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’s GSA Symposium will provide opportunities for elementary educators to find out how to begin and 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
Forms for members with accessibility needs:
Online registration begins on Monday, April 20, 2015 and is available at https://events.etfo.org/. Space is limited.
For more information, please contact Adam Peer, extension 2239,email@example.com at the provincial office.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Celebrate Spring with your Occasional Teacher Colleagues!
THE 3RD ANNUAL SPRING BREAKFAST
Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Hotel & Conference Centre
Saturday, April 25, 2015
30 Fairway Rd. S., Kitchener
$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.