Category Archives: WRDSB

Easy Connect Dedicated Cancellation Line

easy-connect-logoHuman Resource Services has set up a dedicated Board telephone extension for EasyConnect cancellations.

Effective immediately, employee’s cancelling a job for the current day should call the Education Centre:

(519-570-0003) extension 4292.
This extension will be dedicated to cancellations only.

The extension will be monitored daily by Bonnie Krone.  In Bonnie’s absence, the back up will monitor the extension to ensure jobs are cancelled in a timely manner.

For the remainder of June, Bonnie will monitor her extension, along with the new cancellation extension, to ensure no cancellations are missed.

There will be no change to the future dated cancellations process.  Employees should contact the school’s administration to cancel the job.

All other questions can be directed to ApplytoEducation’s customer service or Bonnie Krone at extension 4226.

Spring/Summer Staffing for 2016/2017

contracts-and-ltos-2(All dates are tentative)


June 13th    External Contracts & LTO Postings Open

June 17th    External Contract Posting Closes (4:30pm)

June 20-22 Central Placement Contracts/LTOs

Mid August   Remaining LTOs Posted with interviews


  • The June 13th posting will consist of all contract positions as well as LTOs of significance (exact size to be determined).
  • As requested by the local, the board will provide an updated LTO list that has been cross-referenced by seniority and experience. This will be distributed through our locals’s communications network prior to the posting period.
  • The first posting will consist of all Contract and LTOs of significance, and will be posted to the OTs who are currently on the LTO list.
  • Principals will interview for Specialty Contract & Specialty LTO positions (French Immersion & Congregated Spec Ed). The Contracts and Full Year/Full Time LTOs that are not specialty positions will be centrally placed by Human Resources, based on Seniority of applicants from the LTO list in accordance with Regulation 274
  • Through discussions between the local and HR, OTs will be able to provide preference to the board (more information on this process to come.)
  • Please note that there is a possibility of an OT on the LTO list being successful to an LTO specialty position and, being eligible for a contract they have also applied to. The Board will not stand in the way of someone being successful to a contract position, and therefore if an Occasional Teacher from the LTO list accepts a full year LTO Specialty position and also applies to Contract postings, and based on seniority is successful to a contract position they will allow the Occasional Teacher to abandon the LTO position for the contract. Should this happen, they will re-post the specialty LTO position in a subsequent posting in August .
  • The above process may exhaust the current LTO list. As a result, the remaining contracts and LTOs will be posted to the OT Roster.
  • In the event the first posting does not deplete the LTO list the second postings will be open to both LTO list and OT Roster Occasional Teachers with the understanding that the Occasional Teachers on the LTO list will receive preference to the position in accordance with Regulation 274.
  • Similar to last year it is the expectation that qualified applicants will accept a position for which they have applied to. Once an Occasional Teacher has accepted a Long Term Assignment they may not abandon one Long Term Occasional assignment for another, even if it results in an increase in FTE.

Report Card Advice?

Members will be focused on completing the Term 2 Report Card.


It is important to remember areas where they may exercise their professional judgement during the process.


Provincial will be sending out reminders in the ETFO e-newsletter next week but we wanted to draw your attention to the following documents:

NOTE: this is identical to the document issued on January 11th as the advice is the same. We have only changed the date and Term 1 to Term 2.

Connecting…Occasionally – April 29, 2016

President’s Message

nathan-core---crop-with-backgroundHello Members,

Spring is always a exciting time in the classroom as well for our local. Daily occasional work is on the rise and those members in LTOs start think about end of year reports. I hope that you carefully read through this issue of “Connecting Occasionally,” we have many year end events to look forward to, including our Annual Meeting that will be held May 19th. This issue will also highlight some of the ETFO Provincial initiatives as well as school board activities.

Carousel of Workshops

IMG_2787I am very proud of the local for recently hosting our amazing PD Event “The Carousel of Workshops.” This event took place on Friday, April 22nd. As you can imagine it is quite a feat to host an event with over 450 participants.

Thank you to the local executive, committee members and presenters who made this a success. We appreciate member’s feedback and evaluations, will continue to refine our ETFO PD day for 2017.

