Joint news release from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and the Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP)/OSSTF
June 1, 2020—A tentative collective agreement has been reached between the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and the Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP)/OSSTF District 29.
At HPEDSB, employees who are part of PSSP provide professional supports for students and work primarily in schools. They are caring and dedicated members of the HPEDSB family who support student achievement every day, and include the following:
- attendance counsellors;
- autism coordinators;
- child and youth workers;
- psychoeducational consultants;
- speech language pathologists; and
- social workers.
Two agreements were negotiated due to the new connection between PSSP and OSSTF. The first one was for the period June 24 to August 31, 2019 and the second for September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022. Ratification votes are expected to take place by mid-June 2020.
No details of the agreement or anything further will be released at this time.
“The PSSP Bargaining Committee is very pleased to bring this tentative agreement to its members for ratification. The process was inclusive and collaborative. Even when negotiations moved to online meetings rather than in-person, we felt the discussions progressed well and with intentionality. We appreciate the efforts of management to work with us.” – Melissa Lafrance, President, OSSTF/PSSP District 29
“We are so happy that we have reached another agreement with a valued group of employees. The employees in the Professional Student Services Personnel group work with students who have unique needs often and require a special level of support. We are pleased that we have reached an agreement that values them as professionals and recognizes the important work they do.” – Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board
“We are again very pleased and proud to reach our first collective agreement with this important employee group. The PSSP group focuses entirely on the needs of students who often have unique needs. They are critical to the success of these students and ultimately they are an essential part of the overall success of the HPEDSB. I congratulate both negotiating teams for concluding this successful collective bargaining effort.” – Sean Monteith, Director of Education