Monthly Archives: August 2015

ETFO Bargaining Update

BargainingETFO President Sam Hammond gave his closing address at Annual Meeting 2015. In his speech, Hammond outlined ETFO’s Phase 2 work-to-rule for the 2015-16 school year.

http://www.etfocb.ca/incoming-presidents-address/

Linked below please find the Phase Two work-to-rule protocol for this round of bargaining.

Please keep in mind that the Phase Two protocol is in addition to the Phase One work-to-rule protocol.

http://www.etfocb.ca/phase-2-work-to-rule-documents/

As always, if you have any questions please contact the Local office.

OSSTF and OECTA have now reached tentative deals with the Government and School Boards at the Central Table

ETFO will keep you informed about the outcome of the meeting on September 1.

2015/2016 Job Action FAQs

FAQ_iconUnder normal circumstances, the professional learning occurring on the September 3rd PD day would be driven by administration and include an emphasis on the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Planning.  As a staff you would likely be shown the WRDSB System Video and then involved in a whole school activity reflecting on the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Planning.

We are under job action.  Things are not normal.

As part of Work-to-Rule, the September 3rd PA day is for teacher-directed professional learning.  Teachers have a great deal of administrative, pedagogical and classroom work to complete on the PA day.

Under the work-to-rule, the September 3rd PD day is not to be re-purposed to meet with parents, students, administration or participate in any other meeting.  This would not be happening under “normal” circumstances and certainly not under the current job action.

On September 3rd, all ETFO members will be asked to attend an in-school ETFO meeting at their site hosted by their federation representative.  The meeting will take place at the commencement of the day- the same time as your instructional day normally begins.  The meeting will last 25-30 minutes.  All ETFO members are expected to attend.  Once the ETFO meeting is finished, ETFO members can participate in teacher-directed professional learning for the remainder of the day.

 

What do we do about the September start-up packages that normally go home with students on the first day of school?

They will go home, however ETFO members will not prepare the contents of those envelopes, hand out the envelopes or organize or collect the contents of those envelopes once students return them.  Essentially, ETFO members will not handle the material at all.

It is not the responsibility of ETFO members to problem solve and/or create solutions on how to prepare and distribute such packages.  It is the responsibility of the WRDSB to come up with a solution.

Can ETFO members participate in NTIP Training?

Yes.  Participation in NTIP is not included in the current job action.

As a physical education teacher, I take on the task of selling gym uniforms and spirit wear.  Now what?

ETFO members will not collect monies.  Your school administration will need to take on the task of selling and collecting the money associated with gym uniforms and/or spirit wear.

Students need to purchase planners and locks for lockers at my school.  How will this be handled with the Phase 2 work-to-rule?

ETFO members will not collect monies.  Your school administration will need to take on the task of selling and collecting the money associated with planners and lockers. It is the responsibility of the WRDSB and/or your administration to come up with a solution.

I work in a congregated class setting.  Normally, I would would meet with these high-needs students prior to the first instructional day.  Can I still do this?

Teachers can choose to voluntarily meet with students and/or parents of special needs/high needs students prior to the first instructional day.  Teachers can not be advised or directed by their administration and/or other ETFO members to do so.

My principal is having a voluntary staff meeting prior to the first instructional day.  Can I choose to attend?

No.  Even under normal circumstances, there are no voluntary meetings.  A meeting is a meeting.  The Phase One strike protocol is still in effect.  A voluntary meeting is a work around.

Teachers will not attend any meetings- staff meetings, stand-up staff meetings, divisional meetings, grade group meetings, grade team meetings, program area meetings, curriculum meetings, CATC meetings and/or department meetings.

What do ETFO members do on the September 3 PD day?

The Federation Representative at each site will hold a 25-30 minute ETFO meeting in the morning to show a video update on Bargaining.

After the meeting, ETFO members are free to engage in their own professional learning for the remainder of their work day.

Can I meet with parents on the September 3 PD day?

As part of Work-to-rule, the PA day is teacher-directed and is not intended for parent/student meetings.

Teachers have a great deal of administrative, pedagogical and classroom work to complete on PA days. That work can include:

  • developing long range and unit plans for the 2015-16 school year;
  • evaluating their home/school communication strategies and make refinements, if necessary, for the 2015-2016 school year;
  • conducting an inventory of classroom supplies, books, science equipment, physical education equipment, music equipment, electronic devices and other materials;
  • identifying gaps in classroom educational resources and developing a list of necessary resources for the 2015-2016 school year;
  • setting up their assessment binders/templates/tools for their new class(es);
  • preparing the learning environment for the coming school year;
  • reading and reviewing curriculum documents (e.g., the new Health and Physical Education curriculum);
  • developing integrated curriculum plans for the 2015-2016 school year;
  • preparing new classroom displays;
  • moving classroom materials if changing grades or rooms for the 2015-2016 school year.

My administration has asked our staff to sign up for various committees.  What should I do?

Wait.

You can always commit to committee involvement at a later date when/if the job action ends.

Under the current action teachers will NOT participate in board committees (other than Health and Safety, in-school staffing/supervision committee, and School Council meetings), writing teams or curriculum resource development.

Teachers may continue to volunteer their time as an ETFO representative and/or United Way representative.

As always, should you have any additional questions contact the local office.  When in doubt, contact the ETFO

Personal Information Update

personal-infoThe local will be doing their annual mail out in September. The package will include a newsletter, lanyard cutout, daytimer, and training information. Please make sure that your address and personal e-mail address is up-to-date.

