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Ford Government Attack on Education

Date Posted: Wednesday March 20 2019

The Ford government's announcements about their reforms to education which include a change in staff funding ratios of 28:1 rather than 22:1, the introduction of mandatory e-learning credits centrally delivered, a cellphone ban and the potential elimination of Regulation 271 which governs fair and transparent hiring practices has been received as a blatant attack on student achievement and student success. This coupled with the transition of students on the autism spectrum returning to regular classrooms April 1 after the cuts to the OAP, will have dramatic impacts on our most vulnerable students. The changes to class size generators can also be seen as an attack on program availability and student choice. We will keep you posted via your private email and via your school reps. as to actions you can take to let the Ford government know how you feel about these proposed changes. In the mean time, consider contacting your MPP personally by phone or email and try to participate in the government consultations that are still open until May 31st.

District 24 Provincial Winner of Marion Drysdale Award

Date Posted: Thursday February 7 2019

We are so proud to celebrate our Eastwood CI student who won the Provincial Student Achievement Award in Category A5 French intermediate Grade 9 and 10. Peyton Wither will be cheered on by all 38 members of District 24 delegation to the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly of OSSTF in early March when the awards are presented!

No Cuts to Education Information Rally Postponed

Date Posted: Thursday February 7 2019

Due to inclement weather, our Information Rally at MPP, Amy Fee's, office originally scheduled for February 7 from 4 to 5 p.m. has been POSTPONED to February 13th at the same place and time.

2019 Marion Drysdale Student Achievement District Winners Announced

Date Posted: Tuesday December 18 2018

OSSTF District 24 is pleased to announce our District winners in the 2018/19 Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards Contest. This year's theme was "Ahead by a Century".

District winners will now be entered for judging at the Regional and Provincial levels. Provincial winners get a $1000 prize!

This year's District winners are:

A. Prose and Poetry Division

Category A-1: Prose and Poetry, Intermediate, 9-10 Academic:
 Baye Goodridge from ECI with her piece "Comet" (Teacher: Jon Krys)

Category A-3: Prose and Poetry, Senior, 11-12 University:
 Lillie Nadeau from GPSS with her piece "To Create and Destroy" (Teacher: Kelli Berrisford)

Category A-4: Prose and Poetry, Senior, 11-12 College/Workplace:
 Hogan Randell from ECI for his piece "Strive for the Future" (Teacher: Jon Krys)

Category A-5: Prose and Poetry, French Intermediate, 9-10:
 Peyton Wither from ECI for his piece "Je Suis la Terre" (Teacher: Jon Krys)


B. Visual and Media Division

Category B-1: Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10:
 Sydney Farrell & Mackenzie Johnston from ECI for their photography "Proud to be Accepted, Proud to be Me" (Teacher: Jon Krys)

Category B-2: Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12:
 Anna Winge Breen from CHCI for her picture "I Want to..." (Teacher: Conan Stark)

Category B-3: Digital Arts, 9-12
 Ebony Bridgewater from ECI for her video "What Can I Say?" (Teacher: Jon Krys)

OSSTF Support of Ottawa-Gatineau Tornado Appeal

Date Posted: Wednesday October 10 2018

At the September meeting of Provincial Council, a collection raised $2,719 towards assisting the Ottawa-Gatineau area as a result of the damage caused by the tornadoes.

In addition, the Provincial Executive passed a motion to match this collection to provide for a total donation of $5,438 to the Canadian Red Cross: Ottawa-Gatineau Tornado Appeal.

If Districts, Bargaining Units or individuals wish to donate, we encourage you to visit the link for Tornado Response on the Canadian Red Cross website http://www.redcross.ca

Thank you for your support.

Student Achievement Awards 2019

Date Posted: Monday October 1 2018

OSSTF/FEESO is pleased to announce the opening of the annual Student Achievement Awards. This year, OSSTF/FEESO is celebrating its 100th Anniversary as an education union in Canada. To coincide with OSSTF/FEESO’s 100th Anniversary, our Student Achievement Awards theme is “Ahead by a Century”. Two bilingual posters and information documents
were delivered to each workplace early in September to promote both the $1,000 provincial prizes and this year’s theme.

