Monthly Archives: April 2015

Connecting Occasionally – April 24, 2015

Hello Members,

It has been a very busy couple of weeks and I belive it may be forshadowing the months to come. It is more important than every that members stay up to date on the provincial issues. If you haven’t already, please visit for up to date information and keep an eye open for “ETFO Bargaining Bulletins.” The Ontario public school boards are demanding that we give up many rights that we have bargained for over the years. We have a responsibility to be aware of the issues so that we can defend our collective agreement.

Locally, we will soon begin bargaining directly with the WRDSB and attempt to make gains as outlined in the preliminary submission. Our collective bargaining team will keep the members updated as this process moves forward.

Thank you to the PL committee, executive members, and everyone who attended the “Carousel of Workshops” on April 17th. It was a major success and feedback from the workshops has been well received. I look forward to next year’s event.

The local has put out a call for executive nominations as well as delegates to the provincial annual meeting in August. Please consider both of these opportunities. Don’t hesitate to inquire if you have questions about the roles or the process.

Nathan Core

All hands on Deck – May 1, 2015

Just a heads up that there is a large system event on May 1, 2015 (both elementary and secondary schools). There could be over 400 teachers attending the event. Work will be available.

ETFO GSA Symposium – May 22-23, 2015

ETFO’s GSA Symposium will provide opportunities for elementary educators to find out how to begin GSA2015and maintain a GSA in their school and learn about LGBTQ community resources.

ETFO GSA Symposium –  I Love GSAs
Date: May 22-23, 2015
Location: ETFO Provincial Office, Toronto

Conference Flyer


Forms for members with accessibility needs:

Online registration begins on Monday, April 20, 2015 and is available at Space is limited.

For more information, please contact Adam Peer, extension 2239, at the provincial office.

LTO Staffing

No formal information has been provided from the board regarding the process for September LTOs. It is expected the it will be very similar to the previous year. Please keep an eye open in June for a system memo or information from this office

Collective Bargaining Update


There is a lot of news on the Collective Bargaining front – and none of it is good. The Provincial talks are very challenging. Provincial has requested a No-Board Report.

Our secondary colleagues have started work action in Durham, with other areas to follow, we are told.  There seems to be little optimism that fair, negotiated, agreements can be reached in the near future.  It may be a rocky road this spring.

We, at your Local office, are asking you to stay informed and stay connected through these updates and through the school stewards.  We strongly encourage members to contact us at the Local 519-571-0222 or by an email to to verify rumors or to express your opinions on what you see happening or what you may see and hear in the media. ETFO does have a plan for all eventualities, and in the next few weeks there will be a series of bulletins distributed through our office to all members.  Other information is available through the Provincial ETFO website.

We strongly encourage members to get familiar with that site and to sign up for the collective bargaining newsletters.  You may wish to join the provincial Twitter and Facebook groups, too.  Information is power. We must be prepared.

It is vital that we have a personal email address for each member.  If there is a work action, it could be that the Board will not continue to let us use Waterworks, so we must have accurate email addresses in order to stay in touch.  We will be going through our roster to follow up with people who have only provided us with a Waterworks address, so you could greatly assist us by providing us with a personal address before we contact you. You may also wish to prepare yourselves by considering your financial and, perhaps, summer, plans.  We are familiar with unpredictable work situations but having contingency plans in place – or in mind – is always beneficial.

In the meantime, stay calm…and carry on… delivering the best programmes and support to the children in our classes!

Judy Cutts,  Chief Negotiator


Workshop: Inclusive Classrooms – Success for All – May 4, 2015


Hello Colleagues!

The PL Committee is pleased to announce an exciting workshop opportunity.

Join Mike Beetham as he presents

Inclusive Classrooms: Success for All!

This workshop will look at creating win-win situations in your classroom by utilizing the collective expertise in the session. The focus will be on creating learning communities that help each member be successful. Teachers will spend time reflecting on their current pedagogy and examine a wide vareity of classroom best practices. As well there will be time spent addressing the needs of the participants through an open-ended question and answer session.
This workshop will take place Monday May 4, 2015 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the WROTL Office (130 Highland Road East, Kitchener).  A light meal will be served.  Child care subsidy is available upon request.

Register early as spaces are limited.
The PL Committee


Third Annual Spring Breakfast – Saturday, April 25, 2015

Celebrate Spring with your Occasional Teacher Colleagues!


Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Hotel & Conference Centre

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Michigan Room
30 Fairway Rd. S., Kitchener
9:30 am
$10 per member

Enjoy a full restaurant style breakfast buffet. (French toast or pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, fruit, yogurt and beverages)

This a great opportunity to network with other teachers as well as discuss the upcoming staffing round.


Cost for this subsidized event is $10.00 per participant payable at the restaurant.