Welcome Back 2016/2017

I trust that everyone had a relaxing summer with plenty of time spent with family and friends. This certainly has been a busy and HOT week. I have received a number of calls about the temperature in some of our buildings and this seems completely unacceptable that there are no cooling mechanisms for staff and students.  Lisa Gretzky made a statement this week that I would like to share with you. She said “Classrooms, including portables, too hot for students to focus and for education workers to perform their duties. In the winter those same rooms will be cold enough that students and education workers will need to wear coats to stay reasonably warm. It’s long overdue for the Liberal Government to #fixourschools” I couldn’t agree with her more.

I urge you to bring this issue to the attention of your joint health and safety committee and continue to push this issue throughout the school year with your administrators. In the meantime continue to follow the steps in this video to avoid heat illness and injury.

 

Have you logged into EDSBY?download

When someone asks me what Edsby is, I can’t really explain it other than you have to try it out for yourself! It is similar to First Class, but has a Facebook feel to it.  Schools, HR and OSSTF will move all teamsite information to Edsby and will be fully using this APP for postings,  any other information relevant to our bargaining unit work. Full transition is set for January 1st, so please sign up today!

Direct Link to Connect to EDSBY

 

Orange Shirt Day Friday September 30th, 2016

(credit http://www.ictinc.ca/blog/what-is-orange-shirt-day)

Orange shirt day is a movement that officially began in 2013 but in reality it began in 1973 when six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC. Young Phyllis was wearing a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school – new clothes being a rare and wonderful thing for a First Nation girl growing up in her grandmother’s care – but the Mission Oblates quickly stripped her of her new shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform.

Ms. Webstad’s story is the nucleus for what has become a national movement to recognize the experience of survivors of Indian residential schools, honour them, and show a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters. The initiative calls for every Canadian to wear an orange shirt on September 30 in the spirit of healing and reconciliation.

The date, September 30, was chosen because that was the time of the year the trucks and buses would enter the communities to “collect” the children and deliver them to their harsh new reality of cultural assimilation, mental, sexual and physical abuse, shame and deprivation.

 

Attendance Management Update

The Board has shared the following information with members and the expectation is that members will follow Board policy with respect to reporting of and absences.

  •  The program has “restarted” effective September 2016.
  • The BAR remains at 11 days in a 12 working month rolling period
  • The date to begin capturing absences will be September 1, 2016
  • 5 days or more with substantiated medical do not count towards the accumulation of absences.

Please ensure you familiarize yourself with the Administrative Procedure and call the office if you have any questions. attendance-support-ap-hr-draft-2016

JOIN THE RALLY FOR DECENT WORK! BUSES LEAVING FROM WINDSOR

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Ontario workers are increasingly trapped in precarious part-time, temporary, contract and subcontracted jobs, as employers
in every sector drive down wages and working conditions.

Today, we have a once-in-a-generation chance to make sweeping changes to Ontario’s labour laws.

Ontario’s outdated labour law is failing to protect workers …

It’s time to MAKE IT FAIR!

Click here to take the pledge

 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

Hold Back Pay, School Year Calendar and More

Statement from Lisa Gretzky on the Potential Closure of Provincial Schools

Today families filled the gallery, boardrooms and grounds at Queen’s Park to fight for their children’s future. It’s frustrating that rather than recognize the value of these schools and ensure they are there for future generations, the government is set to balance their books on the backs of our most vulnerable children.

Each day the future of these schools is in jeopardy causes undue stress and frustration to families. Parents should not be forced, again and again, to fight for their children’s future. New Democrats stand with families and education workers and will continue to fight for the future of these schools.