Included in each package sent to workplaces was an infographic outlining the application process and a student announcement template to assist in publicizing the awards and generating interest.

We are encouraging students, with the support of an OSSTF/FEESO member who has worked directly with them, to submit an original piece of writing, visual art or media based on this year’s theme, “Ahead by a Century”.

Schools must submit their winning entries to local district offices no later than November 16, 2018. District Offices will then submit the district winning pieces to the Provincial Office by December 3, 2018. Finally, provincial winners will be acknowledged and celebrated at our 100th Anniversary celebrations at the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly (AMPA) in March 2019.

Guidelines and entry forms for the Student Achievement Awards are available online at
http://www.osstf.on.ca/studentachievementawards

For more information, please contact Tracey Marshall, at (416) 751-8300 or 1 (800) 267-7867,
or by email at Tracey.Marshall@osstf.ca.

TBU Awards Winners 2017/18 Announced

Date Posted: Friday May 18 2018

On behalf of the TBU Awards Committee, I am so pleased to announce the 2017/18 winners of our Bargaining Unit Awards to be presented to our winners at our Annual Retirement and Awards Dinner on June 21st, 2018.

They are:

The Alan Murray Award: Nanci Henderson (EDSS)
The David Brohman Award: Diane Kewley (HHSS)
The Excellence in Occasional Teaching Award: Joseph Bainbridge (OT)

Congratulations to all of our winners.

Updated TBU Constitution now available

Date Posted: Tuesday May 15 2018

The TBU Constitution and By-Laws document has been updated to reflect the changes passed at the TBU AGM on May 15, 2018.

This document can be downloaded under the Document section of this website.

Annual Student Achievement Award Winners Announced

Date Posted: Friday December 1 2017

OSSTF District 24 is so pleased to announce our District winners in the 2017/18 Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards Contest. District winners will now be entered for judging at the Regional and Provincial winners. Provincial winners can win a $1,000.00 prize. This year's theme was What's YOUR Super Power?

This year's District winners are:

A. Prose and Poetry Division

Category 1: Prose and Poetry, Intermediate, 9-10 Academic:
Savannah Slimmon from CHCI for her prose piece "Adequacy Adorned" (Teacher: Lisa Kuruvilla)

Category 2: Prose and Poetry, Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential:
Thomas Spencer from ECI for his prose piece, "Humanity" (Teacher: Jon Krys)

Category 3: Prose and Poetry, Senior, 11-12 University
Paige Sweeney from CHCI for her prose piece, "Superpowers" (Teacher: Conan Stark)

B. Creative Division

Category 1: Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10:
Anna Smilek from WCI for her diptych photography and painting piece, "All for One" (Teacher: Emilie Kalinowski)

Category 2: Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12:
Sofia Martin from PHS for her photography piece, "The Power of the Pen" (Teacher: Alexa Liebregts)

Category 3: Digital Arts, 9-12
Watony Guerra from ECI for his video piece, "Humanity" (Teacher: Jon Krys)

First CarBCue Family Event a Great Success

Date Posted: Saturday September 30 2017

Beautiful fall weather cooperated to help make our second Family BBQ and first CarBCue (car show and BBQ) family event at the District Office a great success yesterday.
We had a nice set of cars with fan voting on favourites, a few of our new ARM Chapter retirees joined in the fun and the kids had a great time playing frisbee, manhunt and searching for hidden jewels on the property for prizes. As well, we had a kid and adult colouring contest, a nature walk and several options to donate money for local literacy charity, Strong Start for reading. Member Kris Devaul's family were the big winners for our Niagara weekend away and participants chose SMACA member Susan Faber's 1966 Mustang as the Best in Show winner at the car show!
Big thanks to the TBU CPAC and District Human Rights Committee for organizing this event. A 500 dollar donation will be made to Strong Start in October.

