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Episode 82: What’s in a name? Affirming the dignity and role of support staff in education

In this episode we discuss a proposal from grassroots educational support staff in Ontario to change the name of their union from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) to the Ontario Support Staff and Teachers Federation (OSSTF). We provide background on the role of support staff historically in Ontario and their membership in education unions and how it has changed over the years to today. The support staff discuss their rationale for the proposal alongside a teacher whose union district agreed to bring it forward to the union’s annual meeting happening in March.

Previous episodes

Episode 74: Unions role in affirming the rights of educational support staff

Episode 71 – “We are doing all we can to hold on right now” – Secretaries and custodians discuss their work and concerns during the pandemic

Episode 67: “Protecting ourselves and our students” – Part 2 Educational support staff speak up

Episode 66: “Our kids have been forgotten” – Part 1 Educational Support Staff Speak Up

Episode 48: Educational interpreters discuss remote learning and re-opening

Episode 26: Part 1 “They can’t run the schools without us” Child and Youth workers speak

Episode 19: Educational support staff speak for themselves

Episode 8: Custodial and maintenance staff’s vital role in the education system

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Episode 82: What’s in a name? Affirming the dignity and role of support staff in education