You are here: Home Collective agreement SECTION A - THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RELATIONSHIP ARTICLE A.24 - LABOUR DISPUTES
1. All teachers covered under this Agreement shall have the right to refuse to cross or work behind a duly constituted picket line arising out of a dispute as defined by the Labour Relations Code. Any teacher failing to report for duty for this reason shall be considered to be absent without pay. No disciplinary action shall be taken by the Board. The Board and the Association shall jointly make provisions for the security of schools and the safety of children and teachers, except for a picket line established by another bargaining unit employed by the Board, the establishment of which the Board has not had a least three hours' prior knowledge.
2. Pursuant to Article A.24.1 of this Agreement, when time does not otherwise permit, the Administrative Officer, in consultation with the staff representative, may designate a teacher(s) to make such provisions for the security of schools and the safety of children to a maximum of three (3) hours and shall notify the Superintendent and the Association of such action as soon as possible. Any teacher(s) so designated shall suffer no loss of pay for the day(s) they provide such service.
3. The Board shall not request, require nor direct teachers covered under this Agreement to do work or carry out duties normally performed by employees engaged in a legal strike or lockout, nor shall teachers request, require, or direct pupils to carry out such duties.
4. In the event of any picket line, other than a picket line established by another bargaining unit employed by the Board, which prevents a teacher from carrying out normal duties, the teacher shall immediately inform the staff representative who shall immediately contact his/her Administrative Officer or the Superintendent to advise which teachers do not intend to cross the picket line.
5. Exercise of a teacher's rights under this Article shall not be considered a violation of this Agreement.