Statement from Monique Taylor NDP Critic Ministry of Youth and Children Services regarding the cuts of funded IBI Therapy for Children diagnosed with Autism

April 14, 2016
Liberal government continues to dodge pleas from families with children with ASD: NDP
QUEEN’S PARK — Today in the legislature, Ontario NDP Children and Youth critic, Monique Taylor, continued to press the Liberal government to reverse its decision to cut funding for crucial therapies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged five and over.
“The minister has to live with her funding decision that will leave kids with ASD with higher rates of behavioural difficulties and possibly worse: institutionalization, a life confined to a room or even their own bed,” said Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain. “We’ve seen what this looks like and it’s devastating. This is not the future for kids with ASD deserve in this province.”
Though more than 200 parents came to the Ontario Legislature to make their voices heard on the minister’s autism funding mistake, Deb Matthews, both the President of the Treasury Board and the Deputy Premier, made no reference to their efforts in her answer.
“The families and kids in this province know where the problems are coming from,” said Taylor.
“In the end, this minister holds the responsibility for the books. Where are her priorities? Why are they not helping some of our most vulnerable kids? Why is she trying to balance the books on the backs of kids with ASD? Will the President of the Treasury Board please explain to families of kids with children with ASD over the age of five why she doesn’t think they’re worth helping?” asked Taylor.

School Year Calendar 2016-2017

The Final School Year Calendar has been released. The details of the Elementary Calendar will be posted on the Team Site, so please check there for specifics.

FINAL School Year Calendar Dates 2016 2017

Hold Back Pay

The Board and OSSTF-ESS had signed a letter of understanding during negotiations providing Educational Support Staff alternate pay options. The attached form explains the alternate pay option that is available to you. If you are choosing Option 2, the attached form needs to be completed and forwarded to the attention of Natalie Keirl

This alternate pay option is only available for permanent Educational Support Staff. It is not available for TSS or TSS-LT.
ESS PAY OPTION SHEET

• Beginning the first pay in September employees shall be deducted 12.5% per bi-weekly pay.

• Monies withheld shall be paid on the last pay in June.

• Monies withheld shall not be paid at any other time than the last pay in June, unless the employee is removed from pay

• If an employee is removed from pay for any reason (ie) Leave of Absence money withheld shall be paid out. In the event an employee is removed from pay and has an overpayment of salary, such overpayment will be processed and deducted from any applicable withheld refund.

• During the course of the school year the employee is not permitted to change the pay schedule.

 

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE ONTARIO’S OUTDATED LABOUR LAWS TO MAKE IT FAIR FOR EVERYONE.

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Ontario workers are increasingly trapped in precarious part-time, temporary, contract and subcontracted jobs, as employers
in every sector drive down wages and working conditions.

Today, we have a once-in-a-generation chance to make sweeping changes to Ontario’s labour laws.

Ontario’s outdated labour law is failing to protect workers …

It’s time to MAKE IT FAIR!

Click here to take the pledge

 

 

ESS Elections, Constitution Changes and Committee Appointments 2016

This week, a call for nominations will go out for our bargaining unit elections. Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday May 9th, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hall in Maidstone

Map to St. Mary’s Hall

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If you are interested in running for a position, please email Crystal Leveille for a copy of the District 9 Campaign Guidelines and Complete the Nomination form.

Nomination and Committee Appointment Form 2016-2017
Completed Nomination forms can be faxed to 519-948-5401

What is the “Call for Nominations” period this year?

The period for nominations has identified the period of April 11, 2016- April 22, 2016 12:00pm as the “Call for Nominations” period for ESS Officers and Delegates.

This “Call for Nominations” is done in accordance with Bylaw 9 – Elections of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws.

Who can run for ESS Officer and Delegate positions?

Elections for the following ESS Officers and Delegates are open to any ESS member (permanent, temporary and casual) as defined in Article 3 of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws.
Article 3.1 Active members of the ESS shall include all employees of The Greater Essex County District School Board employed as Educational Support Staff Article 3.1.1 Active members in good standing shall have voting rights.

This year OSSTF-ESS will hold elections for the following positions:

  • President (1 to be elected)
    Recording Secretary (1 to be elected)
    Treasurer (1 to be elected)
  • AMPA Delegates & Alternates (6 Delegates & 2 Alternates – Total 8)
  • Collective Bargaining Committee (12 to be elected) 

How do I put my name forward for one or more of the positions?

