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  • OSSTF District 15 Solidarity Rally

  • Equal Pay Day — April 20, 2015

    Equal Pay Day is the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. It is marked internationally, with many countries having dates in April or later. In Ontario in 2009, that date was April 9. In 2014, April 16th. In 2015, April 20th. The gap is NOT getting smaller.

    As a member of the Equal Pay Coalition (EPC), OSSTF/FEESO works closely with many partners to further the issues surrounding equal pay, pay equity and the gender pay gap at numerous tables.

    The Ontario Government has made some recent significant commitments to closing the 31.5% gender pay gap. The Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues has received instruction from the Premier to work with the Minister of Labour to develop a wage gap strategy and to “collaborate with colleagues across government to ensure that a gender lens is brought to government strategies, policies and programs.”

    We ask that all members wear red on April 20th to show recognition and awareness of the need to close the gender wage gap in Ontario between the 68.5 cents made by working women for every man’s dollar.

    For more information, check out the Equal Pay Coalition website.



  • National Day of Mourning - April 28

    April 23, 2014 — On April 28, OSSTF/FEESO joins with unions across Canada to observe the National Day of Mourning for workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have suffered serious or fatal illness due to work-related hazards.

    The labour movement in Canada has worked for decades to enhance health and safety standards and regulations in Canadian workplaces. But thousands of workers continue to suffer workplace injuries and work-related illnesses every year, and in 2012 at least 979 Canadians died because of work-related injury or illness.  Still, governments across Canada continue to be lenient with employers who disregard safety standards and fail to protect the health and safety of their workers. 

    Please join us on April 28 in mourning those who have lost their lives, and as we demand that employers who flout health and safety standards be held accountable for the countless workplace injuries and fatalities that occur every year in Canada.

    For more information, please follow the links below for statements from the Canadian Labour Congress, and a detailed infographic about injuries and fatalities in Canadian workplaces.  Please also find below information regarding Day of Mourning Activities in District 15, organized by District Labour Councils.

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    Local Events:

    • The North Simcoe Muskoka and District Labour Council will be holding the Workers Day of Mourning Ceremony at the Bracebridge Sportsplex (110 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge) at the Day of Mourning Memorial Bench at noon on Monday April 28, 2014. All are welcome.  Download more information here.
    • The Lindsay and District Labour Council will be holding a Day of Mourning Ceremony on Sunday April 27, 2014 at 12:30pm in Victoria Park, Lindsay, with guest speaker Nancy Hutchinson, Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour.  All are welcome to attend, and are invited to lay a wreath in memory of a worker.  The ceremony will be followed by lunch in Victoria Park.


  • Presidential All-Candidates Meetings

    Members are encouraged to attend the All-Candidates Meeting of the candidates for District 15 / Teachers'/Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit President in their area of the District.  The meetings will be held as follows:

    • Muskoka: April 22, 2014 at 4pm at BMLSS in the cafeteria
    • City of Kawartha Lakes: April 23, 2014 at 3:30pm at IEWSS in the Library
    • Haliburton: April 24, 2014 at 4pm at HHSS

    Members present will have an opportunity to hear each candidate speak, and to ask questions.

    Elections are scheduled for May 8, 2014 at the Annual Meeting.  To be a delegate from your school to the Annual Meeting, please contact your branch president, or the District Office.


  • Equal Pay Day - April 16, 2014

    April 9, 2014 — Although pay equity is the law in Ontario, women, on average, earn 31% less than men. This pay gap affects women of all ages and education levels.  Women of colour, Aboriginal women and women with disabilities face the worst discrimination.

    The Equal Pay Coalition was formed in 1976 as a coalition of organizations seeking implementation of equal pay for work of equal value both through legislation and collective bargaining. The Coalition has over 39 constituent and partner group representing Ontario women and men who support equal pay for work of equal value.  OSSTF/FEESO is a member of the Equal Pay Coalition.
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  • Bill 122 – School Boards Collective Bargaining Act Passes Final Reading

    TORONTO, ON - Apr 08 2014 — The School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, Bill 122, passed final reading earlier today at Queen’s Park.  Read more ...


  • Education Week Posters

    Education Week, May 5 - 9, 2014
    Every spring, the education workers of OSSTF/FEESO celebrate Ontario’s Education Week. This year, we have chosen the theme Ontario: World Class, highlighting the achievements of those working in public education, successfully preparing students for a fast-paced and changing world.
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