District 13 OSSTF represents approximately 1450 permanent and 220 occasional teachers along with over 100 Professional Student Services Personnel in Durham region. Our union provides services to its members to protect them in their work and to enhance their professionalism through professional development workshops, health and safety training, collective agreement in-servicing and regular communications and public relations highlighting the teachers in our schools.
Participating in the Push-Back Against Cuts to Public Education
There are a variety of ways that people can participate in the push-back. Calls and emails to MPPs are a way to be heard. A visit to www.hereforstudents.ca will offer a number of resources to stay informed and an online form to assist with contacting politicians. As well, OSSTF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts provide plenty of content that can be shared with your social networks to get the word out. Details on bargaining can be found at bargainingforeducation.ca; the information available here will assist with conversation with neighbors, relatives and friends.
Rallies During the Week of November 11th - 15th
The week of November 11th - 15th is constituency week, meaning that MPPs are at home in their constituency offices. We will be taking this opportunity to deliver a message to MPPs and the Ford Government by participating in rallies outside offices on Wedesday and Thursday of that week.
On Wednesday, November 13th the Durham Labour Council is hosting a rally outside Peter Bethlenfalvy's office at 1550 Kingston Rd #213 in Pickering, 4:00 - 5:30. OSSTF members are encouraged to join in this rally with our allies in the community.
On Thursday, November 14th our local D13 OSSTF Office is hosting a rally outside Lorne Coe's office at 113 Dundas St E in Whitby, 4:00 - 5:30.
Please come out and share in delivering the message that we will not sit idly and watch this government make cuts to education. Who better to stand up for public education in Ontario than the dedicated educators within in?
OSSTF PD Day
The OSSTF PD day will take place on November 15th, 2019 with a wellness theme, “Better Together”. The sessions will open for viewing in PD Place on October 17th. Registration will begin on October 23th. The last day for registration is November 1st. Please sign up for a morning session (8:30 – 11:00) and an afternoon session (12:30 – 3:00) or a full day session (8:30 – 3:00).
Student Achievement Awards
Each year our Federation hosts a writing and creative arts competition open to all public secondary school students in Ontario. Intended to encourage the intellectual development of our students, this year's Student Achievement Award theme is One Strong Woman.
Schools must submit their winning entries to local district offices no later than November 15, 2019. Judging will be held at the school, District, Regional and Provincial levels. Nine provincial winners will be awarded $1000 each in prizes and will be invited to our Annual General Meeting in March where a video showcasing their work will be screened.
Guidelines and entry forms for the Student Achievement Awards are available online at
Educators Financial AB/ABQ Bursary
The application form can be downloaded by clicking here: D13 Educators Bursary Application
Walk into Retirement with a Plan
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The collective bargaining process is outlined in the School Board Collective Bargaining Act and the Labour Relations Act. As steps are made toward negotiating a collective agreement progress will be shown here.
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Durham and Toronto Pride
PC MPP Rallies
|The Durham Pride Parade took place on
Sunday June 2.
Toronto Pride Parade
Sunday, June 23
The Ford Government’s announcement on March 15th will be devastating to public education if it is implemented.
OSSTF held province-wide information/protest rallies on Fridays outside our local PC MPP offices. The goal was to inform our local MPP of the disastrous impact cuts to education will have on our public education system and to implore them to tell Doug Ford to stop any further cuts to education.
It is imperative that we continue outlining our vehement opposition to the government’s announcements. We need to make sure that individual PC MPPs know how reckless and ill advised the Ford education plan is.
Response from DDSB Trustees Regarding Ministry Announcements
Durham trustees have sent a strong message to the Ministry about the devastating effects the proposed changes will have on public education.
The letter can be viewed by clicking here
. We will also be sharing a link to the letter through Facebook and Twitter.
District Annual Meeting
The district annual meeting was held on Thursday, May 2nd. The results of voting for elected positions are as follows:
District and TBU President - Lamia Sabbagh
1st Vice President - Erin Crawford
2nd Vice President - Garrett Metcalfe
3rd Vice President - Richard McCormack
4th Vice President - Rob Walker
Treasurer - Nicole Bléau
Secretary - Ruth Kam
Additional TBU Provincial Councillor - Nicole Bléau
AMPA Delegates: George Chaktsiris, Erin Crawford, Ryan Gordon, Art Hanke, Jacqueline Hill, Jason Himsl, Ruth Kam, Ryan Kelly, Richard McCormack, Garrett Metcalfe, Shane Stagg, Paul Wayling
Rally for Education
Thank you to all who attended the rally on April 6th. Thousands of education workers arrived to protest the proposed cuts to education by the government.
QR Code and Reusable Water Bottles
Reusable water bottles have arrived.
They include a QR code which directs visitors to our Mobilization Page.
They will be offered at District events.