The Collective Agreement (T/OT Bargaining Unit)
Fundamental to our working conditions is the Collective Agreement between the parties. The Collective Agreement is the contract ratified by OSSTF District 15 members in the Teachers’ / Occasional Teachers’ Bargaining Unit and the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB), which specifies the rights and responsibilities of each party in the employment relationship. Like all collective agreements, it exists as the result of coordinated and concerted actions through collective bargaining, and requires continual maintenance.
The current Collective Agreement is made up of two parts. Part 1 is the Central Terms agreed to through central bargaining between OSSTF, the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) and the provincial government. Part 2 is the Local Terms. In addition, the terms of the Teacher Performance Appraisal Process was negotiated in 2016 to augment and clarify the legislated requirements for TPA.
In addition to the Collective Agreement our employment is governed by a variety of legislation:
- Education Act
- Ontario College of Teachers Act
- School Board Collective Bargaining Act
- Labour Relations Act
- Occupational Health and Safety Act
Related to each act of legislation are regulations that specify or articulate more fully the legislation under which they were enacted.
Under the Education Act, the following regulations are of direct interest:
- Sick Leave Credits and Sick Leave Gratuities (O.Reg. 1/13)
- Letter of Permission (O.Reg. 142/08)
- Behaviour, Discipline and Safety of Pupils (O.Reg. 472/07)
- New Teacher Induction Program (O.Reg. 266/06)
- Teacher Performance Appraisal (O.Reg. 99/02)
- Teacher Learning Plans (O.Reg. 98/02)
- Operation of Schools - General (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 298)
- Continuing Education (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 285)
Under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, the following regulations are of direct interest:
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), the regulations are too numerous to list. In this case, it would be advantageous to review the Act and make yourself aware of your rights and obligations under the OHSA. There is further information about your rights and responsibilities under the OHSA in the Health & Safety section of our website.