As if you needed reminding……

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The AMAPCEO group began bargaining with the employer this week.  In a post on their website it was indicated that the employer was looking for a four year wage freeze with no merit increases or performance money, reductions in job security and benefits, benefit co-payments from the members and cutbacks in sick time and other leave time.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association settled on a deal yesterday whereby they agreed to wage freezes, 3 unpaid days a year in place of “PD” days, elimination of banking sick time and a 50% cut in their paid sick days.

I’m posting this not to scare you but to remind you that the current environment when bargaining with the Province is pretty toxic.  Our face to face bargaining begins November 5th.  Take the next few months to set aside some cash, pay down your credit cards and perhaps investigate a line of credit with the bank.   These are prudent actions to safeguard yourselves in this uncertain climate.  Visit the OPSEU website regularly for updates.  The link is on the right hand side of this page.

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