President's Message - Week 27

In this weeks update: 1. Letters to Doug Ford 2. National day of Mourning 3. Day of Mourning Action Letter 4. Local Labour Councils Day of Mourning Events

Letters to Doug Ford Regarding Pandemic Pay for EAs and World Education Support Personnel Day

Attached you will find 4 letters. Pandemic Pay World Education Support Personnel Day OSSTF President, Harvey Bischof, wrote Premier Doug Ford on February 3rd advocating that the Pandemic Pay provided to PSWs also be provided to Educational Assistants. You will find the Premier’s response attached. Harvey Bischof also wrote Premier Doug Ford on February 5th. The subject of this letter was World Education Support Personnel (ESP) Day. OSSTF has committed to recognize this day each year in place of Support Staff Appreciation Day. This year World Education Support Personnel (ESP) Day is being recognized on May 16th. You will find the Premier’s response attached.

National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning, to recognize workers killed or injured while at work, will soon be upon us. As the labour movement prepares to recognize the National Day of Mourning on April 28, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) aims to bring focus and attention to the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic on workers under the following theme: The Human Cost of COVID-19 (see attached document). Day of Mourning activities must take place virtually again this year. In many Canadian jurisdictions, there are serious concerns about the new variants of COVID, the deadly third wave of the pandemic, and the increased public health restrictions that must remain in place across the country. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the CLC and local labour councils are busy planning for the Day of Mourning. Please visit the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) site for more information at Day of Mourning in Ontario - WHSC. As a reminder, in June 2016, legislation was enacted such that all schools, school boards, universities, and others are required to lower the flags to half-mast, as per the Workers Day of Mourning Act.

Day of Mourning Action Letter

The link below is from the Ontario Federation of Labour campaign to mark the Day of Mourning with a letter campaign to Doug Ford and your local MPP to advocate for workers' health and safety. Please consider adding your name to the campaign.

Local Labour Councils Day of Mourning Events Guelph and District Labour Council Events Orangeville and District Labour Council

Upper Grand Employee Assistance Program

If you are finding yourself or a family member or a colleague is needing additional support or resources please refer to the board's employee and family assistance program. This service is free and confidential. The board is not given the names of members who are using the service. It has been a challenging year with COVID and many of us are dealing with other challenges unrelated to COVID. This resource may be of help to members who need it.

Access the Upper Grand District School Board’s Employee & Family Assistance Program 24/7 by phone, web or mobile app 1-800-387-4765 |

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