Week beginning November 1st, 2015

Today is November 1st. As you will recall in Bargaining Bulletin #58 it was communicated to members  that OSSTF/FEESO was invited to a meeting with Premier Wynne along with ETFO,
CUPE and the four school board associations. That meeting occurred Friday October 23rd. At this meeting the Premier and Minister Sandals made the following points:
• What we are doing (ETFO, CUPE, OSSTF/FEESO) is impacting students and school boards
• The four School Board Associations have formally requested the Minister to allow them to change
terms and conditions
• It has not been granted, but will be on November 1 if there is no deal or sanctions remain in place
• No clear indication of what those changes would be was given, however media reports indicate that the Premier is prepared to allow boards to deduct member’s pay. Bargaining Updates and Information

This means that the Boards and government will give their 5 days notice to change the terms and Member Engagement Eventconditions on November 1st which means action taken on behalf of the boards could occur on November 6th.

This threat does not change OSSTF/FEESO’s goal at the support staff bargaining table, which is to
achieve the best possible deal and members are asked to continue to adhere to the sanctions we have in place to achieve our goal of a fair collective agreement. Members must continue to ensure you avail yourselves of one of the may ways to receive updates.


Ways to receive information

In the Legislature this week

Taras Natyshak’s Member statement imploring the Liberal government to change the funding formula to ensure small rural schools can remain open.

Lisa Gretzky, Windsor West MPP continues to question the Premier and the Ontario Liberals about failed Collective Bargaining process.

November is Women Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario.

Beginning November 2, and until December 7, the OSSTF/FEESO provincial website will have a purple backdrop with a Shine the Light logo.  Purple is used as a symbol of courage, survival and honour, and, for the month of November, symbolizes the fight to end woman abuse.shine-3col

The Shine the Light campaign, started by the London Abused Women’s Centre, is focused on building awareness, engaging people in breaking the silence and encouraging all communities to speak out against Violence Against Women.  Several communities are showing their support through events planned November 1 through to December 10.

Friday November 13

Wear Purple Day
Wear PURPLE all day!  Wear purple clothing, a tie, jewellery, shoes, make-up, socks, a belt; or accessorize with balloons, streamers  ribbon or hair extensions!! Post your photos on Twitter using the hashtag #wearpurpleday! You can e-mail your pictures to christine@lawc.on.ca as well!

November 1 Niagara Falls was lit purple
November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Day 1 of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
November 30 – December 4 

** Packages will be sent to workplace reps and detailed information for display in workplaces.

Commemorative displays in OSSTF/FEESO worksites
December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 10 International Human Rights Day

OSSTF/FEESO members are encouraged to find our more information from the Shine the Light campaign website.

Related Links

Credit- OSSTF website.


Author: Martha Hradowy

President of the Educational Support Staff Bargaining Unit District 9

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