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Support Staff Strike:
October 1, 2012
At a special public Board meeting tonight, the Board ratified the Memorandum of Agreement for members of ECSSA. This follows a vote by ECSSA earlier today where 583 voted in favour and 142 voted against the agreement.
Memorandum of Agreement Reached - September 28th
Edmonton Catholic Schools is pleased to announce the parties have reached a memorandum of agreement. This agreement represents a tentative agreement between the District and ECSSA. Both the union and ECSD have agreed to support and recommend the terms of settlement.
The memorandum of agreement addresses all issues the union brought forward:
A ratification vote will be held as early as Monday, October 1st. We hope to have the employees back to work as early as Tuesday, October 2nd.
We look forward to our school family being complete once again.
Strike Update - September 28th, 2012
A Message Regarding Pay for Support Staff Employees - September 26, 2012
Message from Joan Carr, Superintendent - September 18, 2012
You may have been hearing a lot of rumors that you could be disciplined or fined for returning to work prior to the strike ending. Here are some facts regarding returning to work at your site:
At the conclusion of this strike, we will all work together again. It is our position that as much as we respect the decision of some staff to be on strike, the same respect should be given to those employees who want or need to return to work.
If you want to return to work, the District welcomes you back and will support you in that decision.
Outcome of meeting with both Negotiating Committees on September 17, 2012The District is very disappointed with the outcome after the District and Union Negotiating Committees met. The District gave the Union Negotiating Committee a counter offer for the second year of the two year contract. This is what transpired:
· Parties are in agreement on all outstanding issues with the exception of compensation in the second year.
· We do not have funding to provide grid movement without jeopardizing the needs of all our students.
· The District Negotiating Team introduced the concept of lump sum payment in the second year.
· We offered a lump sum very close to the cost in year 2 of the Union’s last proposal.
· The Union did not find this offer acceptable.
There is no further commitment to meet but we are open to meeting at any time. We will continue to find ways to serve our children.
Information on Day 6 of the ECSSA Strike Monday, September 17, 2012
Edmonton Catholic Schools is extremely proud of the work each of our employees has done for the past 124 years. It is through team work that we have become strong in serving the needs of our 35,000 plus students.
As a District we want to ensure that all information is being received by support staff. We have heard the concerns of our support staff and attempted to resolve them. We hope that by posting this information on our website that all of our staff will be better informed.
The Union Negotiating Committee has told us that secretary workload is an issue. A letter of intent was presented as part of a proposal to review and consider school secretary concerns with their workload.
On Sunday, September 9th (the day before the strike began), the District Negotiating Committee offered a solution to job security. Even though it used the exact wording requested by the Union Negotiating Committee, this was not deemed sufficient by the Union Negotiating Committee to hear the voice of support staff on this offer.
Did you know that support staff have received a 20.19 percent increase from August 2006 to August 2010? The proposed offer of 4.54 percent for August 2011 would mean a total increase of 24.73 percent from August 2006 to August 2011.
Collective Agreement Increases
As a District we believe we have listened, we have responded and looked at creative solutions. Our support staff are part of our school family and we want them back at work.Both negotiating teams are meeting at 5 p.m. today.
Important Facts About Support Staff Compensation - September 13th
September 13th, 2012 - Click here to view the Important Facts (PDF)
The Strike continues as Support staff reject the District’s Contract Offer.
September 12th, 2012 - Contract is rejected:
ECSSA Rejects Contract Offer - View News Release
September 7th, 2012 - Information regarding the Support Staff Strike