TBU Award Winners 2017

Date Posted: Thursday June 22 2017

We are pleased to announce the 2017 winners of our Teacher Bargaining Unit Awards. Congratulations to Alan Murray Award Winner, Shelley Shaw, from Huron Heights, David Brohman Award Winner, Darryl Weber, from Eastwood Collegiate and our inaugural winner of the OSSTF/Educators Financial Award for Excellence in Occasional Teaching, Nancy Spreitzer.

Forest Heights First Winner of District Human Rights Award

Date Posted: Tuesday April 4 2017

In its inaugural year, this award, was intended to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by inspiring students to make their communities a better place. WRDSB Secondary School Clubs were encouraged to propose an idea related to promoting human rights issues in their school and/or community.

The District 24 OSSTF Human Rights Committee will be granting one award to Forest Heights teacher, Sarah Stockford, and the school's student organizer of Girls Night In, Farah Wahib, to assist them in their activity which empowers young women in their diverse school population.



(The District 24 HRC exists to inform and educate all members of human rights legislation, and issues in Canada, Ontario, their local community, and within their workplace; and to research and direct members to relevant resources that can assist them in achieving equity and inclusion.)


Rob Gascho elected Vice - President of Provincial OSSTF

Date Posted: Friday March 17 2017

We are pleased to announce that District 24 nominee, Rob Gascho, former District President and T/OTBU President of D24 Waterloo, was elected Vice-President of OSSTF during the Annual General Meeting of the Provincial Assembly this past weekend. Rob will serve a two year term as Vice President, working at Mobile Drive for over 60,000 OSSTF/FEESO education workers across Ontario.

D24 Celebrates Regional and Provincial Student Achievement Award Winners

Date Posted: Wednesday February 15 2017

Please find below the Provincial OSSTF bulletin announcing the winners of the 2017 Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards.

Congratulations to Kate Foster from GCI who was a Regional Winner in the French 9-12 category and to the ESL DOI Class at GCI who were named both Regional Winners and who also received a Provincial Honorable Mention in the Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential category for Prose and Poetry

The 2017 Student Achievement Awards, in honour of Marion Drysdale, received an extensive
variety of creative submissions from across the province. Last year’s Recognition and
Promotion subcommittee of CPAC chose this year’s theme of #MirrorMirror and it certainly
captured the students’ imaginations.

After receiving district-winning entries in December, submissions went through rigorous regional
and provincial judging. The Regional and Provincial winners can be found below.

REGIONAL WINNERS

Prose & Poetry Division
Category A-1 - Intermediate, 9-10 Academic
Region 1: Olivia Heppner, Hammarskjold High School, District 6A
Region 2: Nakita Johnson, White Pines Collegiate & Vocational School, District 2
Region 3: Nader Elshawish, Westminster Secondary School, District 11
Region 4: Joannie Patterson, École secondaire catholique Renaissance, District D.32, Unité 64
Region 5: Catherine Cadigan, I. E. Weldon Secondary School, District 15

Category A-2 - Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential
Region 1: Ivy Nelson, Manitouwadge High School, District 6B
Region 3: Whole Class (ESL DOI), Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, District 24
Region 4: Sahana Sivakumaran, Humberview Secondary School, District 19
Region 5: Nick Boudreau, North Hastings High School, District 29

Category A-3 - Senior, 11-12 University
Region 1: Autumn Ziebarth, Hammarskjold High School, District 6A
Region 2: Nicola George, Parry Sound High School, District 4
Region 3: Grace Sabutsch, Belle River District High School, District 9
Region 4: Akira Chaita, Innisdale Secondary School, District 17
Region 5: Charlotte Moryto, Fellowes High School, District 28

Category A-4 - Senior, 11-12 College/Workplace
Region 1: Brendon Shipston, Hammarskjold High School, District 6A
Region 2: Shaylynn Bain, Parry Sound High School, District 4
Region 3: Sahra Blatz, Valley Heights Secondary School, District 23
Region 4: Madison Duck, South Lincoln High School, District 22
Region 5: Danni Maxwell, Bayridge Secondary School, District 27

