Motion that Bill 8, Public Education Collective Bargaining Act, be amended by adding the following after section 12:
Central terms requiring an increase in funding
12.1 If the central terms to which TEBA purports to agree will require an increase in expenditure by one or more employers, TEBA shall, prior to agreeing to the central terms, take steps to obtain assurances that the necessary increases in funding will be made available to those employers for the years to which the collective agreement relates
This amendment to the legislation is really meant to clarify the process of negotiations that are right now broadly outlined in the legislation. It reflects the concerns, as I said, from stakeholders and constituents and provides what we think is a solid solution. It simply clarifies that each bargaining table will be responsible for funding the agreements to cover any increase in expenditures. It really makes sure that the funding is in place before anyone enters into a final agreement from a central-level negotiation.