OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

January 11, 2008 14:30 ET

Ottawa OSSTF Support Staff to Take Strike Vote to Send Strong Message to Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2008) - Members of four support staff units of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, (OSSTF) will be taking a strike vote on Sunday, January 13, to back demands for improved contract provisions with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The support staff workers are members of the Ottawa-Carleton, OSSTF District 25 and include members of the Educational Assistants' Bargaining Unit, the Education Support Professionals Bargaining Unit, the Plant Support Bargaining Unit, and the Professional Student Support Personnel Bargaining Unit. Some of these members have been without a contract since August 2006 and the remainder have been without a contract since August 2007.

"The work that these 2,200 members perform is critical to the safety, well-being and educational success of our students," said Jack Jones, OSSTF Vice President and Chair of the bargaining teams. "We have met with the school board on numerous occasions and there is still no contract in sight."

"This vote is not about wanting a strike; it is about getting a fair contract that allows these members to continue working on behalf of all Ottawa-Carleton students," concluded Jones.

The units are in conciliation with the Ontario Labour Relations Board and are committed to continue meeting with their employer.

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, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Jack Jones
    Vice President
    (416) 751-8300 or Toll Free: 1-800-267-7867
    Cell: (416) 949-1494