Monthly Archives: November 2016

Visions Program 2017

visionThe Visions Program 2017 is a leadership program for women in their first five years of ETFO membership.  This ETFO Provincial program highlights union renewal and will focus on building participants’ knowledge of ETFO, the broader labour movement, and opportunities for activism.  Participants meet three times from January to March.

Session #1: January 18 – 19, 2017

Session #2: February 22 – 24, 2017

Session #3: March 22 – 23, 2017

For more information click:

To register click here.  Deadline for registration is Monday December 5, 2016.


Hosted by the Status of Women Committee

All donatioclothingns are going to the Sanguen Community Health Van.  For more information about this charity click here.

Have any gently worn adult size clothing you are no longer in need of? The Status of Women Committee will be hosting our first Clothing Drive!

Donations can be dropped off at the WROTL Office November 29 – December 2 between 9:00am and 4:00pm or brought along with you the evening of the event.

Browse clothing donations for an opportunity to add pieces to your wardrobe.  Pieces of gently worn clothing/accessories can be purchased for $2.00 each!

Snacks and Door Prizes will be available!

Date: Thursday December 8, 2016

Time: Clothing/accessories can be dropped off anytime after 3:30pm (Clothing sales to start at 4:45pm)

WROTL Office (130 Highland Road East, Kitchener)


violenceWhat is considered a violent incident?

The exercise, or attempt to exercise physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker (teacher).  A statement or behaviour that can be reasonably interpreted as a threat to exercise physical force against a worker (teacher).

What does this legal sounding wording mean??  If any person on school property (student, co-worker, visitor, etc) commits an act or tries to commit an act of violence against an employee, including bullying behaviour, it is considered a violent incident.

Who needs to complete a report?

Under Bill 157, employees of school boards are required to report to the principal, as soon as is reasonably possible but no later than the end of the day, and to fill out an Incident/Accident Report Form.

If the incident has resulted in an injury to yourself, you will also be required to complete a WSIB

Form 6.

For more information about Staff Reporting responsibilities click here.

For more information about Bill 157 click here.

Where do I find the report?  What do I do with the report?

Click here to access the form.  Even if an administrator is advising against filing an Incident/Accident Report form, you are required under the Education Act (Bill 157) to complete and return the form.

Once the form has been filled out, copy the form and keep a copy for yourself, send one to the Health and Safety Rep (send through the board courier to the OT Office, attention: Marsha Cober, or email a scanned copy to and give a copy to the administrator at the school where the incident occurred.

Please do not hesitate to call the local office (519-571-0222) if you have any questions about Incident/Accident Reporting Forms or violent incidents.


 ...and still we rise ConferenceMark your calendars for ETFO’s annual …and still we rise conference. This women’s leadership conference will take place from Wednesday, February 22 (evening) to Friday, February 24, 2017.

The focus of this conference is women’s leadership in the union. There will be workshops on the following topics: collective bargaining; equity and social justice; communications; activism; community building; political action; labour music and health and safety. Over 400 women members will come together at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto for sisterhood and solidarity. Join us!

For more information or to register, visit


Hosted by the Status of Women Committee

Have any gently worn adult size clothing you are no longer in need of? The Status of Women Committee will be hosting our first Clothing Drive! Bring any clothing donations along to the event. Browse clothing donations for an opportunity to add pieces to your wardrobe. All money raised from the sale will be given to a local charity.

Watch for more details to come!


Members were emailed a link to ETFO’s Collective Bargaining Survey (for Central Issues) on Monday November 7, 2016.  The deadline for completing the survey is November 17, 2016.  Have your voice heard in the upcoming round of bargaining!  Please be advised that the survey was sent out from Stratcom and may have ended up in your junk folder.  If you did not receive your email on November 7 and would like to participate in the survey, click here to request a survey link.


The Membership Development Fund (MDF) provides ETFO WROTL members with funding to support Professional Development:

Up to a maximum of $160 per member per year for an activity (such as an Additional Qualification (AQ) course or workshop).

A book subsidy of $50 per member per year is also available.

All OT’s with at least one year of membership are eligible.  Applications are reviewed monthly between September and June.  Please take this into consideration when applying.

For more information visit, click on the Membership Funding link at the top of the page.