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OSSTF/FEESO to make bargaining process transparent to the public

TORONTO, ON September 24, 2019 — Today, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) launched an unprecedented approach to bargaining for its members in the school board sector in Ontario by releasing its initial negotiating proposals for teachers and support staff. “The release of our bargaining briefs is just the first step,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “Beginning today, we will be making our bargaining process transparent to the public.”

OSSTF/FEESO’s bargaining proposals focus on creating and sustaining the best possible student learning environment through protections against ballooning class sizes and the maintenance of adequate numbers of support staff and proper levels of assistance, especially for the most vulnerable students. OSSTF/FEESO is also proposing to take the endless wrangling out of bargaining for compensation. Members would receive a Cost of Living Adjustment so their real wages would remain constant.

“Our proposals are forward looking. We welcome and encourage the public to look closely to see if they align with their vision for publicly-funded education,” said Bischof.

“We are taking this extraordinary step because we are facing extraordinary circumstances,” continued Bischof. “With the announcement of cuts that are already diminishing education quality in Ontario, this government has publicly leveraged students’ educational experience against attempted concessions at the bargaining table. They have also introduced legislation to inappropriately interfere with the scope of negotiations.”

“None of this constitutes good faith bargaining. That’s why we’re taking a different approach, one that puts transparency at the heart of our negotiations,” concluded Bischof.

Full details about OSSTF/FEESO’s proposals will be available soon at BargainingForEducation.ca.  

 

 

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.

Contact Information

Harvey Bischof, President

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation

Phone: 416-751-8300

Toll Free: 1-800-267-7867

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