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Ontario Secondary School
Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) 

This webpage is your source for information and communication updates concerning the labour situation with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF). Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Update – Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Halton District School Board is pleased to announce that a tentative local agreement has been reached with Halton Occasional Teachers in the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) - District 20.

The tentative deal must be ratified by both the local Halton OSSTF Occasional teacher members and the Halton District School Board. Terms of the tentative agreement will be shared once the ratification process is completed.

Local administrative sanctions will remain in place until the tentative agreement has been ratified by the Board and the local OSSTF membership.

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UPDATE – Monday, October 19, 2015

As of Monday October 19, all secondary teacher sanctions are lifted.  The tentative contract was ratified by OSSTF secondary school teachers  on Friday October 16,  2015, and previously by  Halton District School Board Trustees on Wednesday October 7, 2015.  This means that the Halton District School Board has an agreement with local OSSTF District 20.  

The OSSTF central agreement was reached on August 20, 2015.

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Update – Friday, September 25, 2015
Negotiations status update

The Halton District School Board provides the following update concerning the current status of negotiations:

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
• There is no provincial agreement with central ETFO and no talks currently scheduled.
• Halton local negotiations are continuing with meetings scheduled for September 28
• Union sanctions imposed across Ontario continue and include the withdrawal of services such as: 
- Not including coverage for absent teacher colleagues
- No scheduling of field trips 
- Not supervising extra-curricular activities on “Wynne Wednesdays”
- Not participating in school open houses or “Meet the Teacher” nights
- Not updating class websites

In response to these sanctions, extra-curricular activities have been scheduled to occur on other days of the week (not Wednesdays) and all cross country meets have been postponed because of teacher supervision issues and the inability to cover classes. 

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)
• Provincial talks have produced a central agreement which has been ratified.
• Local talks continue with meetings scheduled for September 30 and October 1.
• Most recent local sanctions include:
- Not participating in Grade 9 parent nights
- Not producing progress reports
- Not preparing or administering EQAO testing

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
• Provincial talks continue
• Local Halton talks continue with meetings scheduled for September 30 
• Phase 2 labour sanctions have been announced across the province beginning September 29. These additional sanctions include:
- Not sweeping hallways or entrances
- Not participating in school composting programs
- Not cleaning blackboards

Custodial staff in Halton have acknowledged that if these sanctions create an unsafe environment for students and staff, they will comply with all Health and Safety procedures.

The Halton District School Board remains committed to continuing to talk and bargain in good faith at the local level in order to reach a local agreement. The Halton District School Board will communicate any new information to families as soon as possible by email, on the HDSB and school websites, and through social media.

Thank you for your continued understanding.  _______________________________________________________________________

Update 8 – Thursday, August 20, 2015
Tentative deal reached with Ontario secondary school teachers

The Halton District School Board is pleased that Ontario's high school teachers have reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario government and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association regarding to central items. No details of the deal can be provided until this tentative deal is presented to OSSTF union members for ratification during the next few weeks and ratified by both parties.

Today’s early morning announcement of the tentative deal represents many hours and dedication on both sides. The Halton District School Board appreciates the work of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), the Ontario government, and the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA).

Due to the new two-tiered structure of labour negotiations,  an agreement is still required between the local Halton secondary school teachers union and the Halton District School Board regarding local issues.   Local talks are being scheduled to complete that process.
The Halton District School Board will continue to keep parents and students informed of the labour situation through updated information on our website at www.hdsb.ca and social media.

Note: Dates are scheduled for central negotiations with the provincial Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) for September 1st, 2nd  and 3rd, 2015. 

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UPDATE 7 – Thursday, July 23, 2015
Labour Update for Elementary and Secondary Families:

As parents are aware, all union educational workers, including Ontario teachers, are subject to a new negotiations framework through provincial legislation. This framework calls for a provincial (or central) negotiations on monetary issues and local negotiations on terms of employment. Educational workers have been without a contract for almost one year as this new process unfolds. 

In spite of both central and local talks, no settlements as yet have been reached. Both   secondary teachers and elementary teachers in Ontario are now in a legal strike position.  In June, this strike action took the form of a work-to-rule with teachers withdrawing from administrative functions such as report card mark entry and participation in professional development. 

