Connecting…Occasionally – Feb 24, 2015

nathan-coreHello Members,

Education is making headlines locally, as well as provincially this week. Both issues impact occasional teachers and were discussed at the WRDSB board meeting last night. The new Health and Physical Education curriculum is now available for your review and will be implemented in September.

Schools were closed due to severe weather last Friday in accordance with the board’s cold weather procedure. I expect that we may see some changes in the future.

There are a lot of opportunities in this copy of Connecting…Occasionally, please take the time to read it carefully.


Connecting…Occasionally – Feb. 02. 2015

nathan-coreI wish warmth to everyone on this blistery snow day! Some daily OTs will be disappointed that their assignments have been cancelled. The Board considers the radio announcements and the announcement on their website to be the two hour notification of cancellation of an assignment. On the bright side, those that are working towards LTO status will not have their continuity affected and those already in an LTO will be paid as usual.

ETFO Provincial has been busy negotiating issues with the government and I expect everyone has been receiving updates through their provincial bulletins. Now it is our turn. Your local negotiations team has just recently requested bargaining dates from the board and we should commence following March break. A separate e-mail will be following this newsletter with a collective bargaining update and information regarding the ratification vote for the preliminary submission.

Connecting Occasionally – January 5, 2015

January 5th, 2015


nathan-coreHello Members,


Welcome back! Teaching is such a unique occupation in that it seems to always provide “fresh start” opportunities throughout the year, even more so in Occasional Teaching. Whether this is the start of a new LTO, a new year, or even a new round of daily assignments, I wish each of you a great fresh start in 2015.

I am extremely optimistic for this year. If I can reference the previous newsletter, the OT daily rate will be adjusted this month and this will immediately affect a majority of the membership. I would also point out that local bargaining is able to now move forward since the government and ETFO provincial has agreed on the central terms. We will have our own preliminary submission ratification soon. Also we have some amazing workshops coming out and exciting social opportunities. Keep your eyes peeled.



“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.   -Melody Beattie


Nathan Core
ETFO WROTL President


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2014/2015 Updates

We are currently in the process of updating membership records (removing OTs, updating LTO information, changing address information, etc..)

The September newsletter will be coming in the mail next week. Items and topics will include:

  • President’s Message
  • Collective Bargaining and Health and Safety Update
  • 2014-2015 Lanyard Cut-Out
  • 2014-2015 Daytimer (write down those job numbers!)
  • WRDSB Health and Safety training Information
  • Tim’s Meet and Greet Schedule
  • OT FAQ
  • Municipal Elections
  • Summer ETFO Annual General Meeting

As always, do not hesitate to give us a call or a ring!

-Nathan Core, President