Category Archives: Collective Bargaining

1% Lump Sum Payment

Included in the last round of Provincial Bargaining was an agreement that “Occasional Teachers employed as of September 8, 2015 to be paid a lump sum amount equal to 1% of earned wages for the period September 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.”

The board has 90 days from the date of our local ratification to pay out that 1% payment.  For Occasional Teachers employed by the WRDSB, the deadline for that payment is the end of May.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Local Negotiations Update

Local negotiations took place on Tuesday, December 8th.  Preliminary submissions were swapped and we took time to clarify each others positions. We went through a few “housekeeping” items such as consistent language and the technicalities of melding documents.

Two more dates for discussions  are tentatively set for January 14th and 19th.

We will update the members as negotiations unfold.

Collective Bargaining Information Night – Nov. 11

Collective Bargaining Information Night

Questions about the Provincial Tentative Agreement?

Come and join us for an in-person overview of the highlights.  An opportunity to ask questions will also be provided. We will have copies of the Tentative Agreement on hand, as well as our very own local preliminary submission that was presented to the board,

  • When: Wednesday November 11, 2015 (Today!)
  • Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Where: 130 Highland Road East, Kitchener
  • Registration: Click here.

(Registration helps us better prepare for the evening, but feel free to “drop in”)

A light snack will be provided.  Dependent care subsidy available upon request.

Please note that there is extra parking diagonally across the street at the “Big Bear” Convenience Plaza.



  • Began: Sunday, November 9 – noon
  • Ends:  Thursday, November 12 – midnight
  • The vote is now open.  The voting website is at:

Need help to vote?  Call the Help Desk at 1-877-869-8233.


OSSTF Support Staff Work-to-Rule

osstf support servicesI enclose a communication from OSSTF advising of their work to rule sanctions for their clerical and non teacher educators. We are asking members to respect CUPE and OSSTF work to rule sanctions to the extent that is possible, by not voluntarily doing their struck work.  However if a member is ordered to do any of this work they must follow direct orders, but should do so under protest.

Below is the attached PDF. A few of the key points that might affect OTs and LTOs are that Support Staff members will NOT:

  • complete work that should be done by a teacher or administrator
  • take any responsibility for administration or distribution of keys (We will recieve keys from the Principals)
  • call students to the office
  • supervise students sent to the office for discipline

Please check below so that you are familiar with the work to rule of OSSTF Support Staff

Central Bargaining: Live Q and A

This past Thursday, September 24th, over 100 local ETFO stewards, and your OT Executive, will met to discuss the current state of collective bargaining. After the meeting, stewards will shared information with their schools’ contract and LTO teachers.

Daily OTs (and LTOs who might have missed this information) are welcome to attend an informal Q&A session, this afternoon, Monday September 28th from 4:30-6:30pm at the Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers’ Local office. 130 Highland Road East (parking on the street or across the corner)


Please click here to register: 

(Drop-ins are also welcome if you find yourself available at the last minute)


Snacks and refreshments will be served, and a childcare subsidy is available upon request. It’s also a great chance to pick up your free solidarity T-shirt.


Three one-hour telephone town hall meetings with President Sam Hammond about central bargaining and ETFO’s job action have been arranged for:
Tuesday, September 29 from 6:15 pm to 9:15 pm


Waterloo ETFO members will be receiving their call at 7:15-8:15


The telephone town hall meetings are open to ETFO members only.


ETFO members will receive an invitation by telephone to participate in their designated town hall meeting a few minutes before the meeting begins.  If the call isn’t immediately picked up, a voicemail message is left instructing the member how to access her/his scheduled town hall meeting.


You can update your information with ETFO provincial through this link:

ETFO Bargaining Update

BargainingETFO President Sam Hammond gave his closing address at Annual Meeting 2015. In his speech, Hammond outlined ETFO’s Phase 2 work-to-rule for the 2015-16 school year.

Linked below please find the Phase Two work-to-rule protocol for this round of bargaining.

Please keep in mind that the Phase Two protocol is in addition to the Phase One work-to-rule protocol.

As always, if you have any questions please contact the Local office.

OSSTF and OECTA have now reached tentative deals with the Government and School Boards at the Central Table

ETFO will keep you informed about the outcome of the meeting on September 1.