OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

April 21, 2009 09:47 ET

New Legislation Dealing With Workplace Violence on the Right Track

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - OSSTF congratulates the government for its introduction of new legislation to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act that will protect workers from harassment and violence.

"The amendments introduced to the Act clearly demonstrate that workplace violence and harassment will not be tolerated. Employers will now have to identify harassment and violence as hazards and implement policies and programs that are both preventative and responsive, says Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF).

"OSSTF has been advocating for changes to the Act for years, and highlighted the issue in April 2005, when we released our joint affiliate workplace violence and bullying survey of Ontario teachers and educational workers. OSSTF made it clear then that a definition of workplace violence was needed and protection for workers was an absolute necessity. In October 2008, OSSTF also submitted a paper to the Ministry of Labour's Consultation on Workplace Violence Prevention outlining our recommendations to prevent and address workplace violence and harassment", added Coran.

"Our members now look forward to the passage of this Bill and ensuring their input is included in the development and implementation of policies and programs that will help protect them in their workplaces," concluded Coran.

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
    Ken Coran
    (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867