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  • OSSTF/FEESO Press Conference, Queen’s Park, December 5, 2013

    December 9, 2013 — On 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2013, OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott held a press conference at Queen’s Park to officially launch the Federation’s new education platform. “Public Education – Investing in Ontario” is OSSTF/FEESO’s new six-point education platform that sets out recommendations ranging from increased funding for all levels of public education to reducing the province’s school board systems to just two.

    Click here to read the platform document.



  • OSSTF/FEESO members commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

    TORONTO, ON - Dec 06 2013 — Twenty-four years ago, on December 6, 1989, fourteen women were killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal, simply because they were women. The Montreal Massacre, as it became known, was a galvanizing moment in which mourning turned to outrage about all violence perpetrated against women.

    Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) members will be participating in events across Ontario honouring the lives of those women and working with students to implement initiatives aimed at preventing violence against women.  Read more ...



  • Investing in Ontario — OSSTF/FEESO launches public education platform

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    TORONTO, ON - Dec 05 2013 — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) officially launched its public education platform today at a press conference held in Toronto at Queen’s Park. The platform, entitled Public Education—Investing in Ontario, outlines OSSTF/FEESO’s vision for publicly-funded education in the province.  Read more ...



  • AMPA Delegates - Nominations Now Open!

    AMPA 2014 ThumbnailThe District Office is now receiving nominations from members for positions of delegate and alternate on the District 15 delegation to the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assemby (AMPA) for 2014, to be held March 7 - 10 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 welcome to submit a nomination form prior to the deadline.

    AMPA 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.

    Delegates and alternates are expected to attend the Central Regional Association's Pre-AMPA meeting on February 28 - March 1, 2014.

    Please fax or email completed nomination forms to the District Office before the deadline of 4pm on Friday January 24, 2014.

    Any questions should be directed to District President, Peter Carroll at the District Office.



  • Save the Date: District Leadership Training 2014

    Save the Date for the 2014 District Leadership Training

  • 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.



  • OSSTF President Paul Elliott Addresses the Membership on Bill 122 and Upcoming Bargaining

  • School Boards Collective Bargaining Act - Bill 122

    School Board Collective Bargaining Act Banner ImageThe School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (Bill 122) was introduced by the Ontario Government on October 22, 2013.  The Bill proposes a framework for two-tiered bargaining for collective agreement between school boards and the education unions. Read more ...