On April 13, OSSTF/FEESO filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board against the Government of Ontario. The complaint was filed after it came to light that the government had provided a payout totaling $31 million to members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) for delayed grid movement during the 2014–2015 school year. While OECTA had voluntarily agreed to the terms of the agreement under which the grid movement delays took place, OSSTF/FEESO members had those terms imposed upon them by the government.
During the last round of central bargaining, government negotiators insisted that OSSTF/FEESO abandon its pursuit of payment for that grid movement and withdraw all related grievances in order to reach settlement.
“Somehow, after a round of bargaining in which the government insisted on identical financial outcomes for all unions, OECTA’s grid-delay grievances were explicitly allowed to live on,” said President Harvey Bischof.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) filed a similar complaint over the same issue, also on April 13.