President's Message week of February 28, 2022

Job Class Town Hall Meeting, Bargaining Survey


Job Class Town Hall Meeting- Mark Your Calendar


As the upcoming provincial election will be held on or before June 2, 2022, and Collective Agreements will expire in August 2022, the Provincial Executive and Secretariat staff will be setting up virtual town halls by job class this year to engage directly with members.


While we always look for feedback from members through bargaining surveys, focus groups, and membership meetings, the purpose of the virtual town halls is to engage in direct conversations with members. We hope to hear suggestions, challenges, and concerns firsthand to help us prepare for the upcoming provincial election and the next round of bargaining.


Collective bargaining occurs within the political framework of the province. Therefore, the upcoming provincial election results will undoubtedly have significant implications for the next round of negotiations. Just as members need to be engaged in the collective bargaining process, it is also vital that we are all involved in political action. Your Federation will communicate with members on both fronts as we move forward.


Townhall meetings will be 75 minutes and held virtually over Zoom with links sent to Bargaining Unit Presidents a few days before the event to forward to their membership. Townhall meetings will take place between 7:00 pm and 8:15 pm.


OUR MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AS FOLLOWS - 7:00 pm and 8:15 pm.


ECE’s Regions 1 and 3

Districts 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 18, 23, 24

March 24, 2022


EA/SSP Region 3

Districts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 18, 23 and 24

April 12, 2022



2022 School Boards Collective Bargaining Act Provincial Bargaining Priorities Survey


If you did not get the survey please check your junk folder or email lisa.mcmaster@osstf.ca


As you are aware, collective agreements bargained under the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act will expire on August 31, 2022. In preparation for bargaining, members will soon receive a one-time link from Stratcom, giving them access to the bargaining priorities survey. This link will be sent to the personal email addresses members have provided to Provincial Office. This is an opportunity for members to provide their input on the importance of various collective agreement items. This feedback will provide OSSTF/FEESO with a comprehensive and accurate picture of the concerns and priorities of members as we prepare for the next round of negotiations. We strongly encourage members to participate.


New to the survey this year, is the opportunity for members to offer qualitative feedback on issues of equity that should be addressed at the bargaining table. This addition to the survey comes as a direct result of pre-bargaining interviews that were held with equity and/or sovereignty-seeking members who are in positions of leadership at the local level.


Additionally, Stratcom will once again conduct focus groups with members who volunteer to be interviewed. There is limited space and Stratcom may not be able to accommodate all those who are interested. OSSTF/FEESO will send an email shortly, providing the link for members to register for this opportunity. Interviews will be conducted virtually and will take place following the analysis of the survey results in order to provide OSSTF/FEESO with a deeper understanding of members’ priorities, including matters of equity. The members selected by Stratcom for participation in the focus groups will receive $100.00 as remuneration for their time.


We hope you will take the time to participate in this process, your voice matters in the union.

Bargaining surveys will be open until March 1, 2022 at 5 p.m.


All account inquiries must go to the Membership Database Department at membership-database@osstf.ca.



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 | www.workhealthlife.com

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