Labour Relations Update

November 29, 2012


NEW: Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Job Actions Resume in DDSB Schools Today

The Durham District School Board is committed to finding positive resolution to the current challenges in labour relations. On November 20, 2012, after six months of negotiations with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), a tentative deal was reached. As a result, job actions by OSSTF were lifted.

Since this time, the DDSB has been working with OSSTF and the Ministry to have this tentative deal finalized. On November 28, 2012, OSSTF District 13 informed the DDSB of its intention to resume previous job actions in secondary schools. The Durham District School Board has contingency plans in place and we will do everything we can to keep secondary schools open and learning happening for our students.

Our priority is to maintain safe learning environments and to protect the integrity of the school day for our students. We want to reassure parents that although OSSTF has chosen to withdraw some services, teaching and learning will continue to happen in the classroom.

Ontario Government’s Putting Students First Act was passed by the legislature on September 11, 2012. The Act places parameters around the labour negotiations process in all of Ontario’s school boards.  Employee unions have expressed their opposition to the provincial government’s passing of this new legislation.

We are committed to open communication with our school communities and will continue to provide updates on our website as new information becomes available.

Information about OSSTF's job action can be found on OSSTF’s website.

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Announces Possible Strikes in December

On November 28, 2012, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario announced that it plans to go on strike in December.   No further details are available at this time.

In Durham ETFO will be in a legal strike position on December 10, 2012.
  ETFO has stated it will provide 72 hours notice in advance of any strike action. The DDSB is committed to sharing information with school communities as soon as it becomes available.

Information will be shared directly with schools, the news media and via the Board’s Twitter account: @Durhamdsb.

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario website.