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Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers' Federation

​December 4, 2019

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation has declared a one day, full withdrawal of services for Wednesday, December 4th. This strike impacts all GECDSB elementary, secondary and continuing education schools.

All GECDSB schools will be closed to students and student transportation is cancelled.

Schools will reopen to students and student transportation will operate on Thursday, December 5th.

​​December 2, 2019

​Families should be prepared for the possibility of school closures on Wednesday, December 4th.

If a tentative agreement has not been reached with the Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers' Federation by Tuesday (Dec. 3rd) members of the union will participate in a legal, one day, full withdrawal of service on Wednesday, December 4th.

If that occurs:

  • All Greater Essex County District School Board schools – Elementary, Secondary & Continuing Education – will be closed to students ​on that day

  • Student transportation for GECDSB students will be cancelled

  • All Early On centres located at GECDSB schools will be closed

  • Coop students will not report to their placements

  • School-based daycare centres  may be open - check with your provider for their status on that day

GECDSB schools, student transportation and programs are scheduled to resume operation on Thursday, December 5th.​

​​November 29, 2019

The OSSTF has provided official notice of a potential, full withdrawal of services on Wednesday, December 4th. There are negotiations scheduled for the weekend (November 30 - December 1). In the event that a tentative agreement is not reached by the end of the day, Tuesday, December 3rd, the federation indicates that the walkout will take place.

The Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers Federation represents:

  • Secondary school teachers (contract & occasional)
  • Educational Assistants (E.A.s) (elementary & secondary)
  • Early Childhood Educators (E.C.E.s) (elementary)
  • Professional student services personnel (P.S.S.P.)
  • Child and Youth Workers (C.Y.W.s) (elementary and secondary)
  • Developmental Service Workers (D.S.W.s)
  • Continuing Education Instructors
  • Language and Employment Services Employees (L.E.S.E.)​
In the event that the withdrawal of services goes ahead on December 4th the implications on student safety will require the GECDSB to close all schools (secondary and elementary) for that day only.
The GECDSB will update information on Monday, December 2nd.

November 22, 2019
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced that it would begin a legal job action across Ontario on Tuesday, November 26th in support of its collective bargaining position.
Schools will remain open, with health and safety of students being the priority.
OSSTF members have served notice that they will not perform a number of administrative duties, but their actions will not impact students or their families.
Members will be periodically establishing information pickets at schools or Board facilities before and after school and during lunch hours. OSSTF has indicated that "picket lines will not significantly inhibit the passage of people and vehicles onto school board properties". 
We remain committed to providing our families with the latest information in a timely manner.​