November 22, 2019

Important information for families regarding OSSTF job action - Nov. 22, 2019

Yesterday, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) confirmed that job action will begin in public secondary schools across Ontario on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. At this time, the job action announced by OSSTF is specific to secondary teachers. In the Peel board, OSSTF members includes secondary teachers and occasional teachers, resource teachers and instructional coordinators, and psychoeducational consultants, social workers and speech-language pathologists. 

Teaching assistants and early childhood educators are in a separate union and are not engaged in any job action at this time.

All Peel schools and locations will remain open to staff and students during OSSTF job action. Here is an overview of the anticipated impacts of OSSTF’s job action in Ontario secondary schools—grades 9 to 12: 

  • All secondary teachers will continue to support the learning needs of students and maintain contact with families regarding students. 
  • At this time, OSSTF’s job action target Ministry of Education and school board administrative tasks that do not impact students.
  • OSSTF members will begin information pickets on Tuesday, Nov. 26. These may be held at your local secondary school or in higher-traffic locations across Peel Region. Members will participate in these information pickets before and after school, and during lunch hours, in an effort to distribute information to the public. OSSTF has indicated that “Picket lines will not significantly inhibit the passage of people and vehicles onto school board properties.” This means that staff, families and visitors may experience delays getting onto school board property. Although information pickets may delay entry, they cannot prevent it. 
  • During this phase of job action, secondary teachers will not:
- participate in EQAO preparation or testing – The grade 9 EQAO math assessment is currently scheduled for Jan. 13 to 24. If this changes, we will advise, students, staff and families. 
- complete Ministry of Education Reports
- participate in Board- or Ministry-directed professional development; they will engage in self-directed professional activities
- participate in unpaid staff meetings outside the scheduled school day
provide comments on any secondary provincial report cards. This work is undertaken in January ahead of Report Card ​​​distribution in early February. If this job action remains in place at that time, we will communicate the impact to families then.

We appreciate that timely communication is important to you, and we commit to providing you with updates as soon as there is new information to share. 

To find out the status of labour action in the Peel board:

Thank you for your support and understanding at this time.

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