OSSTF-ESS D9 Blog Week of May 2-6 2016

ESS Annual Meeting-Monday May 9th St. Mary’s Parish Hall Maidstone 4:30-6:30pm


Have you set an alert to know when new items are posted to the OSSTF-ESS Team Site?

In order to cut down on the number of emails sent directly to your mailbox, you can be sent an alert to your Office 365 account to let you know when new items have been posted to the team site. Everything you need is available on the team site….seniority list, benefit booklets, EI Codes, Pregnancy Parental Leave information and soooo much more!


How will you become involved in our union?

“Our Union, Our Voices” is a conference designed for delegates who have been members for up to 10 years and who have not yet taken on local leadership roles.

The Conference allowed OSSTF/FEESO:
to hold a broader dialogue with new members about their needs and how OSSTF/FEESO can best serve those needs to build on developing engagement and leadership skills among new members
to allow new members to experience the breadth of the kind of professional development and training opportunities that OSSTF/FEESO offers its members.

The conference was held at the International Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre Toronto Airport on Friday, April 29 & SaturdayApril 30

ESS Members Tyler Campbell, Rania Abdul Rahmen, Nicole Jackson, Rose Angotti, Jennifer Kailer, Lynn Gillis, Denise Vellinga and Christina Matyi attended the new member conference. 


Support Staff Appreciation Day

4 lunches will be awarded

  • 1- City Elementary School
  • 1 – City Secondary School
  • 1- County Elementary School
  • 1-County Secondary School


Education Week May 2-6 2016

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) members are celebrating Education Week from May 2–6, 2016. This year’s Education Week theme is Public Education – Opening Doors, Offering Opportunities.

The theme recognizes the value and importance of having a publicly-funded education systeed-week-poster-2016_5-01m when it comes to being open and accessible to all students at all levels, from elementary to secondary, and beyond into post-secondary education.

Education Week posters have been sent to schools and worksites, and they should be prominently displayed so that members are aware of this annual event. Included in this week’s celebrations will be Support Staff Appreciation Day, being held on Wednesday, May 4.

Education week was established by OSSTF/FEESO in 1930 to celebrate public education in Ontario. A few years later, the celebration expanded across Canada. Today, because of OSSTF/FEESO’s actions eighty years ago, Education Week is recognized by other education stakeholders across the province.


Employment Insurance Workshop

All you need to know about Employment Insurance Summer Layoff Wednesday June 1st 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm OSSTF District 9 Office 547 Victoria Ave. Windsor ON

Presented for OSSTF District 9 Educational Support Staff Please RSVP to Crystal Leveille via Office 365 by May 15th if you plan to attend.

Employment Insurance Workshop


Pregnancy Parental Leave Workshop

Planning a Baby Break? Pregnancy/Parental Leave Workshop Tuesday May 24th, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm OSSTF District 9 Office 547 Victoria Ave. Windsor ON Presented for OSSTF District 9 Educational Support Staff

Presented for OSSTF District 9 Educational Support Staff Please RSVP to Crystal Leveille via Office 365 by May 15th if you plan to attend.


OSSTF/FEESO MEDIA RELEASE: Favourable decision on Bill 115 Charter Challenge

(Toronto, Wednesday, April 20, 2016)— In an 84 page decision released today, Justice Thomas R. Lederer ruled in favour of the Charter challenge to Bill 115. In 2012, the Ontario government eliminated free collective bargaining and the right to strike, and imposed contracts across the education sector.
OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott noted that “Justice Lederer confirmed what we believed all along.” The Court found that “considering the overall process undertaken, the actions of the Ontario government substantially interfered with meaningful collective bargaining.” The Court also found the Ontario government’s approach to bargaining was “ill-conceived.”
“It is unfortunate that the government’s approach created such unnecessary and negative consequences for the education sector,” added Elliott. “And we are pleased that the Court has reconfirmed the importance of free, fair and meaningful collective bargaining,” he concluded.
This Court decision is a result of action taken by unions including OSSTF/FEESO, ETFO, CUPE, OPSEU and Unifor.




Author: Martha Hradowy

President of the Educational Support Staff Bargaining Unit District 9

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