Monthly Archives: October 2015

OSSTF Support Staff Work-to-Rule

osstf support servicesI enclose a communication from OSSTF advising of their work to rule sanctions for their clerical and non teacher educators. We are asking members to respect CUPE and OSSTF work to rule sanctions to the extent that is possible, by not voluntarily doing their struck work.  However if a member is ordered to do any of this work they must follow direct orders, but should do so under protest.

Below is the attached PDF. A few of the key points that might affect OTs and LTOs are that Support Staff members will NOT:

  • complete work that should be done by a teacher or administrator
  • take any responsibility for administration or distribution of keys (We will recieve keys from the Principals)
  • call students to the office
  • supervise students sent to the office for discipline

Please check below so that you are familiar with the work to rule of OSSTF Support Staff

WROTL Fall General Meeting – Oct. 27 @ Conestoga Place

We will be honouring members who have served as Occasional Teachers for the WRDSB for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years.  We will also consider and vote on the final budget for 2015-2016, receive Executive/Committee Reports as well as provide a bargaining update.

A ligdiversity-tree-hands_23-2147505142_editedht dinner and beverages will be provided.

  • Date:  Tuesday, October 27, 2015
  • Time:  Registration and Refreshments at 4:00 p.m.  Meeting to begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • PlaceConestoga Place – 110 Manitou Drive, Kitchener.  Between Bleams Rd. and Wabanaki Dr.

Dependent care subsidy forms will be available.

We would appreciate a response if you can come, so we can plan for refreshments, but please feel free to come at the last minute if your plans change and you can attend.

RSVP HERE
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fall-general-meeting-2015-tickets-18864752984

Tim Hortons Meet & Greet – Oct. 13 @ Frederick & Lancaster

tim-hortons-cupIn the newsletter that you will be receiving with your daytimer, etc. this week, it indicates that there will be a Tim Horton’s meet and greet on Wed. October 14.  I have to be in Toronto for a meeting on that day.  The Tim’s event will be changed to October 13, from 3:45ish until 5:00ish at Frederick and Lancaster in Kitchener.

All members are welcome to come for a beverage and conversation!

 

Judy Cutts
Chief Negotiator – Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers’ Local

ETFO in the media…

Sam Hammond’s bargaining update. The government has returned to the bargaining table and the provincial body will provide updates as they become available.

Opinion Piece

After all the ridiculous invective against teachers and the ill-informed editorials on the dispute between ETFO and the province and school boards, the Toronto Star has weighed in with a commentary that is both cogent and truthful.

 

 

 

Follow this link to read the commentary in the Toronto Star.

“I vote far-left. I am frequently angered by corporate greed and think education ought to be free and teachers paid well.” –Eleanor Catton

 

Federal Election – Monday, October 19, 2015

The federal election is right around the corner and it’s important that all members cast their vote on October 19th. Make sure that you are ready to vote and you can check your registration here http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx.

 

At our ETFO Annual Meeting, the delegates passed a motion that ETFO endorse the NDP in the election. In spirit of this motion, I have attached the names and ridings of the NDP candidates and encourage you to learn more about them, possibly working on their campaign.

 

Why is ETFO Getting Involved?

 

The federal government has jurisdiction over issues of direct concern to ETFO members, their students, and ETFO as a provincial public sector union. Federal tax and fiscal policies determine Canada’s capacity to transfer funds to the provinces and territories to support social programs. These policies are integral to Canada’s ability to address the growing income gap among Canadians and the declining middle class.

 

Federal policies determine the extent to which Canada can address issues like poverty, unemployment, gender
equality, the status of our Indigenous peoples, support for immigrants and refugees, and democratic rights.

The federal government also plays a role in the bargaining process for public and private sector employees under
federal jurisdiction, a role that has an impact on contract negotiations across the country. Recently, Parliament passed a Conservative private member’s bill that singles out unions for reporting on their expenditures even though unions are accountable to their members not the public.

 

What Should ETFO Members Do?

 

  • Ensure you’re on the Voters List – check http://www.elections.ca
  • Check with your local about volunteering to work on a candidate’s campaign.
  • Donate to a candidate of your choice.
  • Take a candidate’s sign.
  • Check the issue backgrounders and fact sheets on ETFO
  • website: http://www.etfo.ca
  • Attend all-candidate meetings and ask questions.
  • Vote in advance poll – October 9, 10, 11 and 12.)
  • If you miss the advance polls, vote on Election Day – October 19.
Waterloo Diane Freeman
Kitchener Center Susan Cadell
Kitchener-Conestoga James Villeneuve
Kitchener South – Hespeler Bruce Lorne
Cambridge Bobbi Stewart

 


 

 

“Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.” – Simon Sinek

Website Updates

The local’s website has seen a few minor updates and will continue to have more contact added during the coming months. One major change is updating the process to check paystubs/salary. The board has recently changed from the ec-imenu site to a “self-service portal.” Apparently it is only working on select browsers at this point.

We will soon be releasing a section on the board’s current hiring practices. This information is found in the education act as regulation 274, but it is a little different for the WRDSB during the spring when they utilize central hiring practices.

Be sure to visit www.etfowrotl.com to see other information such as:

  • Membership PD Funding
  • Current Collective Agreement
  • List of Pay days
  • Paternity Leave
  • Group Insurance Discounts

Central Bargaining: Live Q and A

This past Thursday, September 24th, over 100 local ETFO stewards, and your OT Executive, will met to discuss the current state of collective bargaining. After the meeting, stewards will shared information with their schools’ contract and LTO teachers.

Daily OTs (and LTOs who might have missed this information) are welcome to attend an informal Q&A session, this afternoon, Monday September 28th from 4:30-6:30pm at the Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers’ Local office. 130 Highland Road East (parking on the street or across the corner)

 

Please click here to register: http://cbinformation.eventbrite.ca 

(Drop-ins are also welcome if you find yourself available at the last minute)

 

Snacks and refreshments will be served, and a childcare subsidy is available upon request. It’s also a great chance to pick up your free solidarity T-shirt.