DDSB Reaches Agreements with OSSTF (PSSP) and ETFO (DECE) Bargaining Units

Photo: –Chris Braney, Chair of the DDSB and Pickering Trustee

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) has reached renewed collective agreements with Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP) and Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECE) bargaining units.

The DDSB ratified both agreements at a Special Board Meeting on November 2, 2020, while PSSP and DECE reached ratification of their agreements respectively on October 20 and October 28. The DDSB continues to collectively bargain with eight remaining bargaining units to reach an agreement.


“The Durham District School Board values the partnership that we have with our labour partners. We are pleased to reach an agreement with OSSTF Professional Student Services Personnel and ETFO Designated Early Childhood Educator bargaining units. The important role that these two employee groups play in serving students and the system is crucial to ensuring student success and well-being.“

– Chris Braney, Chair, Durham District School Board

“The Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP) Bargaining Unit of District 13 OSSTF is happy to have reached a collective agreement with the Durham District School Board. We are grateful for the efforts of both parties to come together to reach an agreement that supports public education in Durham.”

– Jennifer Seif, President, Professional Student Services Personnel (OSSTF District 13)

“After our members experienced a very challenging round of provincial bargaining this year, I am pleased to announce that we have reached and ratified a local agreement with the DDSB. Through many collaborative discussions with the Board over the last 5 months we believe that a fair agreement was reached that will meet many of the needs for our members.”

– Rayna Barrese, President, Designated Early Childhood Educators Local (ETFO Durham)


The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The DDSB employs 6,900 teaching and educational services staff. With 133 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the DDSB accommodates more than 70,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the DDSB’s website at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB, Instagram @durhamschools and YouTube at DurhamDSB.

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