From 1983, when there were 17 ‘Teacher Aides’ employed with the Board, our membership has grown and continues to grow alongside the enrolment of students with special needs. When Full-Day Kindergarten came to Peel, our membership grew significantly as the membership includes Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs).
The membership encompasses permanent, long-term occasional and casual Educational Assistants and Designated Early Educators who work for the Peel District School Board. Locations within the Board have Union Stewards who are responsible for communication between the Executive and the membership. These trained Stewards assist members on site as the need arises.
The Union has a variety of Committees. Members are strongly encouraged to participate on Committees to familiarize themselves with the various aspects of the Union. An Executive member sits on every Committee.
Communication is key for the membership to receive up-to-date and valuable information. Members are encouraged to sign up for the mailing list as Union business cannot be conducted on Peel Board email. Critical information regarding key issues for negotiations and benefits changes (for example) are communicated through the mailing list.
General Meetings are held throughout the year and the Annual General Meeting is held each Spring Meetings are a key way for members to receive information either in person or through their Steward.
The Union is governed by OPSEU’s Constitution. This document outlines the rules and regulations supporting the Union structure.