TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - A standoff between the Ontario government and
the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board over finances is blocking negotiations
between the board and its occasional teachers.
Donna Marie Kennedy, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
Association (OECTA) that represents occasional teachers employed by the
Dufferin-Peel Catholic Board, says teachers believe the board is using Mr.
Hartmann's presence as an excuse to avoid its duty to bargain. OECTA has
applied for conciliation, the first step in a process that prefaces a strike.
Dufferin-Peel's Catholic occasional teachers have been without a
collective agreement since August 2006. This is the only one of 80 OECTA's
local bargaining units that does not have a contract for 2006-08. It is
incumbent upon the board to negotiate a fair and just agreement in light of
bargaining across the rest of the province.
Kennedy charges that the board is demanding concessions from teachers
that would reduce their overall compensation. "It is inexcusable that one
group is not being dealt with fairly," she says. "If we had been able to
bargain without interference, we would have a contract now."
For further information:
For further information: Donna Marie Kennedy, President, Office: (416)
925-2493 X 418, Cell phone: (416) 662-5112