The strike by educational support staff employees with the Superior-Greenstone School District Board has been averted. With the August 22 strike deadline looming, talks resumed over the weekend between the Educational Support Staff (ESS) bargaining unit of the Ontario Secondary School Teachersâ€™ Federation (OSSTF) District 6B, Superior North and board negotiators with a Ministry of Labour mediator present. A tentative settlement was reached early Sunday morning. Ratification meetings for members of the bargaining unit will be held on August 29, August 30, and August 31. Details of the agreement are confidential until after ratification.
Sandra Corrigan, President of the District 6B ESS bargaining unit stated, â€œI believe our members will be very happy with what we were able to accomplish in this last session of bargaining to address the key concerns of salary and red-circling. Both parties came to the table prepared to dialogue and attempt to resolve the issues that were still outstanding. It was a very productive bargaining session.â€
Sandra Sahli, Executive Officer of OSSTF and Chair of the negotiating team indicated, â€œWe are pleased that an agreement has been reached and the strike by educational support staff in Superior-Greenstone has been averted. However, the situation should never have reached this state of crisis and the Ministry of Education must take steps to address the real problems that exist with funding for support staff in our schools. These people play a critical role in ensuring the smooth operation of our schools and meeting the needs of students across the province and this needs to be recognized.â€