TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Labour peace is a critical element in
creating the conditions necessary for student success in Ontario public
schools. School boards strongly believe that successfully negotiated
collective agreements are a cornerstone in establishing stability in
our schools and ensuring sustained growth in student success.
We cannot emphasize sufficiently that collective bargaining is a process
that must facilitate and ensure the improvement in student learning
conditions. We feel that the common purpose of all our efforts must be
maximizing the opportunities for the success of each and every student.
This is a time to look to our long-term interests, to keep our focus on
a strong, sustainable education system. There is no question that
mistakes have been made in this current round of negotiations. And
there is no question that every effort must be pursued to re-establish
successful labour relations in our system.
OPSBA has consistently represented the interests of students in
collective bargaining and is ready to contribute to resolving the
current impasse, prior to January 1, 2013. We are willing to meet with
Premier McGuinty, other representatives from the provincial government,
school boards, and employee groups to explore any viable paths to
OPSBA is committed to working with our employees and the government to
reach fair and equitable new contracts. The interests of our students,
and the uninterrupted progress of their education must remain the first
priority for all parties. This is what parents and the public expect of
us and what our students deserve.
Ontario Public School Boards' Association
SOURCE: Ontario Public School Boards' Association
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