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  • OSSTF/FEESO Sends a Letter of Support to the BC Teachers’ Federation

    May 27, 2014 — The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) has been in a battle with the BC Government for many years in an attempt to reach a fair contract that will benefit both the teachers of the province and the students that they serve. Read more ...


  • Retirement Planning Workshop - June 3, 2014

    The District Office will be providing a retirement planning workshop to members in the Muskoka area on Tuesday June 3, 2014 at 4pm.  The workshop will be approximately 2 hours in length, and will be held in the staff room at Gravenhurst High School.

    Members interested in attending are asked to contact the District Office in advance to register.


  • Presentation of First Annual District Awards

    At the meeting of the Teachers'/Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit Assembly on May 8, 2014 District Awards were presented to the following members:

    • Individual Environmental Award: Julie Hendren & Samantha Quackenbush
    • Award for Dedication to Volunteerism & Community Building: Colin Matthew
    • Award for Service to the Federation and/or the Labour Movement: Peter Carroll

    As an additional honour, the delegates present voted unanimously to rename the Award for Service to the Federation and/or the Labour Movement to the Peter Carroll District Service Award, to honour Peter Carroll as the award’s first recipient and to recognize his unmatched service and commitment to the Federation and District 15.


  • New Executive Elected

    At the meeting of the Teachers'/Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit Assembly on May 8, 2014 the following members were elected to the Bargaining Unit/District Executive:

    • President: Colin Matthew
    • Vice Presidents: Stuart Hodson & Sharon Robbins
    • Secretary: Laurel Campbell
    • Treasurer: Kenlynne Duke

    The Executive's term of office will begin on July 1, 2014 and end on June 30, 2016.



  • 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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  • Austerity Agenda Continues with Education Funding

    TORONTO, ON - MAR 27 2013 — Today, the Minister of Education released the Grants for Student Needs (GSNs), the funding for all school boards in Ontario.

    The government stated that the GSNs provide stable funding for school boards and include an increase in funding. The reality is that the GSNs contain shifted funding and not new funding. There is no additional funding for front line services and some boards may see a decrease in their funding for next year.  Read more ...