Elementary teachers' union files bad faith bargaining complaint
A teacher is seen in a Toronto classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.
Published Monday, October 19, 2015 11:31AM EDT
The union representing Ontario's public elementary school teachers has filed a bad faith bargaining complaint against the school board association and the province.
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) filed the motion late last week, the union said in a statement issued Oct. 19.
The union's complaint concerns a news release issued by the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) on Oct. 14. Bad faith complaints are filed under Ontario's Labour Relations Act, if one party believes another is failing to bargain in good faith.
OPSBA disclosed "confidential and misleading information" about talks with ETFO, the statement said.
The complaint was filed to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), which will look at the case and determine whether bad faith bargaining has occurred. If the OLRB sides with ETFO, it can order a variety of remedies including specific bargaining conditions.