Labour Negotiations

OCDSB employees are represented by two unions across nine bargaining units:
  • The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) represents elementary teachers and occasional teachers; and
  • The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) represents OCDSB employees in secondary and elementary schools and administration offices. This includes secondary teachers; secondary occasional teachers; office, clerical and technical staff; custodial and maintenance staff; educational assistants; early childhood educators; adult education workers; and professional support staff.

Latest Labour Update:

April 20, 2020

Labour Update – Tentative Agreements Reached with OSSTF

A tentative agreement has been reached between the Ontario Government, Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) and Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) teachers. A tentative agreement has also been reached between the Ontario Government, the Council of Trustees' Associations (CTA) and OSSTF education workers.

The details of the tentative agreements remain confidential until ratified by all parties. Member ratification votes are tentatively planned for May.

This is positive news for our school community. We appreciate and acknowledge the contributions and efforts of all sides to come to an agreement, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

March 21, 2020

ETFO has reached tentative central agreements with the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the Council of Trustees’ Associations. Separate tentative central agreements have been negotiated for ETFO’s teacher/occasional teacher and education worker members.
ETFO is suspending strike action immediately pending the results of its central ratification votes.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OSSTF has announced it is immediately suspending all strike sanctions indefinitely. This includes sanctions that were part of a limited withdrawal of administrative services that has been in place since November 26, 2019. 

Financial Support for Parents During Strikes - Government Reimbursements

The Government of Ontario announced that financial support will be available to parents of children up to age 12 (Grade 7), or up to age 21 for children and youth with special needs. Parents who wish to apply may direct their questions to the Support for Parents Helpline at:

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