The Ministry of Labour has now released their Resource Guide entitled Workplace violence in school boards: A guide to the law. This guide was created with input and consultation from the Provincial Working Group on Health and Safety in which OSSTF/FEESO has two representatives. Paper copies will be made available through your school board but in the meantime, the guide is available on the Ministry of Labour website. https://www.ontario.ca/document/workplace-violence-school-boards-guide-law
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It was a great honour to attend Lobby Day at Queen's Park last week. OSSTF members across the province assembled at the Ontario Legislature to meet with their MPP and others to arise the very import issue about violence in our schools. We would like to take the time to thank Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound for meeting with us to discuss this very important topic. Please go to www.osstf.on.ca to find OSSTF Violence in the Workplace Resources.
The Office Professionals and Technicians Bargaining Unit Annual General Meeting will be held on May 11, 2017 at the Inn On The Bay in Owen Sound.
This is an election year for the executive so please check BY-Law 5 Election process in the OPT constitution. The constitution is posted on our member only site and the password to access was sent via email to you.
If you cannot locate the email please contact Karen Wilson at our Bluewater D7 District Office at 519-363-0222 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to provide Karen with your OSSTF membership number and name so she can verify that you are a OSSTF - OPT Bargaining Unit Member.
EQUAL PAY DAY IS THE DATE THAT SYMBOLIZES THE NUMBER OF DAYS WOMEN MUST WORK IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SAME AVERAGE WAGE AS MEN. IN 2017, WOMEN WILL HAVE TO WORK AN ADDITIONAL 101 DAYS, OR THE EQUIVALENT OF WORKING UNTIL APRIL 11, FOR THEIR AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS TO EQUAL THAT OF MEN. ALTHOUGH PAY EQUITY IS THE LAW IN ONTARIO, WOMEN CONTINUE TO EARN ON AVERAGE, 30% LESS THAN MEN. THIS PAY GAP AFFECTS WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND EDUCATION LEVELS. WOMEN OF COLOUR, ABORIGINAL WOMEN AND WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES FACE THE WORST DISCRIMINATION. THE EQUAL PAY COALITION (EPC) IS COMPRISED OF DOZENS OF UNIONS, WOMEN’S GROUPS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING TO END GENDER PAY DISCRIMINATION AND CLOSE THE GENDER PAY GAP THROUGH LEGISLATION, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND SOCIAL INITIATIVES. OSSTF/FEESO IS A MEMBER OF THE EQUAL PAY COALITION. THROUGH THE EPC AND THE OFL, OSSTF/FEESO IS PROVIDING INPUT TO THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT’S GENDER WAGE GAP WORKING GROUP. OSSTF/FEESO MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR RED ON APRIL 11TH TO MARK EQUAL PAY DAY. ATTACHED TO THIS MEMO ARE EQUAL PAY DAY FLYERS AND A PAMPHLET WHICH MAY BE DISTRIBUTED TO MEMBERS. BARGAINING UNIT LEADERS AND MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VISIT THE EQUAL PAY COALITION WEBSITE AT HTTP://EQUALPAYCOALITION.ORG/ FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RALLIES AND ACTIVITIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. BARGAINING UNITS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE THE EQUAL PAY COALITION GRAPHICS ON THEIR WEBSITES DURING THE WEEK LEADING UP TO APRIL 11TH AND THOSE UNITS WITH TWITTER ACCOUNTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RETWEET EQUAL PAY COALITION MESSAGES BY FOLLOWING @EQUALPAYON. FOR THOSE IN THE TORONTO AREA, EPC IS HOLDING A LEAFLET DROP/BUTTON DISTRIBUTION AT BAY AND KING AT 8 A.M. AND AT QUEENS PARK AT 11:30 A.M. ON APRIL 11TH.
The OPT Bargaining Unit has entered into a partnership with the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP). This partnership will allow us to share information with the membership directly from OTIP. We will also be able to offer retiree benefit workshops. OTIP is familiar to D7 OPT as they provide our LTD coverage. Through this partnership, we can continue to provide information and literature regarding programs such as FeelingBetterNow, Edvantage and CAREpath as well as OTIP’s individual insurance products such as home, auto, retiree and life insurance.
OTIP is a not-for-profit organization, specializing in providing insurance solutions for the education community. For almost 40 years, OTIP has provided the education community with unique insurance products and services.
The OPT AGM will be held this year at the INN ON THE BAY in Owen Sound on May 11, 2017 starting at 5:30.
This is an election year.By-Law 5 – Elections 5.1 Only Active Members, in good standing, of the OPT Bargaining Unit may be candidates for office.
5.2 Elections for Executive Positions shall be by secret ballot at the Annual General Meeting.
5.3 The Secretary of the Bargaining Unit shall bring forward a list of candidates for election to the Bargaining Unit Executive at the Annual General Meeting.
5.4 Candidates who wish their names to appear on the ballot may indicate their intention to run for office by submitting their name, supported by two (2) other Members’ signatures, to the Secretary of the Bargaining Unit at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the election.
5.5 Any member of the Bargaining may be nominated “from the floor” supported by two (2) other members as the mover and seconder of the motion to nominate.
5.6 Elections for Executive shall be in the order listed in Article 4 of the Constitution.
5.7 Everyone on the Bargaining Unit Executive shall be elected by a simple majority vote of those members present, qualified to vote and voting.
5.7.1 In any Election where after a particular ballot a further ballot may be necessary, the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes shall be dropped from succeeding ballots.
5.8 Defeated candidates shall be considered for other offices if they choose.
5.9 The term of office of the Bargaining Unit Executive shall be for two years, from July 1 to June 30. Article 4 – Organization of the Bargaining Unit 4.1 There shall be a Bargaining Unit Executive consisting of the following voting members:
4.1.2 First Vice President/Grievance Officer
4.1.3 Second Vice President
4.1.4 Chief Negotiator
4.1.7 One Area Rep for each of the five (5) Organizational Areas.
4.1.8 Other Bargaining Unit Officers shall be non-voting members deemed necessary by the Bargaining Unit Executive. Bargaining Unit Officers shall include:
Health and Safety Officer(s)
Education Services Officers (1 for Office Professionals, 1 for Technical Staff)
The Benefits Officer.
The District Treasurer
The Constitution Officer
18.104.22.168 The above named Officers except for the District Treasurer shall be appointed by the OPT Executive from volunteers solicited from the General Membership.