Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
26 Upper Canada

Understanding "Group Rating Statements"

Getting your Initial Group Rating Statement from OSSTF
You need to apply to Provincial OSSTF - Certification Department for an Initial Group Rating Statement.  Complete and submit Form 1.  You must inform the Board (Human Resources), in writing, that you have applied to OSSTF Certification for an initial Rating Statement. Below is a sample letter you should use:

Dear Human Resources Officer:

This is to advise you that I have recently applied to the OSSTF Certification Department for an initial Rating Statement.  Upon the receipt of this Rating Statement, I will promptly forward a copy to you, by fax.  This will provide you with the necessary documentation required to place me in the appropriate “Group” on the salary grid. I also trust that the appropriate amounts will be applied retroactively to my date of hire into the Bargaining Unit.


Should you have any questions or require any further detail, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 <your name> <your school/site>

Once you receive your OSSTF Group Rating Statement, send a copy to the Board (Human Resources).  Your pay will be retroactively adjusted to the date of hire given your group as defined on the OSSTF Group Rating Statement. 


Note:  All correspondence to Provincial OSSTF Certification Department not accompanied by an application form are returned and all documentation must be re-submitted with the completed application form. It normally takes 10 weeks for turn around of applications or re-evaluations plus mailing time once all the materials are in and the file is completed for processing.


Taking a Course to Upgrade your Group?
 
Before taking a course to upgrade your group, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you request approval for a course from the OSSTF Certification Department.  Course approval requests normally take 2 weeks to process plus mailing. All courses require written approval prior to enrolment. A completed Form 3  must be submitted each time a course approval is requested and this should be submitted well in advance of starting the course.


Qualify for a change in Group?

Occasional Teachers generally qualify for a change in Group, when:
  • they have successfully completed courses that will count towards an increase in Group; or
  • new OSSTF Certification rules are in place (usually indicated in the "OSSTF Update" communications sent to teachers by Provincial OSSTF) that will now recognize previous courses, experience, etc. that were previously not recognized.

If you feel you qualify for a change in Group rating, you need to apply to Provincial OSSTF - Certification Department for a re-evaluation of your Rating Statement.  Complete and submit Form 2.  Inform the Board immediately (Human Resources), in writing, that you have applied to OSSTF Certification for an updated Rating Statement.  Once you receive your updated OSSTF Group Rating Statement, fax a copy to the Board – Human Resources.  Below is a sample letter you should use:

Dear Human Resources Officer:

This is to advise you that I have recently applied to the OSSTF Certification Department for a change in Category.  Upon the receipt of an updated Rating Statement, I will promptly forward a copy to you, by fax or email.  This will provide you with the necessary documentation required to place me in the appropriate “Group” on the salary grid.  I also trust that the appropriate amounts will applied retroactively to the date stipulated in article 4.03 of the Collective Agreement.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 <your name> <your school/site>