Follow the bouncing ball, ok?
- Back in the fall, negotiators from the provincial offices of OSSTF and the Ontario Public School Boards Association (which oversees the TDSB) agreed on a "framework" for contracts negotiated by local OSSTF branches and local school boards. This included specific language about salary and workload issues.
- This framework says that, if the TDSB wants to increase our workload, they have to give someting up to the Union in trade. Maintaining the status quo is also an option; if it's not the same language as the previous contract, I reiterate, the TDSB has to give us something in return, and only if we agree to that.
- The TDSB's offer gives us an increased workload, but nothing in return. This is not cool, under the framework which the TDSB ALREADY AGREED TO, through OPSBA.
- The Chair of the TDSB, John Campbell, is being a Mike Harris clone* by talking about teachers being "clock-watchers" and not wanting to do "eight more minutes of supervision a day." That's an average, pal — it's not like I duck out of work at 3:20 and this would mean staying until a whopping 3:28 instead. Has this guy ever been a teacher? My guess is no, or else he'd realize what a crock this statement is.
- This "eight minutes" thing was all that the CBC reporter talked about tonight. Did he talk about the framework? No. Did he talk about how the Minsitry of Education mediator, who's been overseeing the talks, said the TDSB was in clear violation of said framework, and that D12 wasn't? No. Did he talk about how John Campbell punches babies? No.
If you want to read the Education Act, Johnny C, you'll see that I'm responsible for teaching six classes a year, period. Anything else above and beyond is what the Board gets for free from me, because I know the kids need it. When you try and jerk us around like this, to pull these kinds of dirty tricks when you're negotiating... oh, believe you me, buddy, you're gonna see the results, and you ain't gonna like 'em.
* In the late '90s, the provincial Conservative jerkbags put this ad on TV to slam the teacher unions which had a ticking clock and this condescending voice saying, "Come on. Just forty more minutes per week. It's still less than the elementary teachers work." And I thought dick-moves like that were a thing of the past.