Bill 122 was passed by the Legislature on April 8, 2014. The Liberals and New Democratic Party (NDP) voted in favour; the Progressive Conservative (PC) party voted against. The legislation received Royal Assent on April 8, 2014.
The final version of Bill 122 can be found at: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet&BillID=2882
On October 22, 2013, the Minister of Education introduced provincial bargaining legislation in the Ontario Legislature. The legislation, called the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014, is also referred to as “Bill 122”.For more background information about the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014, and for information about the recent history of education sector collective bargaining in Ontario, click here.
ETFO met with government representatives on a number of occasions since Bill 122 was introduced to discuss our concerns and propose amendments that would address those concerns.ETFO also provided a formal submission to the government about Bill 122. ETFO’s submission included amendments designed to ensure that the proposed provincial bargaining framework would be balanced and fair, and would work in the best interest of public education in Ontario. A copy of ETFO’s submission is available here.
Many of the amendments proposed by ETFO have been incorporated into Bill 122. They include:
In addition, Bill 122 now includes both a mandatory and a discretionary method for extending central bargaining to non-teacher bargaining units. This will give ETFO the right to participate in central bargaining for its DECE, ESP and PSP members where the legislative requirements are met.Bill 122 also:
No. The amendments proposed by the PCs to make voluntary extracurricular activities a job requirement for teachers were not accepted and are not part of Bill 122. Voluntary extracurricular activities remain just that: voluntary.
ETFO continues to be the bargaining agent for its members, both locally and at any provincial table.
In the near future, ETFO will be providing more information to members about what the collective bargaining process will look like under School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014.
That information will be sent to members who are subscribers to ETFO’s enewsletters, posted on ETFO’s website, and mailed to schools through ETFO’s Steward Mailing.