What can I do now that an agreement has been reached? What is the point of attending the meeting if the agreement has already been reached? Interim agreements (TA) are proposed collective agreements that have not been ratified (approved) by union leaders and the foundation board. EU members use provisional agreements to inform their vote when it is time to ratify new agreements. Preliminary agreements also give CSU leaders a taste of how the proposed contracts will work before they are approved. After the ratification of an interim agreement, it becomes a current collective agreement. “This agreement is given by educators, students and parents. This agreement is not an end point – it is a start,” said Cecily Myart-Cruz, president of UTLA. We need to invest more resources to create safe and healthy schools and build on this agreement, responding to the responses of educators, parents and students. Will the agreement be distributed before the ratification meetings? Now that an interim agreement has been reached, you may have questions about what will follow. Here are some frequently asked questions that may arise. Where do I know what the preliminary agreement says? The provisional language of the treaty to be submitted for ratification will be the last product of the joint negotiating team. It is an agreement that came together through the negotiation process. Both the union and the company submitted proposals at the beginning of the negotiations and these were discussed and, in recent months, many opinions (often referred to as passports) have been expressed on the positions of both parties. In the end, your union and the company agreed on many proposals and/or amendments to proposals. The final document is referred to as the Interim Memorandum of Understanding. In this case, your bargaining committee unanimously recommends to the union these membership changes for adoption (or ratification).
Since negotiations began in February 2015, your negotiating committee has worked hard to secure the best possible agreement. The support and participation of our members, including the completion of a strong strike mandate, has been instrumental in achieving this settlement. But your participation is always necessary. It is now time for members to vote on the interim agreement recommended by their union bargaining committee. The time has come to vote on the adoption or rejection of this interim memorandum of understanding. If the majority of those who cast a ballot support the recommendation to adopt the memorandum across Ontario, in which Loblaws RCSS and Great Food members work, then the changes described in this document will be added to your collective agreement, which will be your new collective agreement that defines your wages, benefits, working conditions, etc. for years to come. “When LAUSD`s school campuses closed in March, educators, parents and students had to adapt to an emergency moment in a matter of days. This time, it was important to reconsider the challenges and take into account feedback from this experience – using information from a consultation with parents and members and feedback from members – which is reflected in this final agreement,” said Arlene Inouye, co-chair of the UTLA negotiating organization.