A memorandum of understanding reached with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) will help protect the classroom experience for students as well as the gains we've made together in education.
- Despite challenging economic times, Ontario Liberals and Ontario’s Catholic teachers were able to put students and families first — by working together to reach a new agreement that would see teachers returning to the classroom in September.
- The agreement reflects the choices we’ve made, together, to protect our kids while working to eliminate the deficit. OECTA deserves credit — they stayed at the table, rolled up their sleeves and got to work with us to reach an agreement that’s good for Ontario.
- The result is an agreement that meets our fiscal targets while protecting the classroom experience. It shows what we can do when we work together, and provides a roadmap as we continue to work with our education partners.
- Zero per cent salary increases in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
- All teachers will take a 1.5 per cent pay cut in the form of three unpaid professional development days, so that younger teachers will continue to be recognized through the grid for their experience and additional qualifications.
- Agreement to restructure the grid with a view to long-term, sustainable savings.
- Elimination of the current retirement gratuity for payment of unused sick days that was responsible for a $1.7-billion liability for school boards.
- A restructured short-term sick leave plan that would include up to 10 sick days.
- The sick leave plan would benefit younger teachers by providing income protection for serious illness and improved maternity leave provisions.
- Agreement to address non-monetary issues including the development of a fair and transparent hiring process for long-term occasional teachers.
Together with our hard-working teachers, Ontario Liberals have made significant progress in education — when we work together, we achieve great results, which Ontario families expect. Today, Ontario students are ranked among the best in the world. Test scores are up. And more students than ever are graduating.
The Hudak PCs have called for a rollback of labour rights that would send our economy — including our teachers — on a race to the bottom. The Horwath NDP have no ideas for protecting the gains we’ve made in education while balancing the budget.
Only the Ontario Liberals have a plan for strong action on our economy and our schools — the right plan for Ontario.