Monthly Archives: May 2015

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 https://etfowrotl.com/contact-us/committees/.

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 https://etfowrotl.com/contact-us/

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.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wrotl-safetalk-workshop-suicide-prevention-tickets-17056231648

EI Codes: Summer 2015

The Reference Code for EI Applications for June 2015 school-related intake:

3511012015201506

Effective: 19 Jun 2015

Expiry: 24 Jul 2015

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 www.betterchoice.ca.

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

OT Tip: Prep Time & the Daily OT

Prep time and the Daily OT

This is a topic that arises from time to time and I felt the need to re-visit it.

A teacher’s prep time is for them to use as seen fit. When a daily OT takes over the classroom for the day they have the right to a self-directed prep time. However, the plans may suggest that the OT make photocopies for the next period, gather resources for the next math lesson, take some time to assess the previous science lesson, deal with a class management issue, write observational notes, mark on a rubric, etc. All those things that a teacher would use a prep time for. As you know the OT may be able to cover some of those items during their prep, but things can arise and they might not get to them.

However, it would be inappropriate to instruct an OT to go assist in another classroom, I fail to see how that would be considered prep work and it erodes not just our own collective agreement, but the Waterloo Teacher Locals’ as well.

If any teacher chooses to use a prep time to assist in another classroom they may do so.

I feel that some suggestion is okay because the OT might not know what needs prepared depending on the plans that are left.

And your 2015/2016 Executive is…

We had a very successful Spring General Meeting last night at the Contestoga Place.  All of the proposed amendments to the WROTL Constitution were passed (see below).

We also elected our new Executive team for 2015/2016. Congratulations to the following members:

2015-2016 Executive

President Nathan Core
 1st Vice President Marsha Cober
 2nd Vice President Laura Schilling
 Chief Negotiations’ Officer Judy Cutts
 Treasurer Mary Karchemny
 Communications’ Officer/Secretary Tammy Gaudun
 Executive  Members Angela Duquette
Angelo Volpini
Josh Heisler
 Joint Health and Safety Rep    Judy Cutts

Thank you to Elizabeth Cassidy, Meredith Bee and Theresa Vang for their service with the Executive during the 2014/2015 school year.

We recognized the following retired members for their many years of excellent service with us:

  • Stephanie Hunsberger: Stephanie has been an OT for 35 years and is looking forward to spending more time with her five adorable grandchildren.
  • Becky Blackburn: Becky join the Waterloo Occasional Teachers in 1991 and spent 24 wonderful years as an OT, and is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren.
  • Susan Gibbons: Susan taught full time for 5 years before leaving to parent her children. She returned as an OT and spent 22 years with us until she retired last fall. She named ETFO Occasional Teach of the Year in 2002. Susan is looking forward to spending more time with her two granddaughters.

We were pleased to welcome the following special guests:

We hope to see you all at the Fall General Meeting in October!

