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  • AMPA 2018 - Delegate Nominations Now Open!

    Members are encouraged to consider applying to attend AMPA 2018 as a District 15 delegate or alternate.  The meeting will be held March 9 - 12, at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto.

    The Provincial Assembly is the supreme legislative body of OSSTF/FEESO and is responsible for establishing or amending Federation policies, bylaws, constitutions, budgets, the annual Action Plan and for the election of the Provincial Executive and OTF Governors.

    Those selected as delegates and alternates are expected to attend the Central Regional Association’s Pre-AMPA meeting (March 2-3, 2018) in addition to AMPA 2018.
    Please submit completed nomination forms to the District Office by 4pm on Friday December 8, 2017.
  • Upcoming Event - December 6, 2015



  • AMPA 2016 - Delegate Nominations Now Open!

  • Sanctions Begin for the Teacher / Occasional Teacher Bargaining Unit

    As of November 5, 2015 the Teacher/Occassional Teacher Bargaining Unit is engaged in legal strike action involving selective withdrawal of services.  Updates will be emailed directly to members as necessary.  After 7 years without significant local bargaining taking place the Bargaining Unit is in need of specific improvements to the collective agreement.  These improvements include fairness in the teacher appraisal process, compassion in access to short term personal leaves, and equity for occasional teachers.


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  • AMPA 2015 - Delegate Nominations Now Open!

    The District Office is now receiving nominations from members interested in serving on the District 15 delegation to the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assemby (AMPA) for 2015, to be held March 13 - 16, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

    District 15 will be selecting a total of 6 delegates and 2 alternates.  At least one of the delegates must be a member of the PSSP Bargaining Unit, and at least one delegate should be an occasional teacher.  Any member (teacher, occasional teacher, PSSP) is encouraged to submit a completed nomination form prior to the deadline.

    AMPA is the highest decision-making body of the Federation, and involves OSSTF delegates from across the province coming together to decide on amendments to the constitution, by-laws, budget, and policies, and to vote on various issues affecting the Federation, and to elect the Provincial Executive.

    Delegates and alternates are expected to attend the Central Regional Association's Pre-AMPA meeting (tentatively March 6 - 7, 2015).

    Please fax or email completed nomination forms to the District Office before the deadline of 4pm on Friday December 5, 2014.

    Any questions should be directed to District President, Colin Matthew at the District Office.



  • Workers Health & Safety Centre Honours Local Activists

    Labour Council members from Lindsay, Peterborough, Northumberland, and Durham gathered on November 5 at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club to honour their fellow workers for their Health & Safety activism.  At the event, OSSTF District 15's John Mazara was named the Lindsay & District Labour Council recipient of the Workers Health & Safety Centre Activist award this year.

    Described by colleagues as passionate and tenacious, John's contributions in the area of health and safety have been exceptional and have demonstrated leadership within the School Board and the various stakeholders at the table.

    Congratulations John!  This award is well-deserved recognition of your tireless efforts!



  • OSSTF/FEESO Continues its Support of the Awareness and Prevention of Bullying

    TORONTO, ON - Nov 20 2013 — November 18-22, 2013 marks Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. During this week, activities in schools across the province will heighten awareness of what constitutes bullying and the impact it can have on the overall school climate. Read more ... 



  • IMPORTANT REMINDER Regarding the Memorandum of Understanding and Unpaid Days


    The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) specifies that only permanent day school teachers will have an unpaid day, December 20, 2013. Permanent day school teachers will not be expected to report to work on December 20, 2013.

    However, Long Term Occasional Teachers (LTOs) scheduled to work on December 20, 2013 will attend their home school to participate in professional activities according to a district school board agenda.

    Part time permanent teachers with a long term occasional assignment and part time LTOs must attend for part of the day that is equivalent to the number of sections for which they are employed as LTOs. For example, a teacher with 1 section of long term occasional work would attend for one third of the day.

    It is our understanding that the school board will be providing an agenda of activities that will allow part time LTOs to attend a session of their own choice. The Federation strongly suggests that part time LTOs communicate in writing to their administrator the part of the day that they will attend.

    If you do not wish to report to work on December 20, 2013, and subsequently not be paid, long term occasional teachers must apply for a Voluntary Unpaid Leave of Absence Program (VLAP) day.

    Questions or concerns regarding this notice should be directed to the District Office.



  • Paddling for Home with IE Weldon Secondary School

    November 4, 2013 - Teachers from IE Weldon Secondary School are out in the community again, this time 'Paddling for Home'. 

    Soliciting donations for A Place Called Home using a twenty-five foot long cedar strip canoe at local grocery stores, members are making an impact.  On their first time out, in just over 6 hours, they collected nearly a quarter tonne of food, as well as cash donations.Paddling for Home - IEW members collect food donations for A Place Called Home“While this was rewarding in itself, and the shelter directors were awestruck by the response, it was the reaction from community members that was the most gratifying to participants” said IE Weldon Branch President Colin Matthew.

    Over two days, Matthew estimates that the 15 teachers involved spoke to hundreds of community members who stopped to get a look at the canoe and contribute to the effort.  Some shared their personal stories.  “There was a women who told us that she had just left the shelter two weeks ago, and was glad to see us supporting such a worthy cause,” Matthew noted.  “She was able to contribute two cans of soup.  It seems like such a small act, but it’s a powerful thing”.

    A Place Called Home is a charitable, non-profit organization serving the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County, that has been providing shelter and 24/7 support services to the homeless, and those at risk of becoming homeless, for more than 17 years.

    Members at IE Weldon are hoping to repeat their efforts, and to make it an bi-annual event, taking place in both the fall and spring.