District 13 OSSTF represents approximately 1450 permanent and 220 occasional teachers in Durham region. Our union provides services to its members to protect them in their work and to enhance their professionalism through professional development workshops, health and safety training, collective agreement in-servicing and regular communications and public relations highlighting the teachers in our schools.
Summer Hours at District 13 – The District Office is closed through the summer. However, the Office Manager will open the office every Wednesday morning from 9am to 12pm in order to deal with mail and pick up voice messages. If there is an emergency, please call the duty officer at Provincial OSSTF at 416-751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867. Have a safe and happy summer!
Grid Remedy Calculation
Part of the remedy for Bill 115 involved restoring pay for members who were frozen on the grid for the 2012-2014 years.
The freeze looked like this: instead of getting your years of experience increase (horizontal on the grid) or your group rating increase (vertical on the grid) in September of 2012 and in September of 2013, you received it 98 days after the start of the school year. This would have delayed you getting your pay increase for half the year in both school years. The remedy that was settled on is seeking to pay back half the money lost due to the grid freeze.
If you were teaching at any point in time between 2012 and 2014 where you were affected by the grid freeze either in years of experience or by a group rating change, you are eligible for the grid restoration payment. Of course, this payment will depend on where you were on the grid, when you were employed by the board, if you were frozen for one year or both, if you had a rating change during that time or not. These are all very individual calculations.
The payout was included in the last pay at the end of June. It appears as a line in the Earnings box that reads OSSTFGRD.
As the District Office is closed over the summer, we have provided you with step by step instructions to check the board calculations and make sure your payout is correct. Please follow the link for these instructions which model how to calculate your restoration payment if you are in Group 1 at zero years of experience. Just follow the numbers substituting your own Group and years of experience from 2012-2014.
Grid Delay Remedy Sample Calculation
Below is the language from the Minutes of Settlement:
…an amount towards restoration to individual OSSTF/FEESO members of the impact resulting from the delay in grid movement experienced from 2012-13 to 2013-14. The amount for each individual affected member will be equivalent to half of the impact on that member resulting from the delay in grid movement.
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The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation supports all of the recommendations put forward in the recent report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. In particular, OSSTF/FEESO endorses all of the recommendations related to improving educational opportunities for all First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Canadians, and the need to better educate all Canadians about the history and impact of residential schools.