Monthly Archives: December 2013

Employment Insurance: Xmas 2013

Here is the link for EI

Each person’s situation is a bit different so you will have to work through the process on your own and call Service Canada if you have any questions.

Below is some more information provided to teachers in regards to EI. Remember as you read this it is for all teachers and is not written specifically to occasional teachers.

LTO Evaluation – Reg 274/12

Hopefully by now many of you are familiar with Ontario Regulation 274/12 of the Education Act. This regulation was put in place by the Ontario Government to help with hiring practises within the public education sector. It has had some major ramifications for both occasional teachers and the boards that they work for. Regulation 274 has laid out specific rules to follow when staffing occasional teachers to LTO positions as well as permanent teaching jobs.
Regulation 274/12 can be accessed here:
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_120274_e.htm
Within regulation 274 an LTO evaluation is referred to:

 

7.(3)  For the purposes of subsection (2), the board shall interview the five teachers from the long-term occasional teachers list who,

  • (a) have completed a long-term assignment in a school of the board that was at least four months long and in respect of which the teacher has not received an unsatisfactory evaluation;
  • (b) have the required qualifications for the position;
  • (c) have the highest ranking under section 2; and
  • (d) have agreed to be interviewed. O. Reg. 274/12, s. 7 (3).

Prior to regulation 274 there was no official evaluation process for those in LTOs. This has forced the ministry to provide a framework that could then be adjusted by mutual agreement with the local union and the board. Waterloo Region District School Board chose to use the ministry’s evaluation template and did not consider our local’s suggestions to improve and clarify the documents.
These documents can be found below. The first refers to the process and the second is the actual evaluation form.

 

Please note, if you have already completed a 4 month LTO in the past and have not had an evaluation you have still met the requirements for section 7.3 of the regulation. You can not be penalized for a lack of evaluation.

WRDSB LTO Evaluation process information

The WRDSB announced they are holding an information session, open to all Occasional Teachers, in regards to the new LTO Evaluation process. I had strongly encouraged the board to hold this session on Friday, December 20th, in conjunction with professional development. However, it was decided to have the sessions after school on Tuesday, December 17th and Wednesday, December 18th.

In order to get a rough estimate as to number of attendees. I ask that everyone answer this one question survey to help determine which date works best for them. If you do not wish to attend, please indicate that in the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WSYZTBQ

Thanks!

-Nathan Core

WROTL President

Season’s Greetings

I hope this newsletter finds you well and you will be able to find some time to curl up with a warm beverage while you scroll through these articles.

December is a very challenging time in the school year and I encourage all members to remember to keep an “even keel” when dealing with different situations within the school environment. Support could be around the corner in another classroom or only a phone call away to your administrator.

Please remember that you are always welcome to contact the Local office in regards to the collective agreement, or other issues of concern.

Nathan Core
ETFO WROTL President
“Silence never won rights.  They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below.”   Roger Nash Baldwin

OCT Dues

There has been some confusion over the timeline for the $150 OCT dues. Payment for the dues must be paid to the OCT by April 15th, 2014.

  • Those in LTOs will have their fees deducted from their January 24th pay.
  • Daily OTs are responsible to make the payment themselves.

If you are unhappy about the increase in OCT dues, please direct your e-mails to info@oct.ca

EI Information for the Christmas Break

The reference code for EI applications for December 2013 school-related intake is: 3511012013201312

  • Effective: 07 Dec 2013
  • Expiry: 17 Jan 2014

WRDSB – December 20, 2013

  • LTOs are expected to follow their regular schedules for Friday December 20th.
  • OTs: There will be no work available for daily OTs.

This day has been erroneously referred to as a PD day. There is no PD being provided by the board to occasional teacher next Friday. This is a self-directed day at the school for those in LTO positions.