Check out the following articles in the local media regarding job action.
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NOTICE OF MEETING
CENTRAL/LOCAL STRIKE VOTE
NOVEMBER 5, 2019
HARRY LUMLEY BAYSHORE COMMUNITY CENTER
1900 3RD AVENUE EAST, OWEN SOUND
PIZZA (REGULAR AND GLUTEN-FREE) & WATER WILL BE PROVIDED
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Central negotiations, at both the Support Staff and Teacher/Occasional Teacher tables, continue to progress extremely slowly so we have been directed by the OSSTF Provincial Executive to conduct a central strike vote as outlined under the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act.
It is imperative that all members attend this meeting as the strike vote will take place after the meeting.
Process – All members attending the meeting will be required to sign in and will be given one ballot to cast their vote. No Proxy Votes allowed. A Provincial Executive member and an OSSTF staff member will be updating the members on why OSSTF is moving forward with the strike vote and how the process works. There will be time for members to ask questions.
I will have RedForEd T-shirts at the meeting if you would like to grab one.
If you haven't already done so, please check out www.bargainingforeducation.ca. OSSTF is keeping this webpage updated regarding all of the Teacher/Occasional Teacher and Support Staff Bargaining.
This Friday September 27th, OSSTF Bluewater is holding an Education March at Bill Walker's Constituency Office in Owen Sound. It will start at 3:15 pm and go until 5 pm. We need to make sure that we continue to show the government that their cuts are unacceptable. Wear #RedForEd to show your support and bring a picket sign if you can.
The end of the summer is upon us and with that, the annual Labour Day Parade in Port Elgin. One of our new Provincial Liaisons for the district, Karen Littlewood, is planning on joining us for this year's festivities! Marshalling area is in the parking lot at Home Hardware prior to the parade start at 11 am. Hope to see you there!
In June, the OSSTF released a "report based on research by the Conference Board of Canada as evidence that provincial cuts to public education will impact high school graduation rates and lead to higher fiscal costs for the Ontario Government.
The report's key findings include:
- Each dollar invested in public education generates $1.30 in total economic impacts to Ontario. As the same time, the inverse holds true for each dollar taken from public education.
- Increased investment in public education that lifts Ontario's high school graduation rates to 90.0 percent, matching the highest in the country, could generate average fiscal savings of $16.4 million per year on social assistance, health care, and criminal justice. That could accrue to total savings of $3.5 billion over the course of two decades.
- In a reverse scenario, where high school graduation rates instead fall to 82.6 percent, Ontario would spend an additional $18.0 million each year on these programs. Over a 20-year period, that could amount to total fiscal costs of $3.8 billion.
- Each additional high school graduate saves the Ontario government (on average) $2,767 each year on social assistance, health care and criminal justice, while each additional high school non-completer costs the province $3,128 each year.
- Public education can generate social benefits, such as a healthier population, a higher standard of living, and a reduction in crime. That lessens demand for Ontario's social assistance, public health care, and criminal justice services."
For more information about this report visit https://betterschoolsstrongereconomy.ca/
As we enter into a time of bargaining, take a look at this short video and pamphlet about how bargaining works.
This video and accompanying pamphlet helps to explain how the central bargaining process works. The video starts acknowledging that medical benefits are something that unions have fought for and won. While this is commonly the case, it is unfortunate to say that medical benefits are not available to OTs in District 7.