Category A-5 - French, 9-12
Region 2: Emma Story, Almaguin Highlands Secondary School, District 4
Region 3: Kate Foster, Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, District 24
Region 4: Rania Rejdal, École secondaire Franco-Jeunesse, District D.32, Unité 64
Region 5: Isabelle Dufour, Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, District 26

Creative Division
Category B-1 - Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10
Region 1: Maya Bragnalo, Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, District 6A
Region 2: Anna Lachine, Michipicoten High School, District 2
Region 3: Hannah Sladics, Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, District 11
Region 4: Calista Van Der Vleuten, Brock High School, District 13
Region 5: Allaura Langford, Peterborough Alternative Continuing Education (PACE) at PCVS,
District 14

Category B-2 - Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Region 1: Myshalla Grant, Geraldton Composite High School, District 6B
Region 2: Katie-Lynn Biladeau, Espanola High School, District 3
Region 3: Dylan Taylor, Glendale High School, District 11
Region 4: Carol Zhai, Glenforest Secondary School, District 19
Region 5: Evelyn Lougheed, Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute, District 27

Category B-3 - Digital Arts, 9-12
Region 1: Karli Wright, Geraldton Composite High School, District 6B
Region 2: Haley Griffiths, Almaguin Highlands Secondary School, District 4
Region 3: Sarah Bauman, Matt Downs and Claire Rachar,
H. B. Beal Secondary School, District 11
Region 4: Soliman Ali, Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School, District 19
Region 4: Kirsten Rowe and Colby Koopman, Ajax High School, District 13
Region 5: Luke Belch, Centennial Secondary School, District 29

PROVINCIAL WINNERS
Prose & Poetry Division
Category A-1 - Intermediate, 9-10 Academic
Region 3: Nader Elshawish, Westminster Secondary School, District 11

Category A-2: Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential
Region 5: Nick Boudreau, North Hastings High School, District 29

Category A-3: Senior, 11-12 University
Region 3: Grace Sabutsch, Belle River District High School, District 9

Category A-4: Senior, 11-12 College/Workplace
Region 5: Danni Maxwell, Bayridge Secondary School, District 27

Category A-5: French, 9-12
Region 5: Isabelle Dufour, Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, District 26

Creative Division
Category B-1: Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10
Region 5: Allaura Langford, Peterborough Alternative Continuing Education (PACE) at PCVS,
District 14

Category B-2: Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Region 1: Myshalla Grant, Geraldton Composite High School, District 6B

Category B-3: Digital Arts, 9-12
Region 4: Kirsten Rowe and Colby Koopman, Ajax High School, District 13

Honourable Mention Certificates
Category A-2 - Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential
Region 3: Whole Class (ESL DOI), Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, District 24

Category B-2 - Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Region 3: Dylan Taylor, Glendale High School, District 11

NOTE: Honourable Mention Certificates will be sent to those students after AMPA, along with a
congratulatory letter

Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Award Winners Announced

Date Posted: Monday December 5 2016

As a District, we are pleased to announce the 2016-17 winners of the Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards. Thank you to all the teachers who supported our 15 nominees! Each of these winner's works of art, prose and poetry are now off to Provincial Office for Regional and Provincial voting. We will keep you posted on how they do!

Winner in the Visual Arts B-1 Category, Intermediate Gr. 9-10:Janet Tang from WCI, "Painful Beauty"(Teacher Sponsor: Emilie Kalinowski)

Winner in the Visual Arts B-2 Category, Senior Gr. 11-12:Destiny Leggo from PHS, "Is That Me?"(Teacher Sponsor: Alexa Liebregts)

Winner in the Digital Arts B-3 Category, Gr. 9-12:Sarah Eadie from KCI, "Mirror, Mirror, Let Me Go"(Teacher Sponsor: Jason Schmuck)

Winner in the Prose and Poetry A-1 Category, Intermediate Gr. 9-10, Applied/Essential:ESL DOI Class from GCI, "#thankful"(Teacher Sponsor:Leigh-Anne Lowes) 

