OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

March 08, 2014 09:17 ET

OSSTF/FEESO Supports International Women's Day

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 8, 2014) - Today marks International Women's Day, and the culmination of a week-long global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women. March 8, 2014 is an opportunity to reflect upon the work of women activists, past and present, and to consider the work still left to do to advance the cause of women's equality. The United Nations theme for International Women's Day is Inspiring Change.

OSSTF/FEESO joins with women's organizations, unions and workers everywhere to both celebrate and advocate for women. OSSTF/FEESO recognizes the important gains that unions have made for women throughout Canada, and laments the on-going anti-union sentiments expressed by both the federal government and the provincial Conservative party under Tim Hudak. Provisions for pregnancy/parental leave, family care leave and pay equity legislation all point to the important role that unions play in the lives of women and their families. It's clear that an attack on unions constitutes an attack on women's rights and their struggle for equality.

"OSSTF/FEESO has a long history of promoting equality for women," said OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott. He added, "As education workers, our members play an instrumental role in advocating for the rights of girls and women. Through our partnerships with organizations like the White Ribbon Campaign, coalitions working on pay equity and childcare, as well as our involvement in campaigns such as Sisters in Spirit and Women's Memorial Marches, we continue to bring attention to the struggle for women's rights."

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

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Paul Elliott
    President
    416.751.8300 or 1.800.267.7867
    www.osstf.on.ca