OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

May 22, 2012 14:56 ET

OSSTF/FEESO Launches Ad Campaign to Support Collective Bargaining

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 2012) - The over 60,000 members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) are standing up to the McGuinty Government's threat to undermine their efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement with school boards across the province.

Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) stated that "we are launching full page newspaper ads across Ontario this week highlighting the offer we made that addresses the government's fiscal challenges while maintaining high quality public education. OSSTF/FEESO also offered other significant cost saving measures." Coran emphasized that "Premier McGuinty asked for a wage freeze, we gave it to him, and more. However, the government refuses to consider any of our proposals. Instead of having meaningful discussions, the government, through its budget, has imposed changes to education funding that override provisions in collective agreements before the negotiation process has even begun with school boards."

Coran continued, "for the past eight years, the Ontario Government and the Federation have worked together to create a collaborative relationship that has resulted in a stronger and more stable education system that puts students first. He added, "these gains have all been achieved as a result of the hard work of teachers and education workers, and because of the peace and stability that we have created together."

"The McGuinty Government now risks labour unrest and the gains we have made together in public education which include a 14% increase in secondary school graduation rates and the highest rates of math, reading and science achievement in Canada. Ontario is one of only a few jurisdictions in the world where 92% of students are meeting or exceeding international education standards," stated Coran.

"In response to the government's refusal to consider alternatives and allow unimpeded collective bargaining to proceed, OSSTF/FEESO is urging its members and the public to demand that Premier McGuinty allow the parties to discuss alternative ways to reach a fair negotiated settlement so that our members can continue to do what they do best - educate and support the students of Ontario," 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, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

To view the Ad associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/OSSTF_FEESO_Ad.pdf.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    416.751.8300 or 1.800.267.7867