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OSSTF Previous Updates

Update: November 1, 2019

The Ministry of Labour has released a no-board report for OSSTF Teachers and for OSSTF Education Workers. This means that OSSTF Teachers and OSSTF Education Workers will be in a legal strike position in 17 days, which is November 18, 2019. 

At this time, OSSTF has not indicated that strike action (partial withdrawal or full withdrawal of services) will begin. Negotiations between the OSSTF, OPSBA and the Ontario government continue.


Update: October 24, 2019

Ontario Government Proposes Lower High School Class Size

Today, the Ontario government made public a proposal that high school class size be funded at an average of 25 students to 1 teacher. This is a change from the government’s March 2019 announcement to increase high school class size to 28:1 over the next four years. The Ontario government made this announcement as part of the ongoing contract negotiations among the Ontario government, the Ontario Public School Board’s Association (OPSBA - representing Ontario’s public school boards) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF).

OSSTF Teachers Requesting No-Board Report

OSSTF notified OPSBA and the Ontario government that they are requesting a no-board report for OSSTF Teachers. This means that OSSTF Teachers across Ontario will be in a legal strike position 17 days (approximately the third week of November) once the no-board report is issued. At this time, OSSTF has not indicated that strike action (partial withdrawal or full withdrawal of services) will begin. Negotiations between the OSSTF, OPSBA and the Ontario government continue.


Update: October 23, 2019

OSSTF notified OPSBA and the Ontario government  that they are requesting a no-board report for OSSTF Education Workers. This means that OSSTF Education Workers will be in a legal strike position 17 days after the no-board report is issued if there is no agreement on a new contract.

OSSTF has not indicated that its Education Workers bargaining unit will commence job action. Should it occur, job action could range from a withdrawal of selected services to a full withdrawal of service (strike). If job action takes place, it can happen at one or more school boards at the same time or at different times.

OSSTF Education Workers at the TDSB represent more than 800 employees in the following employee groups:

  • Attendance Counsellors
  • Child and Youth Workers
  • Child and Youth Counsellors
  • Court Liaison Workers
  • Educational Audiologists
  • Multilingual Team Leaders
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psycho-Educational Consultants Psychologists and Psychological Associates
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Student Equity Program Advisor

It is also expected that OSSTF will be filing a no-board report for OSSTF Teachers at the next negotiations meeting which is scheduled for tomorrow (October 24).

Ontario school boards and the provincial government continue to negotiate with OSSTF Teachers, OSSTF Education Workers and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Like CUPE, we are hopeful that a new contract can be negotiated with OSSTF and all other school board employee groups. We will continue to update parents/guardians as new developments arise.


Update: October 17, 2019

OSSTF is in contract negotiations with representatives of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA - representing Ontario’s public school boards, including the TDSB) and the Ontario government.

 
OSSTF has begun the process of taking a strike vote across the province. The federation will be asking its members whether they are supportive of the federation taking strike action if there is no agreement on a new contract. Voting by its members will be completed by November 15, 2019. It is important to note that a strike vote of its members does not necessarily mean that job action/partial or full withdrawal of services will be taken by the OSSTF.  
 
Contract negotiations among the OSSTF, public school  boards and the Ontario government are on-going. 

A tentative agreement on a new contract was reached with CUPE and we are hopeful that a new contract can be negotiated with OSSTF and all other school board employee groups.

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