Bill 115

ETFO is placing a full-page ad in a number of provincial daily newspapers tomorrow (Saturday, April 30).  The ad celebrates last week’s momentous Court decision on our Bill 115 Charter challenge. We want to acknowledge the support we received from our sister unions, our members, parents and other members of the public in our fight to protect our democratic rights to free collective bargaining.

For more information about our fight against Bill 115 and how it removed our right to a fair bargaining process please click here.

Benefits for Occasional Teachers

In the last round of bargaining, ETFO was able to consolidate the board benefits across the province into one plan. This process, as well as additional funding, has allowed Waterloo Occasional Teachers to be included in a fully funded benefit plan. I am pleased to announce that Waterloo will be part of the first “Wave” and that will see this implemented in the fall of the next school year. More information will be coming out over the coming months.

In order to stay current with the changes I encourage all members to signup with ETFO Provincial’s Newsletter system. Links are provided to Issues 1 and 2 for those members that may have missed them.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the local office is you have any questions or concerns regarding anything in the newsletter.

LTO Postings – Tentative Dates

Econtracts-and-ltos-2xternal contract & LTO postings

  • Opens – June 13
  • Closes – June 17

Central placement contracts & LTOs

  • June 20-22

Remaining LTOs posted

  • Mid August

Please watch for more information as it becomes available and finalized

5th Annual Carousel of Workshops – Friday, April 22, 2016

The PL Committee is PLeased to Present…


The 5th Annual Carousel of Workshops

Grand River Collegiate Institute

175 Indian Road, Kitchener

Parking is available in the student parking lot just off Indian Road

Anyone in an LTO at the time of the Carousel will be required to attend for at least half the day.  The other half of the day may be used for self-directed assessment, evaluation and planning (in your classroom or at school).

  • Choice of which half of the day you attend will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Daily Occasional Teachers are also invited to attend.
  • Lunch will be provided to anyone that is attending for the entire day.
  • Click here for information about the workshops that will be offered.
  • Upon arrival at the school, please proceed to the Cafeteria for Regitration

Schedule of the Day:

  • 8:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:20am: Opening Address
  • 8:30am: Workshop #1
  • 10:00am: Break
  • 10:15am: Workshop #2
  • 11:45am: Lunch/Afternoon Registration
  • 12:15pm: Workshop #3
  • 1:45pm: Break
  • 2:00pm: Workshop #4
  • 3:30pm: Adjournment

To register click:

Registration closes April 17 at midnight.

Questions about this event?  Please contact our office at 519-571-0222 or

Connecting…Occasionally – March 23, 2016

March 23, 2016

Hello Members,

Welcome to the homestretch. With March Break behind us and a short week, due to the Easter Holidays, we are on a fast track through the final months of the school year.

Locally, we are nearing the time when we start to prepare for our Local Annual Meeting.  At the May Annual Meeting we will elect a new executive, replenish our committees, select delegates to the Provincial Annual Meeting, and vote on changes to our constitution. This process is the heart of our democratic structure, I encourage all members to consider opportunities in this local and at the very least attend the meeting. You deserve to have a say in how your fees are spent, the leadership of the local, programs that are run, and the direction of this Federation.

Watch for upcoming timelines and further information.

LTO List

lto-listI am disappointed with the 50% success rate. It’s very frustrating when we have good teachers who are actively working in LTOs, have had positive evaluations, then being told that they “aren’t good enough.” It doesn’t make any sense.

The local is working with ETFO provincial to explore our legal options. We will need to wait until the process is complete as some consideration needs to be given to the feedback that is received.

We are also aware the Board released sensitive information while distributing the successful/unsuccessful mass e-mail. This was retracted by the board, but not until after the damage had been done. The local will be seeking remedies for this breach of privacy.

Fight for $15

FightFor15-logo-Circle-e1454972798114 (1)The “$15 and Fairness” campaign is sweeping across Ontario. As educators, and members of a precarious workforce we are well aware of the need for decent hours, paid sick days, respect at work, and rules that protect everyone. The cornerstone of this campaign is a minimum wage above poverty levels. Take some time to check out and see how you can get involved.  Let’s make a difference!


Nathan Core
ETFO WROTL President