All ETFO Meeting – Sept., 24, 2012

A couple of items for your attention…

1. Monday, September 24, 2012 is the important meeting for all ETFO members at Bingeman Park.  Information will be shared by the provincial staff, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers, and there will be a strike vote following.

  • Registration begins at 4:00 p.m.
  • Meeting begins at 4:45 p.m.
  • Meeting is scheduled to last about an hour.
  • Ballot boxes will open about 5:45 p.m.

It is very important that as many members as possible attend this meeting.  Occasional teachers, Contract Teachers and Designated Early Childhood Educators will be there.  Please plan to attend.

2. With less than a week to go, there are 4 pages of names of members who have not yet completed their Offence Declaration for this year.  It is important that you take care of this right away.  Failure to complete this can result in removal from the list and the inability to complete assignments – even if they have been pre-booked.  The Declaration takes only seconds to complete.  It is found in the ECNO site.  Your username is the same as your PAL (Waterworks) username and your password does not expire, so if you were able to complete this last year, you should be able to do it this year.  If you cannot remember your password, do not keep guessing – the system will block you out after about 3 incorrect tries.  Click on the words that say ‘Forgot your password’ to reset it before you get to that point.

The Offence Declaration is due on September 28, 2012.

The mandatory Health and Safety videos are different from the Offence Declaration.  They must be completed by Nov. 14, 2012.  Instructions for completing them were included in the fall mailing from this office.

Please contact this office if you need assistance with either of these mandatory requirements. 519-571-0222 or


Judy Cutts

WROTL President

Upcoming Events – Sept-Oct 2012


We do our best to inform members of upcoming events and this year it will be even more important that members are informed. We send out information on PL workshops being sponsored by different committees of ETFO-WROTL through our email system. Registrations are handled through one email. Workshops often fill quickly. Other events are posted in this newsletter or on our website – our Communications Officer, Tammy Gaudun, works hard to update the list on a regular basis – please check it out!

In the near future…

  • Tuesday, September 18 – PL Workshop
  • Monday, September 24 – mass meeting for all ETFO members and strike vote at Bingeman Park at 4:30
  • Saturday, September 29 – Take Back the Night March in K-W – 5:00 p.m. at Waterloo Square
  • Thursday, October 4 – Recognition of World Teacher Day (Oct. 5) – a ‘grab and go’ event with lots of ‘free stuff’, light refreshments and informal conversation – Just drop into the office – 3:00ish to 5:00ish
  • Monday, October 15 – Tim Horton’s Meet and Greet – Arthur St. Elmira
  • Thursday, October 18 – our ETFO Fall Meeting – more information coming…

Take Back the Night Annual March – Sept 29, 2012


Your Status of Women Committee invites you to participate in this annual community event that brings communities together to call for an end to violence against women, transfolk and children.

It is being held on September 29. People are asked to gather at Waterloo Public Square about 5:00 for a rally – all are welcome! We proceed down King Street, accompanied by the Tri-City Roller Girls, to Victoria Park to let others know that the streets and public places in our cities should be safe for all. The group then continues to Kitchener City Hall where all are invited to enjoy refreshments and entertainment. (This year, the “The Flying V’s” – KW’s first ever poetry slam team – will perform.)

Men are asked to support the marchers by cheering from the sidelines during the actual march, but are welcome at the rally before the march and at the activities at City Hall.

We have been supporters of this event for several years and always welcome Occasional Teachers to join in – another opportunity for you to volunteer to distribute small items to participants and to carry our flag!!

Illness/Disability Information for all Occasional Teachers

Our Board has a good policy regarding extended illness and disability that applies to all Board employees, whether full time, part time, occasional or hourly. They do need to be made aware of specific situations as soon as it becomes apparent that an employee will not be able to work for any length of time.

It is subfindervery important that members do not just book themselves as unavailable through SubFinder if they are unable to work. This has been important in several cases in which members have not been able to complete the 10 occurrences necessary to stay on the list for a subsequent year. Having this in place can alleviate a lot of stress during what are, often, stressful enough times for members. Please call for information.

In a similar vein, as employees, you must inform HR if you are pregnant or adopting, and want to take a maternity/parental leave. These leaves are covered under specific legislation, but your employer does need to know that you are taking a leave.

Again, several members received letters of termination for not having completed the 10 occurrences because they did not let HR know about a parental leave.

Member Development Fund

mdfOur ‘year’ begins July 1, so we are again happy to receive MDF applications from members who have been with us for a minimum of one calendar year and have taken courses or participated in a wide variety of activities.

The fund provides up to a maximum of $125 per member per year to support Professional Learning. There is also a book subsidy of $35 per member per year available. Not a huge amount – but every little bit helps!

More information and forms are available through the FAQ section of the OT conference on Waterworks, or through our website.