Connecting…Occasionally – May 22, 2015

nathan-coreEveryday seems to bring new challenges, we can only hope to prioritize and work diligently through the  issues. Remember the grade 3 student who looks up at you in shock at the shear size of the EQAO test. (Maybe not this year) – Take it one step at a time.

Right now it feels like I am staring at my own EQAO test. On the desk are Provincial Negotiations, Work-to-Rule Strike Action, LTO list grievance, Local Negotiations, Local AGM, end of year events, report cards, Contract and LTO staffing and the list goes on! That being said the end is in sight!

I want to recognize the challenges that this Strike action has on Daily Occasional Teachers. Many OTs have seen a drop in pre-arranged assignments. June has traditionally been one of our busiest months I expect there to be work available but the process may change. We might see an increase in assignments appearing the night before or morning of. We will need to be proactive in picking up assignments as well as calling into the fail-to-fill line to acquire work.

Last night’s AGM was a major success. I would like to congratulate Josh Heisler and Angelo Volpini who will be joining the executive for the 2015-2016 school year. I would like to also thank Elizabeth Cassidy, Meredith Bee and Theresa Vang for their past work. There are many people who make this event happen and I am very appreciative of all the support!

For those of you who missed this event, I encourage you to come out next year and be sure to attend our Fall General Meeting in October.

Committee reports (and sign-up!) are now live on the website

The Executive will review the committee applications and approvals will be made in June. You will also be able to review the reports of the Executive

SafeTALK Workshop – May 27, 2015

SafeTALK Workshop

– Free Certification

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

The Equity and Social Justice Committee is hosing a safeTALK workshop. This workshop is supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association and is for community members to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and help them connect with further help and care. This 3 hour workshop teaches the attendee the 4 basic steps to recognize individuals with thoughts of suicide and connect them with help.

Each member who attends will receive a resource book, a wallet sized card and will also receive a certificate of completion. A light dinner will also be served.

Space is limited.

Council of Canadians “Go Vote!” Campaign

It’s been nine years of job losses, health care privatization, falling wages, and environmental neglect.

Now it’s time for change. And with the 2015 federal election rapidly approaching, you and I hold the power in our hands to deliver that change.

That’s why the Council of Canadians has embarked on a cross-Canada series of public town halls as part of our Go Vote! campaign. Our goal is to engage directly with the voting public – everyone from students to seniors – around the kind of change we want to see in our communities and our country, and how we can come together to make it happen.

I’m thrilled to say the tour is coming to Ontario with a compelling lineup of speakers.

I want to invite you to come join us and to learn how you can inspire democratic participation in your community.

For more information on the campaign and specific town halls, click here .

CLC Launches National Campaign for 2015 Federal Election

The Canadian Labour Congress has launched a nation-wide campaign to talk to Canadians about four key issues on which the Harper government has failed them, and concrete proposals that could address issues that affect us. It’s time for change in the way the federal government deals with the issues of good jobs, retirement security, child care, and health care. The CLC will be distributing pamphlets on the issues to union members across the country, and asking them to pledge to mobilize their co-workers, neighbours, and friends to join the campaign to defeat the Harper government. See the campaign website at

Time for Change Tour

Join us for a time for change event in your community to see how you can get involved. These short and fun events will be a great opportunity to meet fellow labour activists in your community and pick up materials to help reach out to members in your workplace.

Sign up to attend this amazing event brought to you by the CLC!

Waterloo – May 25, 7 pm – 9pm
105 King St E
Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8