TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Schools across the province will be
closed on December 20, 2013. This is an unpaid, non-working day for all
permanent teachers in Ontario schools.
"Parents might be under the impression that this is a regular
professional development day for teachers, but it is not," says James
Ryan, President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
(OECTA). "Teachers will not be at work, nor will they be paid for that
During negotiations for the 2012 collective agreements, the government
originally demanded that, in addition to an overall wage freeze, the
teachers' salary grid be frozen for two years, with no future
opportunity to buy back the salary grid movement lost during those
This meant newer teachers still moving up the salary grid would have
borne a greater share of the salary freeze than their colleagues no
longer moving on the grid.
The Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education allowed
the delayed salary grid movement for newer teachers by having all
permanent teachers take December 20, 2013 as an unpaid day.
"Both the delay in salary grid movement and the unpaid day for all
permanent teachers in Ontario were the result of Dalton McGuinty's
austerity agenda, which removed money from Ontario's classrooms," adds
Ryan. "Negotiating the unpaid day helped mitigate the impact of those
measures on many of our members."
OECTA represents the 45,000 professional women and men who teach all
grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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