ESS members interested in having their name stand at the ESS Annual Meeting on May 9, 2016 for one or more of the positions listed above must submit the form by fax or to Crystal Leveille at the District Office outlining:

The position(s) the individual is running for;
The name of the member moving the nomination; and
The name of the member seconding the nomination.

It is the responsibility of the member running for office to have their mover and seconder verify their willingness to support the nomination. This verification can be done by the mover and seconder through email or by the mover and seconder signing the nomination Faxed to the office. Please fax all nominations to the attention of Crystal Leveille (519-948-5401)

CALL FOR APPOINTMENTS FOR ESS REPRESENTATIVES FOR COMMITTEES/COUNCILS

Expression of Interest form for Committees—No election required

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Appointments for the 2016/2017 school year will be made by the ESS Executive at their May 2016 Meeting.

What is the “Call for Appointments” period this year?

The ESS Executive has identified the period of April 11, 2016- April 22, 2016 at noon . as the “Call for Appointments” period for ESS Representatives positions for Committees and Councils. This “Call for Appointments” is done in accordance with Bylaw 11 – Appointments of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws.

Who can put their name forward for an ESS Representative position?

Any ESS member (permanent or temporary support staff) as defined in Article 3.1 and Article 3.1.1 of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws can submit his/her name to the ESS Executive for consideration for appointment.
Article 3.1 Active members of the ESS shall include all employees of The Greater Essex County District School Board employed as Educational Support Staff.
Article 3.1.1 Active members in good standing shall have voting rights.

What Committees/Councils need ESS Representatives for the 2015/2016 school year?

This “Call for Appointments” is for ESS Representatives for the following Committee and Councils as outlined in Article 4.7 of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws:

Labour Council
Communications Political Action Committee
Educational Services Committee
Equity Committee
Scholarship Committee
Health and Safety Committee
United Way Committee
Special Education Advisory Committee Observer
Joint Employee Assistance Program
Student Placement Committee (1 Educational Assistant, 1Child and Youth Worker, 1 Developmental Services Worker, 1 EarlyChildhood Educator)
Board Mental Health Committee

What is the term of office and duties for the ESS Officers and Delegates?

All positions listed above have a one year term, commencing July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

How do I put my name forward for one or more of the positions?

ESS members interested in being appointed by the ESS Executive to one or more of the ESS Representative positions listed above should fax (948-5401) the Nomination form  to Martha Hradowy, President indicating their interest and identifying the specific Committee(s)/Council(s) of interest.

 

How will the appointments be decided?

Appointments to the ESS Representative positions will be done in May as outlined in Bylaw 11 – Appointments. The process for appointments is as follows:

1. The ESS President will present the names of interested members at the May Meeting of the ESS Executive.
At this meeting, the ESS Executive will appoint members to sit as ESS Representatives for the 2016-2017 school year.
Members appointed to Committees/Councils will be notified as soon as possible after the May ESS Executive Meeting.

How will the membership know who has been appointed to the Committees and Councils?
A list of members appointed will be posted on the OSSTF-ESS Team Site by the end of May.

 

Descriptions of Committees and Councils

Labour Council
Members interested in serving on Labour Council will attend monthly meetings of at CAW Local 200/444. Meetings are scheduled the 2nd Tuesday of every month and begin at 6:30pm. Members will act on behalf of OSSTF and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive.
Communication/Political Action Committee

Members interested in serving on the Communications Political Action Committee will attend monthly meetings at the OSSTF office. Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Communications and Political Action is responsible for the planning of election readiness activities and engaging members in the Political process at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels.

Educational Services Committee
Members interested in serving on the Educational Services Committee will attend monthly meetings at the OSSTF office. Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Educational Services committee is responsible for planning Professional Development opportunities for E.S.S members to be offered for all members.

Equity Committee

Members interested in serving on the Equity Committee will attend monthly meetings at the OSSTF office. Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Members of the Equity Committee are responsible for developing resources and coordinating events for OSSTF Gay Straight Alliance, Human Rights and Status of Women issues.