There are 3 places that you would need to update

  1. ETFO WROTL: Simply send an e-mail with the new information to wrotlocal@etfowatots.ca
  2. ETFO Provincial: Online update here: http://www.etfo.ca/BeingaMember/UpdateMemberInformation/Pages/UpdateMemberInformation.aspx
  3. WRDSB: Login –>Personal–>Basic: https://ec-imenu.wrdsb.on.ca/ or update with your HR contact

180 names to be added to LTO List on Sept. 1, 2015

The Board has notified the local that approximately LTO-LOGOwill be added to the LTO list on Sept 1st through the process that was outlined in the LTO list settlement.  These members were notified by the board through an e-mail.

As for those on Pregnancy Leave during the 2014-2015 school year it is the Board’s opinion that “their employment as an OT has been maintained and that is the extent of our obligation under the Employment Standards Act.  There is no evidence that those on Pregnancy Leave would have applied to and/or been successful to LTOs that were made available during 2014-2015 school year.”

Our local has contacted ETFO provincial and we are not able to press this issue further. It is felt that since all members will have the chance to interview in the fall that those members that were on leave, regardless of the reason, are not being disenfranchised.

All OTs that meet the criteria and apply to the LTO list in the fall shall be granted an opportunity to interview as per the settlement and regulation. According to the above agreement, the board must hold these interviews prior to Nov 30th.

Labour Day Picnic in the Park – Sept 7, 2015

labour-day-picnic-2015The Waterloo Regional Labour Council would like to invite you, your co-workers, family, and friends to join us for our annual Labour Day picnic.

This year’s Labour Day picnic will take place in Waterloo Park on Monday, September 7th, from noon to 4pm. The event is a relaxing atmosphere for families featuring a barbeque, cash bar, children’s rides (donated by Together in Education, Teachers of Waterloo Region), live music, and information tables on current issues. As always, our picnic is a fundraiser for services that help our community: all profits from the event will be donated on a 50-50 basis to the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries.

The theme of this year’s Labour Day picnic is “Labour Feeds the Community.” As such, everything at this year’s picnic (except the cash bar) will be free. We will serve free hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as corn-on-the-cob and vegetarian samosas.

RSVP for the event the website. Please help spread the word about this event! Click on the poster for a full-size, printable version which you can put on bulletin boards at work. Or share the Facebook event or reTweet

I hope to see you, your family, and your friends on Labour Day!

Welcome Back Breakfast – Sat., Sept. 12, 2015

JOIN US FOR THE WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST

Holiday Inn Kitchener Waterloo Hotel & Conference Centre, Michigan Room

30 Fairway Road South, Kitchener, Ontario N2A 2N2 Canada

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 at 9:30am

Cost: $10.00 per person, payable at the restaurant (CASH ONLY)

 

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

Take time to reconnect with colleagues while enjoying a delightful breakfast in a relaxing atmosphere. We can discuss upcoming negotiations, new LTOs, Daily OT tips, or simply socialize.

Please RSVP to wrotlocal@etfowatots.ca by 3pm on Friday, September 11th so that we may let the restaurant know how many to expect.

 

Sponsored by ETFO-WROTL and your PA/PR Committee

 

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President Hammond Announces Phase 2 Work-to-Rule
President Sam Hammond announced that ETFO members would be intensifying their strike action by moving to a “Phase 2” work-to-rule (WTR) on the first working day of the 2015-16 school year.

During his speech, President Hammond referenced the demands that have been made by the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which include:

  • interfering with the self-directed preparation time teachers and occasional teachers need to plan their lessons and prepare specialized plans for students;
  • having teachers do more testing and less teaching;
  • taking education support staff away from their classroom responsibilities with students to do non-classroom tasks;
  • allowing principals the ‘flexibility’ to pass over experienced, qualified educators for classroom positions.
President Hammond indicated that “things must change at the central bargaining table quickly. Our provincial Executive has determined that we will stay on course and begin a Phase 2 work-to-rule in addition to the current administrative strike action…effective the first working day of the 2015-2016 school year.”

ETFO members can find the following Phase 2 WTR strike action documents on ETFO’s Our Union Our Values Our Profession collective bargaining (CB) website at www.etfocb.ca:

  • Phase 2 WTR strike action protocol;
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Phase 2 Work-to-Rule;
  • Written excerpts from President Hammond’s speech.
Solidarity from Annual Meeting Delegates Regarding Central Bargaining
On Wednesday, August 19 delegates to ETFO’s 2015 Annual Meeting passed a motion of solidarity regarding the current round of central bargaining. The motion is a declaration that the delegation “is in firm support of the position taken by the [ETFO] Executive and bargaining team against the objectionable items put forward by the provincial government and is in firm opposition to any proposed settlement containing the following items:
  1. any language that increases supervision time for teachers;
  2. any language that removes supervision time limits for daily OTs who are called for assignments that are shorter than a full day;
  3. any language that allows for control by principals and school boards over the quantity and timing of diagnostic assessments;
  4. any language that allows for principals to direct how teachers and occasional teachers use their prep time;
  5. any language requiring that ETFO endorse the revocation of Regulation 274 to the Ministry;
  6. the removal of all staffing and hiring language in local collective agreements;
  7. the removal of all entitlements in local collective agreements that are superior to central terms;
  8. language allowing for the work day to go beyond the instructional day (e.g., allowing teachers to be assigned teaching/non-teaching duties before, during and after school by their principal or school board);
  9. changes to sick leave provisions (90% coverage to 85% coverage);
  10. any language allowing principals and vice principals to return to teacher bargaining units and be placed in positions ahead of surplus teachers and occasional teachers and with their seniority intact;
  11. any language allowing for DECEs to be assigned responsibilities outside the FDK classroom at the principal’s discretion.”