January 15, 2018 — Applications are now open to all members of OSSTF/FEESO for appointments to provincial standing committees and councils. Any member in good standing is encouraged to apply for one of our many provincial committees and councils for term and cooption positions.
Vacancies are available on the following Committees and Councils:
The APPLICATION FORM is available online and will require you to login in to the Registered User section of the website. The online form will migrate your member information from our database automatically.
If you have not yet confirmed your account on our website, you will be prompted to do so by using your email address. If you have any issues with confirming your account, please contact Membership Database at Provincial Office (416-751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867). If you encounter any issues with the online application form, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for on-time applications is March 1.
December 6, 2017 — On December 6, 1989, fourteen women at École Polytechnique in Montreal were targeted and killed simply because they were women.
Every year now, December 6 is observed as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. We honour the lives of the Montreal Massacre victims, and we remember all the women whose lives have been lost or impacted because of gender-based violence. It is also a day on which we renew our commitment to taking action.
“OSSTF/FEESO members have always taken an active role, both inside and outside of the classroom, in creating dialogue about gender-based violence,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “In recent weeks sexual assault and sexual harassment have been prominent in the news, but we know that those high-profile stories are just a small indication of a much wider problem – a problem that affects countless women whose stories will never be told on the national stage.”
“Twenty-eight years after the Montreal Massacre,” continued Bischof, “gender based-violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault still plague women in their workplaces, in their homes, and even in public spaces. That is why we must always work to keep the conversation going and change attitudes about violence against women.”
“Today, OSSTF/FEESO members across the province will be participating in events to honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre and all victims of gender-based violence. And they will continue to work with students throughout the school year to implement initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality, confronting sexism and misogyny, and preventing violence against women and girls,” concluded Bischof.
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OSSTF/FEESO conducts an Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly (AMPA) with representative from all its bargaining units. The Provincial Assembly is the supreme legislative body of OSSTF/FEESO and is responsible for establishing or amending Federation policies, bylaws, constitutions, budgets, the annual Action Plan and for the election of the Provincial Executive and OTF Governors.
Over 500 delegates from across the province will attend AMPA 2018 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto from March 9–12, 2018, to pass motions, vote on policies, and adopt the OSSTF/FEESO budget.
November 24, 2017 — Every year, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) recognizes November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and as the beginning of the annual White Ribbon Campaign in Canada.
“As educators, OSSTF/FEESO members understand that we have a unique obligation to take a central role in raising awareness about violence against women and girls,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “Today and every day, we encourage all levels of government to provide funding and deliver comprehensive strategies to address this issue.”
November 25 also marks the beginning of 16 days of activism against gender violence. Many OSSTF/FEESO members will set up commemorative displays in their work sites from November 27 to December 9. Federation will join all Canadians in commemorating December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, and the sixteen days of activism will conclude with the recognition of International Human Rights Day on December 10.
“We are proud and grateful that so many of our members are so strongly committed to raising awareness and demanding action on gender violence. OSSTF/FEESO’s Status of Women Committee takes the lead every year in organizing campaign materials, developing our December 6th commemorative poster, and reminding all of our members of the extent to which gender violence still plagues our communities,” said Bischof.
October 27 — November 7, 1997On October 27, 1997, teachers and support staff working in Ontario’s publicly funded elementary and secondary schools walked out of their worksites to protest pending legislation that would have been devastating to the province’s education system. Bill 160, The Education Quality Improvement Act, introduced by the Progressive Conservative government led by Premier Mike Harris, proposed a series of sweeping changes that would have significantly increased the workloads of education workers and created adverse learning conditions for students. The legislation would also have centralized virtually all decision-making power over publicly funded education with the Ministry of Education through increased regulatory authority.
“This was a proud moment for our union,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “We were faced with a government determined to torpedo years of progress and essentially dismantle a superb education system that we had helped to build. But our members, together with other education workers, rose to the challenge in an unprecedented display of solidarity against a government bent on undermining the very foundations of public education."
"As a relatively young teacher, walking those picket lines outside my school in Ajax, Ontario, I gained a profound understanding of, and lasting pride in, OSSTF/FEESO's role in defending this vital public institution," said Bischof.
The protest, which to this day remains the largest job action ever undertaken by education workers in North America, lasted for two weeks. Bill 160 was eventually passed but the Harris government backed away from some of the most contentious elements of the legislation.
“The 1997 protest over Bill 160 reminded us of the true meaning and value of solidarity and collective action,” continued Bischof. “Since that time, other governments have confronted us and have discovered that we are more than willing to defend both our rights and the integrity of public education."
“Our challenge now is to ensure that the current generation of education workers understands the importance of this anniversary and what it symbolizes. OSSTF/FEESO members must always remain vigilant and prepared to respond whenever our working conditions, the learning conditions of our students, or the values inherent in a strong public education system come under attack,” concluded Bischof.
November 2, 2017 — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) is proud to celebrate the Ontario Treaties Recognition Week, which will occur from November 5–11, 2017. Ontario passed legislation in May 2016 to recognize the importance of treaties and to bring awareness to the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the province.
OSSTF/FEESO continues its commitment to developing resources and supports for members in the area of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) education and to work with other stakeholders to support the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
OSSTF/FEESO has developed a number of resources and workshops for members. Among the resources available is Common Threads V – Full Circle: First Nations, Métis, Inuit Ways of Knowing, which is a full resource of cross curricular lesson plans and videos available to all members on the provincial website.
In addition to curriculum support, OSSTF/FEESO has a First Nations, Métis and Inuit Advisory Work Group, made up of members from across the province, which provides advice and support to the Federation on matters related to FNMI education and issues.
Members are encouraged to recognize Treaties Recognition Week in their schools and worksites from November 6–10.