Scholarship Committee
Members interested in serving on the Scholarship will attend a meeting one time only OSSTF office. Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hr.
Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate in the selection of OSSTF scholarship award winners.

Health and Safety Committee

Members interested in serving on the Health and Safety Committee will attend monthly meetings at the OSSTF office.
Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Members of the Health and Safety Committee are responsible for addressing concerns and issues of member’s health and safety in the workplace.

United Way Committee

Members interested in serving on the United Way Committee will attend meetings and organize the OSSTF-ESS membership involvement in the United Way campaign. Members may be asked to attend meetings during work time and outside of work time along with our partners in the community to raise funds for United Way. The time commitment is more dedicated in the months of September and October, with a final wrap up in December. Release time is provided if meetings are called during working hours.

Special Education Advisory Committee Observer
Members interested in serving as the OSSTF-ESS SEAC observer will attend monthly meetings at the Board office.
Time commitment, approximately 3.5 hours per month during work time. Time release is provided for members interested in serving in this capacity.
Members will act on behalf the ESS and provide a written report to the ESS Executive.

Joint Employee Assistance Program
Members interested in serving on the JEAP committee will attend monthly meetings at the Board office downtown or JEAP office in Essex
Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Members of the JEAP committee responsible for providing suggestions for member wellness activities.

Student Placement Committee (1-EA, 1-DSW, 1 CYW, 1ECE)
Members interested in serving as the Student Placement Coordinator will be responsible for seeking out members to participate in taking on a student from St. Clair College. The member will work with the President of OSSTF-ESS, Principal Liaison, St. Clair College and members to coordinate student placements in all of the designations listed above. The time commitment is for the entire year to ensure students are placed in fall, winter and spring placements.

Mental Health Committee (1)
Members interested in serving as the ESS Representative on the Board Mental Health Committee will be responsible for seeking out members to participate in taking on a student from St. Clair College. The member will work with the President of OSSTF-ESS, Principal Liaison, St. Clair College and members to coordinate student placements in all of the designations listed above. The time commitment is for the entire year to ensure students are placed in fall, winter and spring placements.

Changes to ESS Constitution

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The ESS Constitution can be found below. Proposed changes will be accepted between April 11-April 22, 2016
Changes to the OSSTF-ESS Constitution
Amendments and changes to the constitution can be made as outlined below
5.1       Amendments to this constitution and by-laws may be made at any duly constituted meeting of the ESS in the following manner:
5.1.1    by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present, qualified to vote and voting, provided that notice of the proposed amendment shall have been given to the Recording Secretary at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting and provided that written notice of the proposed amendment has been posted/emailed to the membership of the ESS at least five (5) days prior to the meeting; or
      1. by a nine-tenths (9/10) vote of the members present, qualified to vote and voting, if notice in 5.1.1 has not been given.
        If you would like to recommend changes to the constitution you can forward the constitutional changes and recommended language on the attached form to the attention of Crystal Leveille no later than 12:00pm Friday April 22, 2016

AMPA Update,Attendance Management, Taking Your Gratuity Early

Watch President Paul Elliott’s address to Delegates to the Annual Meeting of the Provincial AssemblyPaul

President Paul Elliott’s address to delegates

( if not already registered, you can register your MyOSSTF account)

 

Effective July 1, 2016 OSSTF will begin collecting an additional dedicated strike fund levy at 0.3% of member pay in preparation for Bargaining.

 

Delegates passed a motion last weekend to approve a 0.3-per-cent levy to increase our member-protection account. The fund is used to cover strike pay and assist members in the event of job action. The fund intends to raise about  $10-million a year and would kick in any time the balance of the member-protection account falls below $140-million.

It is clear throughout the discussion that many leaders (including myself) felt that in light of the new Central bargaining process and the eventuality of central job actions OSSTF must be prepared to take job action in the event that negotiations falter. More information will be provided to our reps at the next scheduled rep meeting in April.

