WRDSB OT Tip: 10 occurrences per year

  • Just a reminder to all members that under our Collective Agreement, we must complete 10 occurrences of Occasional Teaching before June 15 in order to stay on the list for the next year.
    • These are counted by job numbers, so a half-day assignment counts as one occurrence and a full day assignment counts as one occurrence, as well.
    • Failure to complete the required occurrences will result in members receiving a letter from HR before June 30 telling them they will be removed from the Occasional Teachers’ list (now known as the roster).
    • There is an appeal process available, but the Board is quite firm about this expectation.  We are currently in discussion with the Board to clarify he expectation for members who return from a leave part-way through the year.
    • If this is your situation and it appears that you will not have completed the 10-occurrence requirement before June 15, please contact this office.
  • Also under our Collective Agreement, if a member wants to apply for a full-year Leave of Absence, s/he must complete the 10 occurrence requirement in the year in which s/he applies.
    • So, if, for instance, you want to teach in Hong Kong next year, you must have completed 10 occurrences this year, AND you must apply for a leave before the next year begins.
    • If you know your plans, I suggest that you apply for a leave a.s.a.p. – before the end of June, if possible.  If you try and apply once next year begins, you will be expected to complete the 10 occurrences before you will be granted a leave.

Keep in mind that we haven’t met with the Board to discuss Local issues that might affect our Collective Agreement – some of these items may change – stay posted!!

Notice from the Health and Wellness Office at WRDSB

Attached please find information regarding extended illness/injury.  As OTs we can be victim of illness/injury that requires considerable time for recovery.  We can, upon completing the documentation required, be eligible for a medical leave of absence.

The attached memo refers to the links at which members can find forms and information regarding this.  Under this leave plan, the 10 occurrences required to remain on the list for the next school year may be waived.  If you find yourself in a situation requiring a considerable period of time away from Occasional teaching, please refer to these forms.  Do not delay the application if you think you may require such accommodation.

ES-M085 Health Promotion Program Procedures.pdf

An Interesting PD Opportunity for Women Members

ETFO is offering Basic Joint Health and Safety Certification Training – Part one, for one female member of each Local.  It is a three day programme – the days will be reimbursed as if they were Occasional Teaching days.  The course involves 24 hours of instruction and a written test.  It is provincially recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.  It is a solid foundation of training on legal rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

We are fortunate to have this course offered here in Waterloo at the contract Teachers’ Office on Wabanaki Dr. in Kitchener. It will be held on May 22, 23 and 24.

Registration is through this office and must be sent by May 9, 2013.

Please contact Judy Cutts at 519-571-0222 if you are interested.  This is an interesting and important course.  Don’t wait to inquire!  If there is considerable interest in this opportunity, we will hold a ‘lottery draw’ on May 8, 2013.

Labour Council Scholarship Available!

The Waterloo Region Labour Council offers two $500 scholarships to members or the child or grandchild of a member of a local union affiliated to the Waterloo Regional Labour Council. Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers are affiliated with the Labour Council.

I encourage members to apply for this scholarship on behalf of themselves, or their children/grandchildren.  One scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a college and another will be awarded to a student attending a university.  The candidate must be entering or returning to a post-secondary institution on a full time basis in September 2013.

Please contact this office for more information and the application package.  Deadline is June 21, 2013.