Proposed Amendments to the WROTL Constitution & Bylaws

Proposed Amendment Current Language
1. That ARTICLE VI – LOCAL ORGANIZATION, Section 1 – Local Executive, subsection 6.1.1 be amended by substitution:1. The Local Executive shall include the following positions::a. President;b. Immediate Past President (may choose to continue to serve on the Executive for a one-year term immediately following the conclusion of their presidential term);c. First Vice President;
d. Second Vice President;
e. Chief Negotiator;
f. Treasurer;
g. Communications’ Officer/ Secretary;
h. Executive Members-at-large (maximum of three (3)); and
i. A non-voting member from the Waterloo Region Teachers’ Local.
1. ARTICLE VI – LOCAL ORGANIZATION, Section 1 – Local Executive, subsection 6.1.1 be amended by substitution:1. The Local Executive shall include the following positions::a. President;b. Immediate Past President (may choose to continue to serve on the Executive for a one-year term immediately following the conclusion of their presidential term);c. First Vice President;
d. Second Vice President;
e. Chief Negotiator;
f. Treasurer;
g. Communication’s Officer
h. Secretary
i. Executive Members-at-large (maximum of three (3)); and
j. A non-voting member from the Waterloo Region Teachers’ Local.
2) That ARTICLE VI-LOCAL ORGANIZATION, section 1 – Local Executive, subsection 6.1.3 be amended by the addition of the phrase, with the exception of the President, which shall be a two-year term.” 2) ARTICLE VI-LOCAL ORGANIZATION, section 1 – Local Executive, subsection 6.1.3, The term of the Executive shall be for one year.
3) That ARTICLE VI – LOCAL ORGANIZATION, Section 2 – Committees, subsection 6.2.3 be amended by substitution:6.2.3 Members shall be appointed to Standing Committees by the Executive for a one-year term. In order to be appointed as chair of a committee, the member must have served at least one year on that committee.Members may apply to serve on the same or other committee(s) in subsequent years. 3) ARTICLE VI – LOCAL ORGANIZATION, Section 2 – Committees, subsection 6.2.3:Members shall be appointed to Standing Committees by the Executive for a one-year term. Members may apply to serve on the same or other committee(s) in subsequent years.
4) That ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL CONSTITUTION shall be amended as follows:12.1 Proposed amendments to the Local Constitution must be submitted to the Executive a minimum of thirty (30) calendar days prior to the Local Annual Meeting or Local General Meeting. 4) ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL CONSTITUTION shall be amended as follows:12.1 Proposed amendments to the Local Constitution must be submitted to the Executive a minimum of forty-five (45) calendar days prior to the Local Annual Meeting or Local General Meeting.
5) That ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL CONSTITUTION, subsection 12.2 be amended by the addition of the phrase, or Local General Meeting”, following the phrase “Local Annual Meeting”. 5) ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL CONSTITUTION, subsection 12.2: The Executive shall publish all proposed amendments to the general membership at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the Local Annual Meeting.
6) That ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL CONSTITUTION, subsection 12.3 be amended by the addition of the phrase, or Local General Meeting, following the phrase “Local Annual Meeting”. 6) ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL CONSTITUTION, subsection 12.3: The Constitution shall be amended if 60% of the members present at the Local Annual Meeting vote in favour of the proposed amendment.
7) That ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL CONSTITUTION be amended by the deletion of subsection 12.4. 7) ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL CONSTITUTION, subsection 12. 4: Proposed interim amendments to the Constitution can be made at the Fall Meeting with at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior notice to the general membership, and provided that they have been submitted, in writing,  to the Executive at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the Fall Meeting. Formal approval of the interim motions must occur at the next Local Annual meeting.
8) That ARTICLE XIV-FINANCES, subsection 14.7, be amended by the addition of the following phrase at the end of the first sentence, “…contingent upon full reimbursement by the provincial ETFO office. 8) ARTICLE XIV-FINANCES, subsection 14.7,: The President of the Local shall receive an annual salary that is equal to the maximum grid salary level, A4, Step 10.This salary shall be paid through the Waterloo Region District School Board and reimbursed by the ETFO Provincial office. The effective date is September 1, 2014.
9) That BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 1 – Executive, subsection 1.1.13 be amended by substitution:Confirm that the three signing officers of the Local will be the President, First Vice President, and Treasurer.” 9) BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 1 – Executive, subsection 1.1.13:“Appoint at least three (3) signing officers of the Local .
10) That Bylaw I, Section 1- Duties of the Executive, subsection 1.1.18 be amended by the addition of the phrase, “… and work in conjunction with the President to organize these meetings.” 10) Bylaw I, Section 1- Duties of the Executive, subsection 1.1.18 : determine the location and time of a minimum of two general meetings, (one by October 31, the other by May 31)
11) That BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 3 – Duties of the First Vice President, subsection 1.3.4 be amended by deletion of, and Professional Learning”. 11) BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 3 – Duties of the First Vice President, subsection 1.3.4, “to be a member of the following Standing  Committees : Budget, Collective Bargaining, EOT, Federation Annual Meeting,  and Professional Learning”.
12) That BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 4 – Duties of the Second Vice President, subsection 1.4.2 be amended by deletion of, and Equity and Social Justice”. 12) BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 4 – Duties of the Second Vice President, subsection 1.4.2: to be a member of the following Standing Committees: Constitution & Bylaws, Federation Annual General Meeting, and Equity and Social Justice”.
13) That BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 4 – Duties of the Second Vice President, subsection 1.4.3 be amended by deletion. 13) BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 4 – Duties of the Second Vice President, subsection 1.4.3, to work in conjunction with the President to organize the general membership meetings.
14) That BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 7 – Duties of the Communications’ Officer, be amended by the addition of the contents of BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 8 – Duties of the Secretary. 14) BYLAW 1 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE, Section 7 – Duties of the Communications’ Officer : currently the duties of the Secretary are done by the Secretary and the duties of the Communications’ Officer are done by the Communications’ Officer.