It is important to note that the additional levy of .7% will cease on June 30th for members and the 0.3% will be implemented.

Attendance Management Update

Kristen and I met with the board on Tuesday March 8th. In attendance at the meeting were representatives from all bargaining units within the Board, all Disability Management officers, the Coordinator of Human Resources and Superintendent Paul Antaya.  We were very clear to the board that the participation in the meeting in no way constitutes agreement with the implementation of the plan, and our participation in the meeting was to raise our concerns and receive information to share with our members.

 

The Board shared the following information with members.

  •  Clear Communication will be shared before April 1st to all employees about the Attendance Management program and the Board expectations about attendance
  • The policy will be “tweaked”
  • The BAR remains at 11 days in a 12 working month rolling period
  • The date to begin capturing absences will be September 1, 2015 (not November 2014)
  • a refresh of the program will be communicated to members
  • 5 days or more with substantiated medical do not count towards the accumulation of absences.
 I have no further information to share at this time, however once I do, I will be sure to communicate it to the membership as soon as possible.
I intend to meet with our Executive on March 23rd and the Executive will determine our next steps.

Taking your Gratuity Early?

Educators Financial is here advise you in whether it is in your best interest to take your gratuity early. (The process has yet to be determined for OSSTF members, however it is not to early to plan and prepare your options.)
Click on the Link below to read more information about taking the Early Payout

March Break Medical, AM Update, OMERS for Long Terms

March Break Medical Note

OSSTF-ESS has filed a grievance because the Board is requiring members to submit medical documentation if an absence occurs prior to and after the March Break. We must let the grievance process take its course, however in the meantime you must follow the board direction to submit medical. We believe the board does not have the ability to ask for medical as a blanket policy, rather they do have the right if they believe employees are using sick time inappropriately or are being fraudulent. We will keep the membership updated on the status of this grievance. Click here to view HR Memo March Break Absences

My OSSTF

Our OSSTF/FEESO Provincial Website has just changed. You will now need to register for an account with us to access some of the content on our website. Members and non-Members can register an account – it’s easy. You will also be able to recover your password more easily. For OSSTF/FEESO members, you will be able to access Members Only content through a new feature called “myOSSTF”. Find out more about the changes to our website.

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Registering an Account
Both active OSSTF/FEESO members and members of the general public interested in knowing more about OSSTF/FEESO can register an account by following these steps

 

Go to the Members’ Login page
Click the Register Now link
Fill in the information required, including your name, email and create a password, and click the Sign Up button. Note that your password must be at least 6 characters, including at least one letter, one number and one uppercase letter
An email will be sent to the email address you entered. Click the Confirm Registration link in the email within 48 hours

Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly

OSSTF/FEESO conducts an Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly (AMPA) with representatives from all its bargaining units each March.
The Provincial Assembly is the supreme legislative body of OSSTF/FEESO and is responsible for establishing or amending Federation policies, bylaws, constitutions, budgets, the annual Action Plan and for the election of the Provincial Executive and OTF Governors. AMPA begins Saturday March 12 and ends Monday March 14th . Your AMPA delegates for 2016 are Martha Hradowy, Kristen Garrett-Spanswick, Tracey Roddy, Kim Gordon, Irene Taylor, Danielle Godin, Christina Matyi, Treasure Zahorouski. For a full copy of the on-time resolutions you can visit AMPA Resolutions and Agenda

What’s Up with Supply Coverage??

We have had several inquiries about the availability of supplies. We are aware the the Board is short. They have scheduled an orientation session for Wednesday of this week and we are welcoming a number of new hires to the bargaining unit. This should help alleviate the shortage.

It is my understanding that the board hired a number of Temporary Support Staff to the Occasional Teaching list a month ago consequently removing a number of available day to day Temporary Support Staff.

