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  • Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards

    Student Achievement AwardsThe Student Achievement Awards is a writing and creative arts competition which is open to all public secondary school students in Ontario. The competition is meant to encourage the intellectual development of our students and an interest in society. The 1984 Provincial Assembly established the awards in honour of Marion Drysdale, a secretary at OSSTF/FEESO Provincial Office for twenty-two years, for her dedicated work over so many years.  
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  • Selection of Alternate Worksites Representatives

    Elections have been called to select members who work in the School of Alternate Education and Virtual Learning Centre for the following positions:

    • Alternate Worksites Representative (sits as a member of the Bargaining Unit Council)
    • Collective Bargaining Committee Representative

    Please read the memo from out-going Alternate Worksites Representative Glenn McDonald for more information.


  • Bill 115 One Year Later - A Statement from the OSSTF Provincial Executive

    September 11, 2013 — One year ago today, Bill 115 was passed by the Ontario Government. The passage of that bill caused a significant disruption to peace and stability in the education sector, Read more ...

  • OSSTF Celebrates Labour Day

    TORONTO, ON - Aug 30 2013 — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) invites everyone in Ontario to join their 60,000 members in celebrating Labour Day on Monday, September 2. 

    “Labour Day gives us all an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the labour movement for over a century in the interests of all workers in our country,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott.   Read more ...

  • Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year from District President Peter Carroll

    Welcome back to start the 2013-2014 school year.

    On the Labour Day weekend, OSSTF and the other unions which comprise the Canadian Labour Congress will be launching a campaign, Together Fairness Works.  This will be a major campaign which will stretch for many months and will utilize the various forms of media and social media in our society.  In addition, there will be an emphasis upon spreading the message through community events.

    The campaign will stress to union members, the public and the decision makers within government and business the benefits associated with unions.  For members, the stress will be upon the positive impact upon working conditions and compensation achieved by working collectively within a union.  For the general public who do not belong to a union, the campaign will emphasize how unions, in influencing public attitudes and legislation, bring benefits to all workers in promoting higher wages, safer working environments, unemployment benefits, a stronger Canada Pension Plan, universal health care, standard family emergency, pregnancy/parental and compassionate care leaves.

    The campaign will also attack the austerity agenda by illustrating the negative outcomes that inevitably affect working citizens and their families wherever this program is pursued by governments.

    The campaign starts this weekend for members of OSSTF District 15 at two local Labour Day picnics. You are encouraged to bring your families to enjoy the activities of these two community social events:

    Together Fairness Works campaign banner

  • Transcript & Video of President Paul Elliott's Address at Leadership 2013

    August 15, 2013 — The following is a transcript of President Paul Elliott’s address to over 400 delegates and guests at the Leadership Conference 2013 on Thursday, August 15.

    icon Transcript - Elliott Address to Leadership 2013

    Watch the address here.

  • OSSTF President Paul Elliott Gives First State of the Union Address to Local Leaders

    TORONTO, ON - Aug 15 2013 — Paul Elliott, the new President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO), addressed over 400 local leaders and participants at the annual OSSTF/FEESO Leadership Conference this morning at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. In his first address as President, Elliott reflected on the challenges that have faced education workers over the past two years.  Read more ...

  • OSSTF Releases New Mobile App

    August 15, 2013 — The Ontario Secondary School Teacher Federation is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile app. With its mobile website, Facebook page and Twitter account, the Federation continues to strive to become more accessible to its members.  Read more ...

  • Now Accepting Applications for BUC Chairperson

    The District Office is now accepting applications for the position of Chairperson of the Teachers' / Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit Council for the 2013-2014 year. Please refer to the posting for a description of duties and application details.

    For more information, please contact Peter Carroll at the District Office.

  • Upcoming Events - June

    Mark in the Park - June 8, 2013

    Members from I. E. Weldon at the first Mark in the Park event on May 11, 2013.

    Join us for three (3) hours of passive protest and public education as we take our marking to the public sphere and promote awareness of education issues in Ontario. Bring a lawn chair and a stack of marking to Victoria Park in Lindsay for a chance to demonstrate solidarity, remind our local leaders that we have not forgotten Bill 115 and help educate the public about the importance of defending charter rights in Ontario.

    For more information contact Colin Matthew at I. E. Weldon Secondary School.

    Relay for Life - June 21, 2013

    Blow off exam stress by joining our team of OSSTF walkers in this 24 hour relay that the Ops Community Centre.  Join us for a short walk or come for the whole event from 7pm Friday June 21 to 7am Saturday June 22.

    If you can't make it, please consider supporting the Canadian Cancer Society by donating at our team website.

    For more information or to join the team and participate contact Mairi Bew at I. E. Weldon Secondary School.