EVENTS: We know that our members are increasingly concerned about their safety at work. OTBU Health and Safety Officer Todd Prescott will be offering an informative webinar to keep members apprised of important issues. In this webinar Todd will include a run-down of important Health and Safety forms, and how and when to use them. There will be time for Q and A at the end, and a raffle for gift card door prizes for all those attending this informative session.
Join Todd for a 50 minute Webinar "An Overview of Health & Safety for OTBU Members"
Wednesday, February 21st, 2024 at 4:45 pm.
Register NOW:H and S Webinar Feb 5th 2024 A link will be emailed to all registrants prior to the Webinar.
The OTBU Executive and Provincial OSSTF are bringing you a PA Day on Friday February 16, 2024 at Alumni Hall at Victoria College, University of Toronto, 91 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1K5 TTC: Museum Subway Station (East Exit; walk south, then east)
Click the registration link at the bottom to indicate your first and second choices of workshop from the three described below. All workshops are 2 hours in length.
NOTE: Some workshops are at capacity. Please be prepared to accept your second choice of workshop. These are all great choices!
Workshop #1 CYBERBULLYING - Cyberbullying remains a concern with the popularity of social media and the expansion of new technologies. Electronic devices can clandestinely capture pictures, videos, and sound files which can then be quickly uploaded to the internet. This workshop will explain the different types of cyberbullying and provide strategies for addressing them and protecting yourself.
Workshop #2 MENTAL HEALTH - This workshop will provide members with an opportunity to better understand the importance of mental health, the impact of mental illness, and offer strategies about how each of us can respond to the reality of mental health in education today. Relevant resources will also be provided to workshop participants.
Workshop #3 THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING - Understanding and using cognitive science in our practices will improve our effectiveness as educators. This workshop will present a simple model of how the mind works and will identify effective learning strategies and how to use them in the classroom and beyond.
PA Days are unpaid for daily occasional teachers. LTOs are welcome to register with their principal’s permission. Registration is required, as are cancellations, to determine catering & capacity requirements. Full agenda and further information will be sent to all registrants prior to the date.
As part of the bargaining pathway that OSSTF/FEESO members approved in September, OSSTF/FEESO will be participating in three interest arbitration tables in front of arbitrator William Kaplan:
1. To determine a remedy for Bill 124. 2. To settle the central terms of the Teacher/Occasional Teacher collective agreement. 3. To settle the central terms of the Education Worker collective agreement.
As previously reported in Bargaining Bulletin #49, the interest arbitration hearing to determine a Bill 124 remedy will take place on January 15 and 16, 2024.
Bargaining a New Collective Agreement
Dates for the interest arbitrations to settle the terms at the Teacher/Occasional Teacher and Education Worker central tables are scheduled to take place on April 8 and 13, 2024.
Prior to the April 2024 interest arbitrations dates, we have scheduled mediation dates with arbitrator Kaplan to determine whether the parties are able to resolve any matters before the April hearing dates. Those mediation dates are scheduled for February 24 and 25, March 2 and 3, and March 24 and 25, 2024. Several of these dates fall on weekends. This was an intentional choice in order to move the process forward as swiftly as possible.
OSSTF/FEESO is currently in discussions with the Crown and the relevant employer agencies (the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) at the Teacher/Occasional Teacher table and the Council of Trustees Association (CTA) at the Education Worker table) to determine which mediation and arbitration days will be devoted to which table. We will share those dates with members once they are confirmed.
Black History Month
Every February, OSSTF/FEESO celebrates Black History Month, which serves as an important opportunity to reflect on how we as a Federation and as individuals can continue to challenge and dismantle anti-Black racism in schools, workplaces, communities, on campuses, and in our union.
The national theme for Black History Month 2024 is “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build,” and celebrates the rich and important history of Black Canadians and their many achievements, while reminding us all that there is much work left to be done to ensure a better and more equitable future for all Canadians.
Black History stretches deep into the Canadian fabric and deserves far more than a single month of recognition. Canadian Black history should be taught and celebrated year-round, not just in February.
From reflection and acknowledgment, we must all move towards action. Rosemary Brown, educator, writer, and B.C. politician was the first Black woman elected to a Canadian Provincial legislature. Brown said that, “We must open the doors, and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.”
It’s up to all of us to ensure that Black curriculum is taught throughout the year, that anti-Blackness is unlearned in our school spaces, and that we create safer spaces for Black youth, educators, and education workers in our schools and on our campuses.
Throughout the month of February, OSSTF/FEESO will be featuring profiles, events, and resources on our website and social media feeds, starting with a special teaser video today!
OSSTF/FEESO also supports the national labour movement’s campaign, led by the Canadian Labour Congress. This year’s theme is “Black Resistance” and they are calling on supporters to send an action letter to their Member of Parliament to tell the government that we want to see justice for Black workers and their communities.
Pay Statements, Pension, Working limits,T4s & T2200
Your pay statement and compensation info will be available online only at MyINFO the Wednesday before pay day.
Your T4 slip and T2200 forms will also be available online.
For more information, please contact: myINFO Help Desk by phone at 416-338-4747 - Option 4, or by email at myINFOhelp@tdsb.on.ca
Do you have questions about your pension or working day limits this year as a retired teacher and OT? Contact the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan below! This is a friendly reminder that neither OSSTF, OTBU, OTIP, OCT, or the TDSB are able to answer your questions about pensions.
Login to your OTIP account: at https://www.otpp.com/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 416-226-2700 or 1-800-668-0105 (toll free) Fax: 416-730-7807 or1-800-949-8208 (toll free)
Know how to get your Correct Pay
Sections 12.0.0 to 12.9.0 of the Collective Agreement lay out the details of how an LTO will be paid. As an LTO teacher you will be subject to the contract teachers' grid placement process.
IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility to provide the TDSB with your Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) rating statement, as well as proof of any relevant teaching experience with other Boards.
You must provide the documents, or complete the Letter of Intent, before the strict deadline of the last day of the LTO position.
You are strongly advised to complete the Online Change in Salary - Online Letter of Intent as soon as you begin an LTO position.
Log onto the TDSBWeb, click on Employee Services, then select the following from the left-hand side menu: Forms • Occasional Teaching • Change in Salary - Online Letter of Intent
You can access the full Collective Agreement on our website http://www.otbud12.com/
Mandatory Compliance Training
A reminder to complete your online mandatory compliance training on the TDSB website. If the training is completed by December 22, 2023, you will be paid for it In February 2024. Please note that this counts as either a day or half day of work!
The Call out - Access our Newletters by clicking here
Download the updated Collective Agreement here! Click here.
Click here for more info on the TDSB School Calendar.
Our Provincial OSSTF website offers a lot of resources for members, including the pamphlet you can read by clicking here or following these steps:
Go to https://www.osstf.on.ca/ Click on Member Login Click on My OSSTF (big button) In the right hand Quick Links sidebar, see Occasional Teacher’s Guide