2019/2020 OSSTF Brief Costing

September 2019​

All costs for the OSSTF teacher/occasional teacher and support staff briefs represent additional funding above 2018/2019 levels and inflationary costs.

The overall investments from both the teacher/occasional teacher brief and the support staff brief total $266.8 million.  This represents a return of $348.8 million to the economy, according to the conclusions of the Conference Board of Canada report: The Economic Case for Investing in Education.

These proposals represent a 1.07% increase above the 2018/2019 education envelope.  This drops to 1.05% when the Priorities and Partnership Fund (PPF) is included.  The PPF is the previously named Education Programs – Other grant that supports education outside of the Grants for Student Needs (GSN).

 

Teacher / Occasional Teacher Brief:

Total investment proposal of the Brief:  $59.4 million

The Brief contains the following cost items:

Cost to include adult education teachers in the definition of a teacher: $8,487,702

Cost to retain supernumerary teachers across the province: $12,731,550

This is an overestimate, as the number of teachers surplus to their board will drop with enrollment set to rise by over 4% in the next four years.  This will mostly serve to protect small northern and rural areas that remain in declining enrollment and struggle to provide programming for students.

Benefit Costs: $25,800,000

This funding will allow teachers and occasional teachers,who are not currently included in the medical and dental benefit plan, to take part.

WSIB Top-Up: $4,676,147

Currently, approximately one third of members do not have top up funding to maintain their salaries if injured in the workplace and are approved for WSIB.

Parental Benefits: $5,752,000

Currently, if non-birth partners (either adoptive parents or the spouse of the birth parent) elect to take leave instead of the birth parent, they are not afforded the same provision of 8-weeks top up of Employment Insurance to full salary.

Training for Occasional Teachers: $1,951,200

To provide one paid professional development day for daily occasional teachers, who are often not permitted to attend Ministry of Education and School Board training.

Compensation: $0

No new structural cost and increases only in-line with inflation. 

Voluntary Unpaid Leave: $0 

This will allow for unpaid leave for teachers and will generate savings to the board to be used for further supports for students. 

Federation Release: $0

Permission for local union representatives to attend provincial training with their salary or replacement costs returned to the board, as per their existing practice.

Category Placement to be assessed by QECO and not OSSTF:  $0

Currently, OSSTF is the only teacher federation that assesses its members for placement on the salary grid.  These housekeeping changes would allow for the outside agency (QECO) that the other teacher federations use to take over certifying OSSTF teachers.

Learning Environment Protection: $0

This proposal reverses the cuts to the funded average class size in Ontario secondary schools, from 28 students to one teacher, back to 22:1. This funding was in place in 2018/2019.

E-Learning Expansion Study: $0

A proposal to study whether mandatory e-learning is an effective delivery method for all students in Ontario, before its implementation.

Local Priorities Amount: $0

Restore the additional staffing that was agreed to in the 2017-2019 Collective Agreement.  The majority of the extra staffing was in Special Education, working face to face with our most vulnerable students.

 

Support Staff Brief: 

Total investment proposal of the Brief: $207.4 million

The brief contains the following cost items:

Cost for mandatory enrollment in OMERS pension plan: $904,050

This funding would ensure that newly hired members are automatically enrolled in the OMERS pension plan.

Benefits Proposal: $800,000

This would allow for enrollment of all support staff members currently not covered by the OSSTF benefit plan.  This is an overestimate because it captures some term employees who already have employer paid benefits outside of the OSSTF benefits plan.

Parental Benefits: $1,519,398

Currently, if non-birth partners (either adoptive parents or the spouse of the birth parent) elect to take leave instead of the birth parent, they are not afforded the same provision of 8-weeks top up of Employment Insurance to full salary.

Compensation: $0

No new structural cost and increases only in-line with inflation. 

WSIB Top-Up Cost: $6,428,070

Currently,approximately one third of members do not have top up funding to maintain their salaries if injured in the workplace and are approved for WSIB.

Federation Leave: $0

Permission of local union representatives to attend provincial training with their salary or replacement costs returned to the board, as per their existing practice.

Job Security Costs: $0 if at 2019 levels or $11,846,156 if at March 5, 2013 levels.

This would provide funding to maintain March 5, 2013 level staffing numbers and maintain the number of adults in the building, as enrollment is set to rise over the next four years.  Support staff positions are not tied to student enrollment in the same way as classroom teacher positions. 

Staffing:  $0

Release time for local officers to participate in staffing meetings and committees with their partner school boards.

DECE Staffing Cost: $1,592,695

This would remove the exception currently in the GSN that allows for some kindergarten classrooms to not have an ECE.

Employer Paid LTD Cost: $28,744,038

Funding to provide long term disability insurance to support staff members, paid for by their employers.

Local Needs Funding Costs: $85,000,000

This would provide $5000 per full time equivalent member to be used in a manner agreed upon by the local school board and the local union.  This funding is intended to address a range of possible areas.

Local Priorities Amount: $0

Restore the additional staffing that was agreed to in the 2017-2019 Collective Agreement.  The majority of the extra staffing was in Special Education, working face to face with our most vulnerable students.

Enhanced Special Education Programing Cost: $62,500,000

This would be the amount received by English speaking public schoolboards to be able to double the current amount spent on multi-disciplinary teams in Special Education.

Costs for Professional College Requirements: $828,944

This will provide our Professional Student Support Personnel one day to work on re-certification requirements for their respective professional college.  For example, an audiologist employed by a school board could work on the activities that are required to maintain their licence to practice.

Apprenticeship Cost: $0

This proposal seeks to maintain the $500,000 amount for OSSTF members to be able to take part in apprenticeship programs with a school board.

Cost for additional professional development day: $0

This funding was in place in the 2018/2019 school year, and this proposal seeks to maintain the provision of an additional professional development day for support staff to partake in mandatory and important training from the Ministry of Education or the local school board.