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  • Employment Opportunity

    Office Assistant

    (Reference # 263929)

    OSSTF District 15 – Trillium Lakelands is seeking a highly organized, professional, and competent Office Assistant with proven skills in database management and basic bookkeeping.  The successful candidate will be responsible for providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the various functions of the District Office in the provision of personal and protective services to the members of OSSTF District 15.  The Office Assistant is expected to support the President, Federation Officer, Bargaining Unit Council, and members from all job classes through a variety of tasks related to administration, organization, and communication, with the utmost confidentiality, discretion, accuracy, and empathy.

    Wage: $17.25/hour (35 hours/week)

    Anticipated Start Date: February 22, 2016

    Anticipated Contract Term: 1 year (covering a maternity leave)

    The successful candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

    • Secondary School, Grade 12 diploma required, college or university an asset;
    • Excellent computer skills, including at least intermediate level proficiency with word processing (MS Word / Corel Wordperfect), database/spreadsheet (MS Excel) software, and various web applications. Knowledge of Google applications an asset;
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
    • A clear understanding and demonstrated abilities for diplomacy and confidentiality required;
    • Strong orientation to member service and good interpersonal skills;
    • Exceptional organizational skills;
    • Basic accounting/bookkeeping skills and knowledge, as well as a basic proficiency with Simply Accounting;
    • Ability to work enthusiastically both independently and as part of a team;
    • Good working knowledge of administrative and office procedures;
    • Minimum of two years of general secretarial/reception/administrative office or related experience;
    • Experience with member based organizations, the labour movement, or with benefits administration an asset.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Prepare, type, edit, and proofread correspondence, invoices, presentations, brochures, publications, reports and related material;
    • Collect, open, and distribute incoming regular and electronic mail and other material and co-ordinate the flow of information internally within the District Office, with members in other worksites, the OSSTF provincial office, the District School Board, and with organizations;
    • Schedule and confirm appointments and meetings for Time Release Officers;
    • Maintain inventory of office supplies;
    • Answer telephone and electronic enquiries and relay telephone calls and messages;
    • Maintain paper and computerized information filing systems;
    • Greet visitors, ascertain nature of business, and direct as appropriate;
    • Prepare minutes of meetings;
    • Arrange travel schedules and make reservations;
    • Organize, arrange, and prepare meetings, small events, and conferences;
    • Maintain the District website;
    • Maintain member contact information and update contact lists as required;
    • Process staffing data as it arrives, updating electronic files, and OTIP, as necessary;
    • Process benefits changes as received, updating electronic files, Blue Cross, and OTIP, as necessary;
    • Assist with the administration of member benefits plans at the direction of the Federation Officer;
    • Assist the Treasurer as required, processing invoices and vouchers for cheques, and posting transactions to Simply Accounting;
    • Assist the President with the administration of the member professional development fund;
    • Compile data, statistics and other information to support research activities upon request;
    • Provide administrative support, as requested, to the Lindsay & District Labour Council;
    • Other duties as assigned.

    To apply, please submit cover letter and resume, by email to president@osstfd15.net, addressed to:

    Colin Matthew, President, OSSTF District 15 – Trillium Lakelands

    Application deadline: Monday February 15, 2016 at noon

    No inquiries please.  Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.



  • Holiday Family Skating!



  • 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.


  • Call for Nominations:

  • 2015 Labour Day Celebrations

    Members are encouraged to take part in local Labour Day celebrations.  OSSTF District 15 is an affiliate of both the North Simcoe Muskoka, and Lindsay & District Labour Councils.

    Consider participating in some family fun during your long weekend, while showing your support for the labour movement:

    Muskoka Region:

    The North Simcoe Muskoka District Labour Council will be hosting a Labour Day Picnic on Monday September 7, 2015 from 11am - 3pm at Couchiching Park on the waterfront in downtown Orillia.  The event will feature a BBQ, refreshments, activities for children, and folk singer George Hewison.

    For more information contact NSMDLC President Doris Middleton at either 705-238-8003 or doris.middleton@bell.net.

    City of Kawartha Lakes:

    The Lindsay & District Labour Council will be hosting a Labour Day Picnic on Sunday September 6, 2015 from 12pm - 3pm at the Old Mill Park in Lindsay.  The event will feature a BBQ, refreshments, live music, activities for children (including a bouncy castle), prizes, and more!

    Please consider bringing non-perishable food items with you to help fill the Kawartha-Haliburton Crimestoppers Van with donations!

    For more information contact the Lindsay & District Labour Council at either 705-324-7841 or ldlcouncil@gmail.com.



  • District Office Summer Hours & Closure

    The District Office will be open during the summer from June 29 - July 17, and will re-open on August 17 in preparation for the new school year.  During the period of closure, email and phone messages will be monitored for urgent matters.  Matters of a non-urgent nature will be dealt with upon the office re-opening in August.

    Please have a safe, restful, and relaxing summer.


    As per the Teachers'/Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit Constitution & By-Laws, the position of Chairperson of the Bargaining Unit Council is being advertised to members of District 15.  Please click here to download the posting.

    Interested parties are encouraged to apply, following the instructions on the posting.  Questions can be directed to President Colin Matthew at the District Office.


  • Education Week, May 4 - 8, 2015

    This year we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Education Week from May 4 to May 8, 2015.  The theme for Education Week 2015 is “Public Education: A Solid Foundation for a Solid Future”.  We encourage everyone to take advantage of Education Week to highlight the many positive activities and initiatives in which our members participate within our public education system.

    In District 15, we will close Education Week with the presentation of District Awards - recognizing some of the outstanding contributions that members have made - at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers’/Occasional Teachers’ Bargaining Unit Assembly on May 8, 2015.

    Education Week 2015