TORONTO, ON - Oct 13 2016 — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) has now reached local teacher and support staff collective agreements with all of Ontario’s district school boards. The final tentative agreement to be reached was achieved on Wednesday night between the occasional teachers of OSSTF/FEESO District 5B and the Rainy River District School Board.
This last agreement comes more than 25 months after the previous local agreements with school boards across the province expired in August 2014.
“When we embarked on the new regime of central and local negotiations under the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, we would never have imagined that it would require more than two full years to conclude the process,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott. “The new contracts are already set to expire next summer, and unless something is done to ensure a more timely process, we are going to find ourselves in a state of perpetual bargaining with the school boards and the government.”
“The government is currently reviewing the process, and we are looking forward to seeing what changes are being considered,” concluded Elliott.
OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.