Headteachers still have discretion as to whether or not they request such a decision. “I would like to apologize to all the parents and students who have been waiting to find out what will happen tomorrow for the time it took me to give you this news,” Walton said. “I regret the ins interest of his life.” Thousands of school aid workers in Ontario are receiving a one per cent increase, job protection guarantees and millions of dollars in funding for job creation and recovery – thanks to a last-minute agreement with the government to avoid a general strike. The local agreement was reached after the province and cupE – which represents 55,000 education workers across Ontario – signed a central agreement last October to avoid a strike. “Parents can rest on the fact that the government has worked tirelessly to keep their children in the classroom where they need to be,” education minister Stephen Lecce said, without giving concrete details of the new agreement, except to say it is “fair and reasonable.” Strike Vote mandates – a decisive instrument for the success of negotiations, a positive vote puts the right to call a strike (or other trade union actions) in the hands of the elected bargaining committee. A japative strike mandate sends a clear message to the employer that the members support the bargaining committee and the proposals put forward by the Union. It is not a vote in favour of a strike and it does not necessarily mean that there will be a strike. Strike mandate votes almost never fail and have never failed in the history of CUPE 3906. Final offer – Under the Employment Relations Act, the employer may force an agreement of the collective agreement to join on their “final offer”, but the employer can only do so once. The three-year interim agreement means that schools across the province were open on Mondays, as usual. Ratification – the voting procedure for or against the new treaty. The voting procedure for members of the collective agreement unit is the ratification of the collective agreement. A new treaty can only be signed and effective after the ratification of both parties.
Concessions – an attempt by the employer to reduce or eliminate benefits and/or other conditions of employment that existed until now.