Category Archives: WRDSB
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
I 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.
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.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the local office is you have any questions or concerns regarding anything in the newsletter.
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: http://carousel2016.eventbrite.ca
Registration closes April 17 at midnight.
Questions about this event? Please contact our office at 519-571-0222 or email@example.com.
March 23, 2016
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.
I 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
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 15andfairness.org and see how you can get involved. Let’s make a difference!
ETFO WROTL President