Connecting…Occasionally – President’s Message

October 15th, 2013

Hello Members,

I realize that this is a very busy time for us. Daily work is starting to pick up with the changing of the seasons and those in LTOs are busy with diagnostics/assessments and progress reports. Please make every effort to attend our Fall Annual Meeting on October 24th. This is only one of two scheduled all member meetings for the year and it is important to have a voice in how your organization is run.

Your executive is proud to represent the Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers and this is an opportunity to get informed.

There is also some openings on a few committees for the 2013-2014 school year and we will have information at the meeting.

-Nathan Core

President WROTL

In this newsletter:

Fall Annual Meeting
MOU and Locally Agreed Items
Staff Room Thursday
Offense Declaration and Online Training
The Roster and LTO List
LTO Benefits
Severe Weather Information
Timmy’s Meet and Greet


Fall Annual Meeting

We will be honouring members who have served as Occasional Teachers for the WRDSB for 5,10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. Also the final budget for 2013-2014 will be considered and voted upon. Members will receive Executive and Committee Reports. We hope to finish about 6:30.

We are pleased that Representatives of the Board will be attending our Fall Membership Meeting. They will be answering questions and concerns regarding the new rules surrounding Sick Leave and Short Term Disability.

A short presentation from United Way will also be heard.

Best of all, a light dinner and beverage will be provided.

What: Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers’ Local Fall Membership Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2012
Time: Registration and Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. Meeting to begin at 4:30 p.m.
Place: Conestogo Place – 110 Manitou Drive, Kitchener. Between Bleams Rd. and Wabanaki Dr. (the former Knights of Columbus Hall)

Dependent care subsidy forms will be available.

We would appreciate a response to this email if you can come, so we can plan for refreshments, but please feel free to come at the last minute if your plans change and you can attend.

Please RSVP


MOU and Locally Agreed Items

The Memorandum Between ETFO and the Board with locally agreed items in Schedule A and an overview of the ETFO MOU Improvements will be posted to the website for members to review. There will be a short presentation at the Fall Annual Meeting.


Staff Room Thursday

This Thursday, October 17th will be our first Staffroom Thursday of the school year. Please join us at the WROTL office at 4:30pm. The topic of discussion will be “networking in the schools.” We will be sharing and discussing ideas for how to become better known in the schools and hopefully acquire more OT jobs.

Staffroom Thursdays are informal gatherings for OTs to meet and discuss relevant issues and teaching strategies. Since OTs don’t have a staffroom of their own, this is a great opportunity meet other people in the same position as you and who have similar challenges. Come out and meet some new people!


Offense Declaration and Online Training

Today is the last day (second chance) for your Offense Declarations! Login to

Make sure you also visit the WRDSB’s On-line Employee Training Centre and ensure that you have completed your health and safety videos.


The Roster and LTO List

Both the Roster and LTO List have been updated. The board has confirmed that these will be updated bi-weekly on the Thursday of each pay week. Access them through


LTO Benefits

Article 13.08 of the ETFO Collective Agreement Permeates Long Term Occasional teachers to enroll in the WRDSB Benefit PLan, provided that the employee pays 100% of the premium cost, and that the LTO is a minimum of 60 days in length. Enrolment is OTPIONAL for LTOs. While your LTO qualifies you for enrolment, should you choose to sign up for benefits, the benefits remain in place for the duration of your employment.

The current benefit monthly premiums are as follows


  • Single – $105.22
  • Family $284.72


  • Single – $46.70
  • Family – $145.08


  • Basic $2000 – $0.38
  • Basic $25000 – $4.76
  • Optional (per $10000) – $1.28

*IMPORTANT – If you do not wish you enroll at this time your will be offered benefits again if you qualify with a future LTO as well as when you are successful to a contract position.

If you change your mind and cancel benefits you will not be able to automatically re-enroll if you get a contract. You will be required to submit Evidence of Insurability, and Basic life/Dental is mandatory.


Severe Weather Information



During the fall, winter and spring of the school year, unusual or severe weather conditions can lead to a number of different situations requiring cancellation of some or all student transportation – both regular and Special Education.

The following media outlets will carry Inclement Weather Cancellation Announcements for the Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District School Board



  • AM band 570
  • FM band 96.7
  • FM band 106.7
  • FM   band 99.5
  • FM   band 105.3
  • FM   band 107.5
  • AM   band 1460
  • FM   band 106.1
  • FM   band 98.5
  • TV   12
  • FM   band 91.5
  • FM   band 94.3

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region

Effective Immediately – October 2013


Comments and suggestions are welcome!

Please call: Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region

519-650-4934 ext. 221


Timmy’s Meet and Greet

Our second Tim Horton’s gathering for this year will be held on Tuesday, October 29th, from 3:45 until 5:00ish. Please join us at the Tim’s at Myer’s Rd and #24 (Water St) in Cambridge. We are always happy to have members come to ask questions, discuss issues, share experiences or just to socialize. Come if you can!


Nathan Core

ETFO WROTL President

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela

Written by Communications Officer

ETFO WROTL Communications Officer 2011/2012

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