OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

August 23, 2007 10:31 ET

Two Burning Issues Facing OSSTF: The Upcoming Provincial Election and Bargaining

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2007) - The upcoming provincial election and bargaining were the two main issues that Ken Coran, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) focussed on during his address to the more than 400 OSSTF activists and leaders from across the province.

"This will be an OSSTF bargaining year with almost 90% of our teacher and support staff contracts coming open within the next 12 months or so and we will be ready," said Ken Coran, OSSTF president. He added, "We will begin bargaining at the earliest opportunity and our priorities are straightforward. We want to ensure that in an era of declining enrollment the current complement of education workers is not only maintained but expanded and programs and services enhanced. We believe that smaller classes, increased individual student attention, cleaner and safer schools, more services and smaller waiting lists are what Ontario students deserve."

OSSTF also understands that some governments are easier to deal with and treat public education with more respect than others. That is why our members will be involved during this election campaign. Elections are always a crucial time for OSSTF and the students of Ontario. October 10 of this year will not be different," said Coran. "OSSTF believes in putting students first and ensuring that they receive the best possible education. We were very disappointed to see the Conservative party's proposal to introduce funding for private multi-faith schools. It would appear that they want to go back to the politics of divisiveness, where one group is pitted against another, that were the hallmark of the Harris-Eves years. During this election and beyond we will be pushing for a thorough and inclusive review of the funding formula and more services for Ontario's publicly funded schools," he concluded.

The OSSTF summer leadership conference runs over the weekend and is attended by over 400 union leaders from across the province. OSSTF's education platform to influence all parties running in the next provincial election is entitled the Students First Plan. A copy of the plan and additional background information can be found at www.ontariostudentsfirst.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, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education and universities.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867
    Cell: (416) 427-0589