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  • 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 ...

     

     

     

  • 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 ...