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:

May 27, 2020

Labour Relations - OSSTF Central Agreement Ratified

The central agreements with teachers and education workers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) have now been ratified. This follows from the ratification of central agreements with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) last month.

With the central bargaining process now completed, local bargaining continues between the OCDSB and local bargaining units of the OSSTF and ETFO.

Central negotiations are done by the provincial representatives of the employee (unions) and the employer (the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association represents the OCDSB). The government, through the Ministry of Education, is also required to participate. Decisions about which items are negotiated locally or centrally is determined by the central table. Those items not considered “central” are then handled at a local level.

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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