Winner in the Prose and Poetry A-2 Category, Intermediate Gr. 9-10 Academic:Annabella Cairns from KCI, "How To See With Your Eyes Shut"(Teacher Sponsor: Melinda Paas)

Winner in the Prose and Poetry A-3 Category, Senior 11-12 University:Jacquelyn Morley from WCI, "Your Life In My Eyes"(Teacher Sponsor: Stephan Latour)

Winner in the Prose and Poetry A-5 Category, French, Gr. 9-12:Kate Foster from GCI,"Libre"(Teacher Sponsor: Jazmine Muller-Germann)

Dwayne Shouldice wins prestigious Health and Safety Award

Date Posted: Thursday November 17 2016

We are so pleased to announce that Dwayne Shouldice, who serves as the TBU Health and Safety Officer, the District 24 Health and Safety Officer and as Co Chair for the Employers Joint Health and Safety Committee was awarded the Ontario Health and Safety Centre and Waterloo Region Labour Council's Health and Safety Activist Award for his longtime commitment to Health and Safety for Ontario Workers. Dwayne was presented the award on November 17 at the Annual Health and Safety Recognition Dinner, to which we invite all of our school based Health and Safety Officers.
Congratulations Dwayne!

Educators' Financial Group Launch Financial Kickstart Challenge

Date Posted: Sunday September 18 2016

Here are some of the highlights:

Educators developed the Financial Kickstart Challenge with advice from OSSTF/FEESO and members of the community

It answers a growing need among members of all ages (but specifically younger members) to learn more about financial planning, budgeting, investing and borrowing

The Financial Kickstart Challenge is an interactive experience where participants take a couple of minutes to complete an online self-assessment tool. It assesses financial behaviours and identifies where they should focus from a financial literacy point of view

There is a web-based follow-up mechanism that provides relevant financial literacy information, online tools and tips to achieve financial success

Go to http://www.educatorskickstart.ca/
If you have any questions, please contact Educators Financial Group directly at 416-752-6843 (1-800-263-9541)

Labour Day Picnic in the Park

Date Posted: Monday September 5 2016

With all proceeds going to the United Way KW and Cambridge, your Waterloo Regional Labour Council presents the Annual Labour Day Picnic in Waterloo Park West from noon to 4 p.m. on September 5, 2016.

Food is free with a donation to the United Way, there is a children's play area, face painting, balloons, draws and live music.

Take a break from Labour Day weekend school worries and come over to the park!

You and your family and friends can rsvp here at
http://www.wrlc.ca

Shut Down WLU Rally for CUPE 926

Date Posted: Wednesday July 13 2016

Click the link below for information on how you can support the small group of 100 unionized CUPE custodians at WLU who are standing up for equitable hiring practices and who are fighting against a two-tiered union/non-union workplace where contracting out is taking the place of good union jobs.

Rob Gascho, from Provincial OSSTF, and Sherry Freund, TBU President, will be flying the OSSTF flag at this Friday's rally in support of striking Local 926. Hope you can join us.

RSVP that you will attend as an affiliate member of the Waterloo Labour Council:

http://www.wrlc.ca/shut_down_wlu_rally_for_cupe_926?recruiter_id=4713/,/A/

Alan Murray Award and David Brohman Award Winners Announced

Date Posted: Wednesday June 1 2016

The Bargaining Unit is pleased to announce the winner of the Alan Murray Award for 2016 is Susan Danic from KCI. The Alan Murray Award is given annually in memory of Alan Murray, a Local and Provincial leader of OSSTF. The winner is a member who demonstrates Exceptional Educational Leadership in the areas of teaching, dramatic arts, communications, federation involvement, and concern for high-needs students.

In addition, the winner of the David Brohman Award for 2016 has also been announced as Savio Wong from WODSS. The David Brohman Award is given annually in memory of long-time Chief Negotiator, David Brohman. The winner is a member who is seen as a firm defender of the collective agreement and who is a diligent representative of teacher members, exhibiting acts of kindness, compassion and caring for both colleagues, family and community.