Because all teachers are in a legal strike position, the terms of the strike action can change with little notice. Further strike action could include the withdrawal of additional services or a full walk-out in September.

Although we have not been formally notified, it is our understanding that without a settlement in September, both elementary and secondary teachers will not supervise extra-curricular activities such as sports, after school clubs, school band, etc.   

In Halton, we plan for additional local talks to continue the progress made prior to the summer break. A local settlement, however, would be difficult, if not impossible, without a central agreement on the monetary issues. It is our hope that central negotiations will be initiated in August and that those talks will produce a settlement and, therefore, avoid any withdrawal of service by teachers. 

The Halton District School Board will continue to keep parents and students informed of the labour situation through updated information to our website at www.hdsb.ca, through media releases and social media.

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UPDATE 6 – Thursday, June 18, 2015
Important notice to families of secondary school students:
Exams begin, labour sanctions remain in place

The Halton District School Board reminds parents of secondary school students that Semester 2 exams have begun. The labour sanctions announced on May 21, 2015 by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) remain in place, however they do not have an impact on the exam schedule.     

The sanctions indicated that teachers would provide marks only for report cards -- no comments or learning skills will be submitted by teachers.  The task of inputting student marks into the Board’s computer system is normally completed by teachers.  Secondary school principals and vice-principals will complete this work in order to produce June report cards for high school students.

Communication regarding how and when report cards will be distributed will be provided to students and parents directly from individual high schools.

Summer school will proceed as planned, beginning Monday, July 6, 2015. For more information, please refer to the Gary Allan High School website at www.garyallan.ca

For updated information on the OSSTF labour situation, please refer to the Halton District School Board  website at  www.hdsb.ca

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Update 5 – Friday June 12, 2015
OSSTF Labour sanctions have not changed

On Thursday,  May 21, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) Halton Local commenced a job sanction in the form of a partial withdrawal of service.

The job sanctions included the following: 
All secondary schools remain open with school bus transportation operating as usual. Further it has been confirmed that teachers will conduct all classes and will continue voluntary services (commencement, proms, and extra-curricular activities). Secondary school teachers will:

• Provide marks only for inputting on report cards (no comments, no learning skills)
• Picketing at lunch
• Wearing of OSSTF colours, or arm bands etc.
• No attendance at staff/department/school meetings 
• No input provided on credit recovery referrals or credit analysis forms for end-of-semester student promotion meetings.
• Other actions that will impact school and board administration

These sanctions remain in effect. 

Year-end procedures however, will be impacted in the following ways:
• Exams will go ahead as scheduled.  
• Report cards will be issued but they will contain marks only (no learning skills or comments).  
• Individual schools will communicate details of report card distribution.  
• Summer school will continue as scheduled, commencing on Monday July 6. 

 
Local bargaining is continuing and the Halton District School Board remains committed to continuing to talk and bargain in good faith at the local level in order to reach a local agreement.The Halton District School Board will communicate any new information to families as soon as possible by email, on the HDSB and school websites, and through social media.

Thank you for your continued understanding. 

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Update 4 – Friday, May 15, 2015

Important Notice for Secondary Families:
Union announces details of work-to-rule job action set to begin Thursday, May 21

To Families of Secondary Students:
 
Today, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has advised the Halton District School Board that it will commence a job sanction in the form of a partial withdrawal of service effective Thursday, May 21 at 12:01am.

All secondary schools will be open with school bus transportation operating as usual. Further it has been confirmed that teachers will conduct all classes and will continue voluntary services (commencement, proms, and extra-curricular activities).

At this time we have been informed by OSSTF that the work-to-rule will include the following actions by secondary teachers:

• Report only marks on report cards (no comments, no learning skills)
• Picketing at lunch
• Wearing of OSSTF colours, or arm bands etc.
• No attendance at staff/department/school meetings 
• No input provided on credit recovery referrals or credit analysis forms for end-of-semester student promotion meetings.
• Other actions that will impact school and board administration

Local bargaining is continuing and the Halton District School Board remains committed to continuing to talk and bargain in good faith at the local level in order to reach a local agreement.

The Halton District School Board will communicate any new information to families as soon as possible by email, on the HDSB and school websites, and through social media.

Thank you for your continued understanding. 

 

David Euale 
Director of Education

Kelly Amos
Chair of the Board

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