them take it at the end of their tenure, so they basically retire 6 months before their formal retirement and get well-paid for it. That’s why they’re bitching.

  • Doug Kursk

    Thank God we didn’t elect the Conservatives thus avoiding all the teacher strife!…ooohh..wait…

    Never mind.