Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Great Fall General Meeting; Don't be in the Dark - Register;

Fall General Meeting 2019
Thank you to all the members who joined us for a beautiful festive meal at the Lamplighter Inn.
What a pleasure for our Executive to meet and speak with so many of our members and a special thanks to everyone who brought donations for Merrymount Family and Children's Crisis Centre. We had three heaping tables this year. These donations mean the world to those using the facilities - many of whom are the children we teach every day.








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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Great Fall General Meeting; OSSTF on the picket line; Thursday is Red for Ed; Fee increase


Festive Fall General Meeting
What a pleasure it was to meet so many new members at tonight's Fall General Meeting.
Thank you to the Lamplighter Inn for a lovely festive dinner and our sincere appreciation to the many TVOT members who heaped 3 tables with generous donations to Merrymount Family and Children's Crisis Centre. We look forward to delivering these items tomorrow, where they will benefit the children our members teach throughout Thames Valley.





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OSSTF Takes to the Streets
Your Local and several of our TVOT Executive were pleased to join our OSSTF colleagues on the picket line this morning as secondary Teachers fully withdrew their services for a one day strike.
OSSTF District 11 President, John Bernans welcomed ETFO Thames Valley Teacher Local President, Craig Smith and TVOT President Terry Card at Saunders Secondary School this morning where we joined OSSTF Staff in protest.
TVOT members are reminded that we too are in strike position.  ETFO Provincial's Work to Rule Phase 1 strike protocol is mandatory so please call the office if you have any questions.
CUPE's recent negotiations with this government proved the effect of consistent pressure and community support.  As experts on the front line of education, it is up to us to spread word about the impact of cuts to education.
And there is no shame in asking that our wages keep pace with the cost of living - we cannot keep falling behind.
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Red for Ed is now Thursday!
To avoid conflicting with those who wear red in support of our armed forces, the Teachers and Occasional Teachers of Thames Valley have decided to move wearing Red for Ed, to Thursdays.
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Warning from Ontario Teachers' Federation/OTF
The regulatory body for Teachers, OCT/Ontario College of Teachers is budgeting for a $20 increase in our annual fees, effective in January. 
College expenses are expected to increase by 4% so this 13% increase is unnecessary, especially as this will add another $1 million to their substantial $7 million reserve.
Ontario Teachers protested OCT's last proposed fee increase so members are urged to voice their concerns via Twitter and social media once again.
Let you Teacher colleagues know - together we are stronger!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Fall General Meeting and Banquet Next Week; Upcoming ETFO Conference for Women; The Kindergarten Team


Thank you to our TVOT members who are doing their part to ensure the success of ETFO's Work to Rule campaign.
If you are unsure, check ETFO's website of Frequently Asked Questions at ETFO FAQs or call our Local office at 519-641-3936.
You can also send your Work to Rule Questions to TVOTstrike2019@gmail.com

We ask you to continue to wear Red for Ed on Fridays and make sure you are registered on our Local TVOT website www.etfotvot.com  to keep abreast of developing news.
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Registration is open for TVOT's festive Fall General Meeting and Banquet and spots are filling up.  This is a perfect opportunity to meet members and stay on top of all that is going on these days as it pertains to Occasional Teachers in a relaxed and festive environment.  A delicious meal is going to be served - with both meat and vegetarian options.  Please advise the ETFOTVOT Office if you require a special meal - Chef at the Lamplighter is always very accommodating.
Go to www.etfotvot.com to register your spot December 4th at the Lamplighter Inn in London.

Donations for Merrymount Children's Centre will be accepted at the meeting. They have asked for new items of children's clothing, new books and toys, movie passes etc.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Strike Action; Fall General Meeting and Banquet, Red for Ed T-Shirts, Columbia Sportswear Employee Store


Mandatory ETFO Legal Strike Action: Work to Rule, Phase 1
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
All TVOT members need to be aware that as of Tuesday the 26th, we are in a legal strike position.
Provincial ETFO has instructed all members that we will begin job action with Work to Rule.
On that first day, all members will meet outside and enter the worksite together. (OTs who come early, will make sure to go outside and re-enter with their peers.
Further strike protocol information is available at www.etfotvot.com so ensure you are registered to receive updates and continue to Wear Red for Ed on Fridays.
To ensure the effectiveness of Phase 1, TVOT members will abide by their Collective Agreement and reply, "Given that we are in Work to Rule, my Union has directed me not to:
- take additional supervision duties
- give up scheduled prep periods
- switch an assignment from what that the OT has accepted."
Remember, our intent is to avoid a full withdrawal of services, so full compliance at this stage is mandatory in hopes of pressuring the government to bargain in earnest.
Please direct any questions regarding ETFO's Work to Rule/Strike to TVOTstrike2019@gmail.com
Now is not the time to take direction from social media!
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Fall Banquet and Meeting
Don't miss out- Registration is open for our Fall General Meeting and Banquet on December 4, 2019 from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Road South in London.  Once again, we will meet in the Crystal North Ballroom to enjoy a festive feast (free for members) with colleagues and friends.