Congratulations to both Susan and Savio who will be presented with their awards at our Annual TBU Retirement and Awards dinner on June 23rd.

World Festival of Children's Theatre June 5 - 14

Date Posted: Tuesday May 17 2016

The World Festival of Children's Theatre is about to land right next door in Stratford, Ontario! There are lots of opportunities for OSSTF members to take advantage of the opportunity to take their students to see children performing for children and young people. True North Theatre from Australia is just one example of a company with a strong message about a variety of social issues for grades 7 to 10 in particular. There are other performances that show the connections between the childrens world and what adults perceive, so thinking outside the box of drama, the festival welcomes other subjects and teachers too. For example, several productions will be in Spanish, so perhaps teachers of Spanish will want to attend. The ticket prices are very low: just five dollars! It is going to be fascinating. You will find several files that will give you more background on the plays, plus a master schedule and the festival overview posted as attachments on the Waterworks conferences entitled OSSTF and Secondary OT.

PLAY! A Symposium is a teacher PD opportunity. It is a 2.5 day chance to examine the idea of creativity and play in all ages of people, but mainly the young. All of Canadas top experts will be here, as well as Jonothan Neelands and Patrice Baldwin from Great Britain, Clowns Without Borders and Right to Play, as well as international experts from Australia, (possibly) Iran, South Africa, Germany and other countries. It is at the University of Waterloo Stratford campus. More information and registration can be found at:
http://www.playsymposium.com
OSSTF contract and LTO members can take advantage of STEL funds that are available for this PD opportunity.

You can also read more about the festival and symposium in the latest issue of Education Forum, starting on page 11:
http://education-forum.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Winter-2016-digital.pdf

Common Threads VI Resource Now Available

Date Posted: Thursday May 12 2016

OSSTF/FEESO is excited to announce the release of the sixth Common Threads Project:
The Sustainable Society.
The Common Threads VI Project is a culmination of the work done over the past two and a half years by six members
of OSSTF/FEESO from across Ontario. The Project explores the approaches taken to achieve and maintain social justice, equity, fairness, and democracy by contrasting and comparing two countries, Norway and Venezuela, and how each uses its petroleum resource to promote a Sustainable Society.
Unlike the release on CD/DVD of the previous five projects, The Sustainable Society is being
released electronically on the OSSTF/FEESO website:
http://www.osstf.on.ca/common-threads-sustainable-society
Unit One is now available on the website with Units Two, Three and Four to be made available
over the next few weeks.
For a more in-depth and interactive exploration of this resource, workshops are available to
school teams, work place groups, bargaining units or districts. The workshop can be tailored to
meet the needs of the group and ranges from one hour to two and half hours in length.
To book a workshop or for further information contact Rob Dubyk at the Provincial Office,
1-800-267-7867 or by email, rob.dubyk@osstf.ca

Break Open, Burst Out: Authentic Leadership for Women of Colour

Date Posted: Thursday April 21 2016

Presidents were asked to forward this info to interested OSSTF women members who are of First Nations, Metis, Inuit background or persons of colour. These members are encouraged to examine the information for an on-line resource for Break Open, Bust Out: Authentic Leadership for Women of Colour available at this website:
http://animaleadership.com/training/break_open/
The Provincial Executive has approved the payment of the registration fee for up to 10 OSSTF members to participate in this 6-week on-line leadership program for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour. The on-line program will run from May 2 -June 6, 2016. The information is available in English only; funding for participation will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
Offered by Annahid Dashtgard, the program uses an innovative and holistic philosophy that combines concrete leadership training with community responsibility and spiritual awareness. Annahid has over twenty years’ experience designing systemic change initiatives and coordinating programs at local, national and international levels, in government, education, non-profit and healthcare sectors. She has worked with organizations such as: The Centre for Social Innovation, United World Colleges Network, The Council of Canadians, The Centre for Social Justice, Canadian Labour Congress, Tatamagouche Education Centre, Oxfam Canada and Planned Parenthood.
Questions about accessing funding to participation through provincial office may be directed to Rosemary Judd-Archer. Interested members are encouraged to submit their names to rosemary.judd-archer@osstf.ca, as quickly as possible.

