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Card Signing Procedure

In order for OSSTF/FEESO to file an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to become your bargaining agent, we have to file with the OLRB proof that a significant number of support staff want to vote on joining OSSTF/FEESO.

We urge you to fill out the card included in this package. By returning it to us, you will indicate your desire to join OSSTF/FEESO and to hold a certification vote to authorize OSSTF/FEESO to become your bargaining agent.

Please follow the process indicated below to ensure you get an opportunity to vote.

Who should sign a card?

All professional support staff employed in either full-time or contract positions. Even if you have been excluded in past organizing campaigns you should still sign a card as the employer will have to prove once again to the OLRB that you should be excluded.

I am retiring in the next few years, this won’t impact me so should I sign a card?

Yes definitely! In order that your younger colleagues can benefit from being members of OSSTF/FEESO a minimum of 40% of current employees must sign cards. Signing a card will simply allow the vote to take place. If you don’t want to vote to influence the results you still should fill out a card to guarantee your co-workers get an opportunity to vote.

Procedure

  1. Fill out the left hand side of the card carefully including all information requested. Please print the information clearly with a pen.

  2. On the right hand side of the card, indicate the date you signed it and place your signature on the appropriate line.

  3. The witness can be anyone over the age of 18 including a co-worker or family member.

  4. Place the card in the prepaid envelope and drop in the mail.

Please note:

  • The cards are returned directly to OSSTF/FEESO and remain confidential.

  • The employer never sees these cards and has no access to them at any time during the process.

  • Once a minimum of 40% of the your co-workers have returned their cards OSSTF/FEESO makes a formal application to the OLRB and forwards the signed cards to the OLRB with the application.