Oct 29: Bargaining Continues

Tuesday, October, 27th, 2015 by Nancy Vogel

Negotiators at the Central Table are continuing talks today.  Members of the Support Staff Central Bargaining Advisory Work Group are in attendance, including your PSSP president.

Casual CYWs – * Info for You

Thursday, October, 15th, 2015 by Nancy Vogel

re: SmartFind Express

The message below was sent to us today regarding the shut down of SmartFind every evening for the purpose of maintenance of the site:

“…….until further notice, replacement staff will be unable to search for jobs on the phone or on the internet between 6pm and 8pm Monday to Thursday (6:30 to 8pm Sunday).  This will assist us in monitoring system performance.

A message has been posted on SFE on both the web and telephone. “

October Open Enrolment for Benefits

Thursday, October, 15th, 2015 by Nancy Vogel

October 15:   Have you previously declined health benefits with the TDSB?  Would you like to sign up for coverage?  Are you a permanent PSSP employee?  The annual open enrolment period at the TDSB occurs Oct 1 – 30.  You should have received information in late September about this matter.  If not, please click on this link and fill out the form and send it in before the end of the month. tdsb_open_enrolment_info

Oct 5: PSSP Support Staff of OSSTF Begin Job Action

Tuesday, October, 6th, 2015 by Nancy Vogel

Today, approximately 18,000 support staff members of OSSTF/FEESO begin legal job action involving a selective withdrawal of services.  It has been nearly 14 months since OSSTF/FEESO issued the notice to bargain to the management team and these members are still without a deal.

Support staff members represent over 200 different job classes of workers who work in our publicaly-funded education system.  They provide vital services for students and support the work of others in our schools so that the entire system functions effectively.

Yet, these education assistants, child & youth workers, tradespeople, office and clerical staff, social workers, psychologists, technicians, early childhood educators, speech language pathologists, instructors, and the many others who keep the education system running are still without a fair deal.  They have been left to feel disrespected at the bargaining table by the management team of the Ontario Government and the Council of Trustees’ Association.

OSSTF/FEESO wants to see the management team back at the bargaining table and a fair deal for support staff.



Working more than 7 Hours?

Tuesday, October, 6th, 2015 by Nancy Vogel

During this central strike with a limited withdrawal of services all PSSP members at the TDSB will only work their 7 hours.  That means no lieu time during this Phase 1 of the sanctions.   Going forward, you should only be working 7 hours unless your supervisor pre-approves lieu time AND makes arrangements for you to take that time off.  PSSP members do not receive overtime pay,  only lieu time.

So, our advise, work your 7 hours.  These hours have been in our collective agreement since 2008.  The Executive will relay to senior managers the pressure you are under to work more than your alloted, paid time.  Let us know if you are meeting extreme resistance.  We will support you.

PSSP List of Sanctions

Friday, October, 2nd, 2015 by Nancy Vogel

October 2: A list of sanctions that apply to PSSP members was sent via personal emails this morning.  Copies will be available at each education office on Monday morning, October 5.  Managers at the TDSB have the list and should respect your job action.  Direct your concerns/questions to vp@pssp.on.ca or 647-348-3351.

Sanctions begin on Oct 5 for all PSSP members

Thursday, October, 1st, 2015 by Nancy Vogel

A selective withdrawal of services was called by OSSTF provincial office for all OSSTF Support Staff bargaining units on Sept 30 at a meeting of all presidents and chief negotiators in Toronto.

A list of sanctions was sent via personal emails on Sept 30 and more info will be forthcoming before Oct 5.  Please ensure you have given your personal and confidential email address to the union office so you can be in compliance with these mandatory sanctions.  As a member of OSSTF, PSSP, D12 you must comply or consequences will occur.

Contact us: 647-348-3351    or   vp@pssp.on.ca