Attendance Management Update

A meeting has been scheduled with all Presidents of all Bargaining Units and the Board for Tuesday March 8, 2016. OSSTF-ESS has raised a number of issues with the Board. We are hopeful that the board has listened to our concerns and will be prepared to accept the changes we recommended and that those recommendations will make the process easier to understand and less restrictive on our members rights. Our grievance on this matter is currently held in abeyance pending the outcome of Tuesdays meeting.

OMERS for Members in Long Terms

On Thursday,  we received notice from the Board that they intend to enrol members in Long Terms into the pension plan!

The central agreement outlines that members who work 35 hours per week over 10 months will automatically be enrolled into the pension plan. Locally, we believed that language was intended to include those members working in long terms. This would effectively remove the requirement for the 700 hour qualifying period over 2 years to optionally enrol in OMERS, therefore making enrolment mandatory for long terms.

The Board will be required to pass a formal motion to change the terms of reference at an upcoming Board meeting due to the language negotiated centrally.

OSSTF believes that a defined pension plan like OMERS is in members long term interest to receiving secure retirement income when they retire. For more information about OMERS you can visit our previous blog In this issue…myOMERS

I will certainly provide more information to affected members as the details become available. It would be unfair not to recognize the hard work of our provincial office staff in helping to achieve this significant improvement for our Temporary Support Staff.

Bowl for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Another s12042698_10153803290495266_2402229371493174849_nsuccessful community event in the books. Special thanks to Annalisa Fusaro ,
Nataly Barakat , Nicole Jackson, Jennifer Kailer, Jenn Marcoux, and Caitlin Wagar for putting our team together and raising funds for such a great cause!

 

Our next Community Outreach Event is scheduled for Sunday May 1, 2016 in Support of Kids Help Phone. Click here to register individually or as a school. We will be handing out OSSTF Swag and contributing to a great cause! Click Here to Join the OSSTF Team in support of Kids Help Phone GetImage.png

In the Legislature this Week

Update Week of Feb 27/2016

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also want to educate our new members as to their rights and responsibilities, both as members of OSSTF/FEESO and as employees.

 

OSSTF/FEESO, like every union, exists to protect and serve its membership — do not be afraid to ask questions or request assistance.

The five “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) categories on the link provided on the right will provide information about a wide variety of questions that new members often have about being part of a union in general or about OSSTF/FEESO in particular.

If you don’t find what you are looking for in any of the sections below, please fill in and submit the “Send us a message” form on the Contact Us page and someone will get back to you with an answer as quickly as possible. (courtesy of OSSTF website)

OSSTF Workshops presented by OSSTF members for OSSTF members.

The Educational Services Committee consists of representatives from each bargaining unit in Greater Essex  who sit on the committee.

The Committee meets approximately 4-6 times per year, depending on the needs of the Committee. This Committee is responsible for planning and organizing OSSTF-sponsored PD events.

We encourage any member interested in joining the Committee to  contact Martha Hradowy for more information. Please plan on attending the workshops below.

 

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In the Legislature this week….

The Government released their budget for 2016 in the Legislature on Thursday February 25th, 2016. We will provide updates on the next blog once we have had a chance to analyze review implications for members and the Education funding.

Learn More at https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-budget-2016

Government must put students first and address disrepair in schools

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Members of the Save Harrow High School committee are at Queens Park  lobby the provincial government to stop the closure of Harrow High School.

 

Full Circle: First Nations, Métis, Inuit Ways of Knowing

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Click Here to access Resources for Educators

This project is the culmination of work done over the past two and a half years by thirteen members of OSSTF/FEESO, most of whom are First Nation orMétis, or work extensively with Aboriginal students.   The lessons are designed to be implemented in a range of courses, such as civics, history, social sciences, English, geography, business, careers, physical education and science.  The resource has been produced as a PDF file on CD with an accompanying video on DVD.  Although the lessons are intended for use with high school curricula, the video and activity sheet may be of use to all Federation members who work with students.

Please note that textbook pages from Aboriginal Peoples In Canada and Aboriginal Beliefs, Values and Aspirations have not been reproduced in the on-line version. (courtesy OSSTF website)