Labour Council – 5 Delegates Needed


We are looking for five politically minded individuals to sit as delegates on the Labour Council. Should this opportunity be of interest to you please e-mail your intent to

The Waterloo Regional Labour Council is your local voice for ‘organized labour’. They are one of 137 District Labour Councils affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress. The Canadian Labour Congress represents over 3 million members.

Waterloo Region has approximately 26 000 affiliated members. They represent workers in the public and private sector as well as blue-collar and white-collar workers.

As a local we are working towards growing our connections with the community and the greater Labour movement.

Meetings are held once a month on the second Tuesday. Delegates who attend Labour Council meetings and Committees will be reimbursed for mileage and will be provided dependent care subsidies if applicable.

We are looking for five politically minded individuals to sit as delegates on the Labour Council. Should this opportunity be of interest to you please e-mail your intent to

This is a great chance to meet other people in our community and make a difference!

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

Labour Day Picnic in the Park – Sept 7, 2015

labour-day-picnic-2015The Waterloo Regional Labour Council would like to invite you, your co-workers, family, and friends to join us for our annual Labour Day picnic.

This year’s Labour Day picnic will take place in Waterloo Park on Monday, September 7th, from noon to 4pm. The event is a relaxing atmosphere for families featuring a barbeque, cash bar, children’s rides (donated by Together in Education, Teachers of Waterloo Region), live music, and information tables on current issues. As always, our picnic is a fundraiser for services that help our community: all profits from the event will be donated on a 50-50 basis to the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries.

The theme of this year’s Labour Day picnic is “Labour Feeds the Community.” As such, everything at this year’s picnic (except the cash bar) will be free. We will serve free hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as corn-on-the-cob and vegetarian samosas.

RSVP for the event the website. Please help spread the word about this event! Click on the poster for a full-size, printable version which you can put on bulletin boards at work. Or share the Facebook event or reTweet

I hope to see you, your family, and your friends on Labour Day!

Liz Sandals Protest

20150616_165724Teacher locals from all affiliates in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph rallied at Liz Sandals’ office today,  June 16 from 4 to 5:30 pm to protest the minister’s inaction on teacher collective bargaining issues.

Minister Sandals has allowed the school boards associations to run negotiations off the rails. It’s time she stood up and got involved to ensure good faith bargaining on the part of the government and to get those OPSBA strips off the table! 

Waterloo and Upper Grand ETFO, OSSTF, OECTA teachers met at 173 Woolwich Street in Guelph at 4 pm.


ETFO Rally June 4-6, 2015 at Blue Mountain

The Ontario Liberal Party is holding their Annual General Meeting in Blue Mountain from June 4 to June 6.

  • ETFO has been working with other affiliates and we have organized a rally for Saturday, June 6 at Blue Mountain.

ETFO is calling on members to come together and stand up for Ontario. Stand up for quality public education and public control of hydro. Reject austerity and the false choices it sets up. Reject pitting public services against one another.

Locally, we are organizing busses for participants from ETFO contract teachers, OTs and DECEs, OSSTF, OECTA, and the Labour Council. Picket signs and flags will be available at the rally.

Not only is this a great opportunity to show solidarity with our sister organizations and locals but it will give you a chance to network with other educators from the area.

Participants will gather at the ETFO office at 610 Wabanaki to board the buses at 9:45 a.m. The rally is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and should be finished by 2 p.m. Our busses are scheduled to return to the ETFO office by shortly after 4 p.m. Reply to this e-mail to register for the June 6 rally.