Again this year, don't forget to bring your donations for the Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, an organization serving children and their families across Thames Valley.
To see items needed by Merrymount go to - Merrymounts Wish List
These items are always greatly appreciated.
Registration for the Fall General Meeting is at www.etfotvot.com
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Last Chance - Red for Ed T-shirts
If you have pre-ordered your free Red for Ed T-shirts, please make a point of picking them up at the ETFOTVOT Office, Suite 8 - 521 Nottinghill Rd. in London.
We ask that you call before driving over to ensure someone is at the office: 519-641-3936.  If you are unable to pick up your t-shirt, we are happy to bring it to the Fall General Meeting on December 4th.  Also, if you are asking someone else to pick your shirt up for you- just provide us with their name and again, ask them to call beforehand.
Any unclaimed T-shirts will be distributed to those attending our Fall General Meeting as it is important that we wear them on Fridays.
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Just in time for Christmas Shopping
We have received a Bonus Pass Invitation for TVOT members to shop at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store at 1425 Max Brose Drive in London from November 29 - Dec. 8, 2019.  Those members registered on our website can find their invitation on the ETFOTVOT website:  www.etfotvot.com under Member Services.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fall General Meeting and Donations to Merrymount Children's Centre; Bargaining and the OT


Registration for our Annual Fall General Meeting and Banquet 
will be open in the next day or so. Please plan to attend this Annual Meeting where you will have a chance to mingle with colleagues and enjoy a fabulous free holiday dinner with door prizes.
This year's Fall General Meeting is taking place on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019, 4:30 -7:30 pm in the Crystal North Ballroom of the Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Road South in London.


Again this year, we will welcome donations of children's items for Merrymount Children's Centre. Our membership has always opened their hearts in support of this very worthy cause- please consider bringing a donation. Their wish list includes:
new items for children up to 13 years of age, especially pajamas, socks, sweatshirts, new books, art and craft supplies, movie passes, toys for birthdays, toothbrushes etc.

Registration will open shortly at www.etfotvot.com
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                                     Bargaining and TVOT Members     

TVOT members are reminded that the ETFO Provincial filing of a No Board Report affects all Teachers/OTs/LTOs in the elementary panel.
It is expected that in the next few weeks, Teacher Stewards may  call meetings at their schools to distribute information in a timely fashion. Both daily and LTO Occasional Teachers will be expected to attend these meetings if they are in a school that day.
TVOT members can also keep abreast of matters by registering at www.etfotvot.com .
Your OT Local can only send out emergent news to those members whom we can reach, so be in the know - Do not react to rumours!
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ETFO Provincial Conferences are open to all ETFO members including Occasional Teachers.  Though these are usually hosted in Toronto, aside from a nominal registration fee, in most cases your transportation, meals, shared accommodations, material costs and release time payment (i.e. you are paid as if you taught that day), are covered.  We urge members to take a minute to peruse what is being offered from our Provincial ETFO office.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Exciting Paid TVOT PD on November 15th! Rally in Strathroy; ETFO Central negotiations; TVARRIS pointer




Earn while you Learn  

Your Thames Valley Occasional Teachers' Local/TVOT is hosting paid professional learning workshops for daily Occasional Teachers and Long-Term Occasional Teachers in assignments less than .5 .
These half-day sessions count towards your 2 days of paid professional development so take this opportunity to "Earn while you learn" on a day you could not normally work.
Registration is via the Board's Employee Portal (see Conference/Session Registrations).
The same workshops will be offered in the morning as in the afternoon so you may participate in two different workshops for a full day of professional learning and a full day's pay.
TVOT hosted workshops:
    1)  Classroom Management for Daily Occasional Teachers
    2)  Making a Difference - Supporting Positive Behaviours 
    3)  Supporting English Language Learners 

Date:  November 15, 2019 (Board PA day)
Where:  BMO Centre, 295 Rectory St,. London (free parking on site)
When: Morning sessions are 9 am to 11:30 am; afternoon sessions are 1 pm to 3:30 pm.

Please arrive on time as one would on a regular workday.
Note: Lunch is not provided.
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Rally for Education

Add your voice to those who want to protect a strong public education system.
See you there!










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ETFO Files a No Board Report for Central Negotiations - 



Central Bargaining affects permanent and Occasional Teachers alike so be sure to register on our Local website www.etfotvot.com to keep abreast as matters progress.
For more information on the different stages of negotiations visit the ETFP Provincial link:
etfocb.ca/bargaining-101/conciliation-faqs/


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Do your part to make TVARRIS efficient -  
In order for the TVDSB replacement system to reach TVOT members who are waiting for calls, the system needs those who are unavailable for even a day or two, to make themselves unavailable on TVARRIS.  Occasional Teachers are allowed to take off as much time as they wish so long as they teach the required 10 days as an elementary Teacher, however, the Board may contact you if your profile states you are available, yet you continue to decline TVARRIS jobs.
Updating your availability takes just a moment. Your peers are counting on you so that assignments do not go unfilled when they are willing to teach!
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Strike Vote, Red for Ed T-shirts and lawn signs, Annual Pocket Calendar Update


Thank you to everyone who joined the large crowd at Budweiser Gardens Thursday, October 24th for our Central and Local Strike Votes.  It was heartening to see the sea of Red for Ed T-shirts and to feel so much  support as ETFO Provincial President Sam Hammond addressed our Teacher and Occasional Teacher members. 
The results of the Central Strike vote are expected to be announced Friday, November 1st. As for the Local strike vote results, your TVOT Local was very pleased to receive a Local Strike Vote of 94%. This will definitely strengthen our position at the local bargaining table.
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Red for Ed T-shirts have been going steadily. We still have some available for pick up at the TVOT Office, 521 Nottinghill Road, Suite #8 in London.  Show your support and wear Red for Ed on Fridays along with your fellow Teacher and OT peers.
Please call the office before stopping by to ensure someone is here: 519-641-3936.

Education Cuts Hurt Kids signs are also available if would like to put one out.  Again,please arrange call the office beforehand.

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Pocket Calendar Update
We have been advised today that our annual Pocket Calendars and Fall Newsletters will be going out in tomorrow's mail.
Needless to say, we are disappointed with the timing and delays experienced in getting this year's mailing out to our members. 
Careful consideration will be given to ensure this will not happen again. We regret any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.