September 12th, 2021 at 4:00 PM by admin

If you would like a hard copy of your collective agreement, please speak to your steward. If you don`t know who your steward is or how to reach your contact, contact the CUPE office near you. According to arbitration documents released Monday and provided to The Sun by the BTA, a panel of three arbitrators ruled that the De Brandon School Division had breached several articles of the collective agreement with the teachers. School trusts say they are in a difficult position when their next collective agreement with teachers reflects the two-year contract won in the Louis Riel School Division. But the financial situation is not rosy for all school services. Many have complained of reduced provincial subsidies or increases below the rate of inflation under the progressive Conservative government. They were ordered to limit the property tax increase to 2% per year. The articles that are violated by BSD are, according to the documents, the right of teachers to a set number of hours of preparation per week, the right of teachers to have an uninterrupted lunch break of 60 minutes per day and the agreement of the department to act fairly and in good faith with the collective agreement. The arbitration body said its decision could not deny a financial environment in which the province prioritized spending restraint and recognize that the department might have to make “painful” decisions to pay retroactive wages. While the BTA was seeking compensation for teachers affected by the violations, the arbitrators left it to both parties to discuss the form to be taken and reserve the right to make a decision in the future in the absence of an agreement. When the Sun spoke to Dunbar on Tuesday morning, the BTA had not yet addressed the department to discuss the decision, but it said communications stopped later in the day. “Holding CTT meetings during periods of joint preparation, even if only once per cycle, necessarily moves to some extent to extracurricular hours, work that teachers would do without these meetings,” the referees wrote. “(We thought) the department had violated a few articles of the collective agreement, and so we wanted to get some clarity about that,” BTA chairman Cale Dunbar of the Sun said Tuesday.

“I think we`ve had that clarity.” Manitoba`s school services, which already rely on cash, may suddenly have to find millions of dollars more to pay their teachers. All CUPE members work under the protection of a contract called a collective agreement. Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve issues in the workplace. Hearings were held between the two parties at the Victoria Inn in July and some additional meetings were held in the following months. Among the witnesses was BSD Supt. Marc Casavant, Asst. Supt. Mathew Gustafson, Dunbar, former BTA President Peter Buehler and several teachers and school administrators. The BTA argued that teachers should have carte blanche to decide what to do during their preparation period.

The referees said that while teachers may be brought by the department to work during the preparatory phases, it is still preparatory work. If you have questions about your rights at work, the best person you can talk to is your local steward or executive. You will know the specific details of your agreement. Legislation has not been enacted, but the threat of the law has crippled many collective bargaining processes. A provincial spokesman said last week that the province does not intend to proclaim the law immediately. The government continues to press all public sector employers and unions to participate in constructive collective bargaining, the email said. The department will donate $5.2 million of this award by July. The referees also noted that staff meetings at George Fitton School had become collaborative meetings and that the number of meetings had doubled. They decided that this required teachers to attend more than twice as many sessions they had to attend outside of the school day, and that this was not fair.

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