OSSTF Regional Math Symposia 2016

Date Posted: Wednesday April 20 2016

OSSTF has received additional funding to support professional development opportunities to specifically enhance math supports in the classroom. This funding is based upon the original January 8, 2014 announcement from the Ministry of Education.

The Educational Services Department of OSSTF is planning for the delivery of regional events to provide the content of earlier OSSTF Math Forums (2014 and 2015) to more members. Regional sessions will offer keynote and workshop presentations to promote balanced learning that focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, and practice in basic math operations. Each symposium will also provide an opportunity to explore how to better understand and engage learners.

Our regional math symposium is being held in Collingwood, Ontario on Monday, May 30th
Registration to attend the symposium, fully funded by OSSTF through the Ministry of Education, is available to the following OSSTF members:

one academic math teacher per secondary school
one applied/essential math teacher per secondary school

If interested, please contact Sherry Freund at sherryfreund@bellnet.ca and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

OSSTF Provincial Benefits Update

Date Posted: Monday April 18 2016

The Central Table Agreement that was ratified by OSSTF bargaining units included the prospect of moving all OSSTF members that are currently in a school board benefit plan into a single Provincial Benefit Plan. As you may suspect, this process is very complicated and involves many steps. A key requirement for the plan to move forward is the determination of adequate funding for the comprehensive health and dental plan. OSSTF is in the process of verifying the school board funding contributions to the plan. Assuming sufficient funding is identified, OSSTF will then be in a position to begin implementation of a Provincial Benefit Plan as outlined in the steps below.

An OSSTF work group was struck to review current health and dental plan designs that OSSTF members participate in and to study current trends in benefit plan design. This work group will ultimately create a draft Provincial Benefit Plan design that will go to the OSSTF Provincial Executive and Provincial Council for approval. This approval process is scheduled to be completed by early June, 2016. The plan design will be introduced to all OSSTF benefit plan members in September, 2016.

Another major task in moving OSSTF members to a new Provincial Benefit Plan is the transfer of member information from the current employer database to the Provincial Benefit Plan database. With the assistance of OTIP, the necessary infrastructure is now in place. Meetings are being held with school board human resources officials to ensure the transfer of information is seamless and that privacy of the information is protected. Prior to the plan start up, you will be asked to update and verify your benefit plan information in the new system. More detailed communication on the plan sign-on will be coming in future communications.

As you know, the Central Agreement ensures that your access to your current benefit plan is protected until your transition to the Provincial Benefit Plan. Moving all OSSTF benefit plan members to the new Provincial Benefit Plan at the same time would exceed the capacity of the database system. OSSTF members will transition to the new Provincial Benefit Plan in waves beginning in the fall of 2016.

The Provincial Benefit Plan will be governed by a 9 member Employee Life and Health Trust. Four trustees to the ELHT will be appointed by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and five will be appointed by OSSTF. The five appointed by OSSTF will be comprised of the following:

An active member
An active or retired member
2 staff of OSSTF
And an appointee, not affiliated with OSSTF

OSSTF/FEESO has appointed the following trustees to the trust:

1) Desiree Francis
Former OSSTF/FEESO Executive Member
Active or Retired Member Trustee
2) Randy McGlynn
Former CEO of the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan
Independent Trustee
3) Dayle Whittaker
Benefits Officer – District 24 Waterloo
Active Member Trustee
4) Associate General Secretary – Professional Services
5) Associate General Secretary – Protective Services

You will be kept up to date with the progress of the Provincial Benefit Plan with regular communications via newsletters, web postings and bargaining unit meetings. A Question & Answer document is being developed.
If you have any questions, please contact:

Dale Leckie, Executive Director
OSSTF Benefits
Dale.leckie@osstfbenefits.ca

Diane Yocom, Administrator
OSSTF Benefits
Diane.yocom@osstfbenefits.ca