Political Action Ends

Saturday, February, 23rd, 2013 by koadmin

OSSTF Provincial Council (a meeting of all bargaining unit presidents and others from Provincial Office) voted on Feb 22 to suspend political action re: extra-curricular and voluntary activities.  What that means for you is your union is telling you to return to any voluntary activities in your job, should you wish to do so.  It is a personal choice, but the union is no longer seeking mass action against the government.

Meetings with the government and OSSTF have been occurring since Premier Wynn was elected by the Liberal Party and there are more meetings scheduled.  Our contract is still imposed on us but discussions are occurring. A blackout is in place regarding any further information, i.e., content of those discussions.

Please go to the osstf.on.ca website for a quick link to Ken’s Coran’s press conference on Feb 25 where he gives an explanation for the suspension of political action.

Feb 14 Paystubs & Sick Days

Wednesday, February, 13th, 2013 by koadmin

As of Jan 2, 2013  all education workers in Ontario receive 11 sick days each year at 100% pay and 120 additional days under the Short Term Disability Plan (STDP) at 90% or 66.3%, depending on the illness.   On Jan 2 the government granted additional days for this year ONLY to top up anyone who is on the STDP to 100% pay for an extra 20 days. 

You will see the change in the allocation of sick days on your paystub on February 14, 2013 to 31, or less if you have already taken sick days this year. For the school year 2012 – 2013 all PSSP members receive 31 sick days at 100% pay. If you have already received a reduced 90% pay for this school year,  you will receive those funds back on the following payday, February 28.   

We will discuss this issue and answer questions on Feb 15 at our PSSP Professional Development Day.

TDSB Budget Process & Your Job

Tuesday, February, 5th, 2013 by koadmin

Feb 5: Rumours are flying about programs being closed for the 2013-2014 school year.  The Trustees have begun the annual process of determining the budget for September.  Managers are meeting and consulting.  The TDSB is in a deficit and hard choices have to be made by the Trustees.  This is the beginning of a long and complex process for the Senior Management Team and Trustees that culminates in June when they make their final decisions and the Trustees pass a budget for September.
Look at your seniority placement (posted on this website).  Should there be any job losses it will be based on seniority, not on a particular staff losing a job because their program is cut.  Should programs close or move, PSSP members may have to move to another location within the TDSB.  We will be part of the staffing process and we are advocating for PSSP jobs with Trustees and senior managers.  You may remember last year that every union group suffered job loses at the TDSB except PSSP.  We strive to repeat that amazing feat because we all know that PSSP is understaffed for the extreme needs of our students, not overstaffed.

More District 12 Donations to Liberals

Monday, February, 4th, 2013 by koadmin

February 5: Today, in a Toronto Star editorial,  it was reported that District 12 (Toronto) Teachers donated $30,000  to iberals candidates for the leadership race, not just the $10,000 we already knew about.  Eric Hoskins:  $10,000; Kathleen Wynn:  $10,000;  Gerard Kennedy:  $5,000; Glen Murray:  $5,000.  (The editorial was online yesterday.)

Your PSSP Executive wants to make it clear that we were not privy to this information; did not know about the donations until we saw media reports.  We did not take part in the decision-making process and we were not consulted.  As far as we know, this was purely a District 12 Teachers’ Bargaining Unit decision and does not affect District funds.

Be assured that your PSSP Executive is doing everything possible to ensure your District funds were not used.  We will keep you informed as we learn more details.  * Please see the Feb 3 post for background on this issue. 

Teachers’ Pension Plan Sick Leave Changes*

Monday, February, 4th, 2013 by koadmin

Teachers’ Pension Plan Amendment for Sick Leave Beyond 10 Days

Contributors to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) were told by the Plan in the Fall of 2012 that for those days during which they received less than 100% of salary (66.67% or 90%) they would receive full service credit, regardless of the salary rate, but that pensionable salary (best five average) and actual contributions would be reduced.

A recent Teachers’ Plan amendment, retroactive to September 1, 2012, now requires that full pensionable salary be reported, even for those days paid at less than 100% of salary under short term disability plan imposed by the Government of Ontario. That means that even when salary falls below 100%, deductions by the employer will continue at full salary.

For members whose salaries were reduced before this Plan amendment came into effect and whose contributions to the Plan do not reflect a deduction made on full salary, adjustments to contributions (i.e., additional contributions) will be made through employer payroll mechanisms before the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

Contact the Bargaining Unit Office if you have questions or concerns.

* Those PSSP members who have teaching qualifications are required by legislation to be under OTPP, not OMERS.

$10,000 donation to Liberal candidate

Sunday, February, 3rd, 2013 by koadmin

OSSTF asked all bargaining units to cease funding any Liberal Party events last fall as a result of the Liberals’ passage of  Bill 115 and it’s elimination of our collective bargaining rights.  Yet District 12 Teachers donated ten thousand dollars to Eric Hoskins’ campaign for the Liberal Leadership as reported by Global News in January. We saw this and assumed this was STBU funds, and felt it was very unfortunate that the STBU was not following the directives of provincial office.  However, recent statements have led us to believe that the donation was made with District funds which are to be used for the benefit of and with consultation from all three bargaining units (STBU, PSSP, OTBU).

There was ample opportunity on Jan 22, 2013 at our monthly District Executive meeting where your PSSP president, vice president and treasurer are members and were present,  to place this donation on the motions’ list with all the other donations made by the District.  In fact,  the meeting ended rather early, so it was certainly not a timing issue.  Since the District Executive MUST approve the expenditure of district funds, how is it possible that this very large sum was ignored?  We are learning now that it may be put in a motion at the February 26th District Executive Meeting.  Why wait almost two months after the event to bring forward the donation? Why wasn’t usual procedure followed?  Why was such a large sum of money donated to a party we are supposed to be boycotting?!

We are continuing to demand answers of the other D12 Executive members and will keep you informed as the issue unfolds. As the caretakers of your dues it is imperative that all Executive members in our District act with integrity and within the procedures laid out in the constitutions that govern our behaviour.