TEACHERS' BARGAINING UNIT
The District 7 Teachers' Bargaining Unit (TBU) represents approximately 350 teacher members in 9 secondary schools and a number of alternate sites in the Bluewater District School Board. Continuing education teachers, home instruction teachers, and secondary teachers in central support positions are also members of the Teachers' Bargaining Unit.
Each school has an elected branch president. See your branch president to learn how to get involved at the school and committee level.
Members who do not receive our email communications should email us at email@example.com and ask to be added to our mailing list.
TELL YOUR MPP "NO CUTS TO EDUCATION!"
Bargaining for Education
OSSTF has posted our central bargaining brief, as well as the government’s/OPSBA’s position for the public to see. The site is updated regularly as central negotiations continue.
Better Schools, Stronger Economy: The Economic Case for Investing in Education
A recent Conference Board of Canada report noted that education is the most powerful route to improving private and public prosperity and well-being: “Strong education systems not only lead people to higher incomes…and to contribute disproportionately to business innovation, productivity and national economic performance, but to have higher rates of civic engagement, life satisfaction [and a] tendency to make decisions that lead to healthier, longer lives.”
Here For Students
If you have not yet visited OSSTF’s Here for Students campaign, check it out and please share it widely with your colleagues, friends, and neighbours. On the campaign website, you have an opportunity to send an email to your MPP, the Minister of Education, and Premier Doug Ford. It will take you less than a minute to send an email saying how much their proposed cuts will hurt our students in Bluewater.
Send a letter: www.hereforstudents.ca/classroom#letter
No Cuts to Education
OSSTF’s No Cuts to Education webpage has information that parents, friends, and neighbours might be interested in, including infographics on the consequences of increasing class size averages in high schools to 28 students. The webpage also includes downloadable graphics to add to your social media.
Wear #RedForEd every Friday
This is a simple action you can take to show your solidarity with your colleagues and support for publicly-funded education in Ontario, and to visibly push back against the Ford cuts. Wear a red shirt every Friday!
You can find provincial OSSTF’s publications Update, Education Forum, Education Watch, and Ford Focus online. Click the links or start at www.osstf.on.ca and click on “Publications.” In addition, every member should ensure that they can log into myOSSTF, the members-only site at www.osstf.on.ca/protectedspace.