Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Important Upcoming Events in May

On May 8, 2012,  the Local is holding a meeting to present and discuss our preliminary submission for the next round of contract negotiations.  This is a very important period and now is the time to get informed, have any questions answered, and provide a say in your future.  We invite all members to attend!! This is where you can vote on what we take to the table.  This meeting centered around our next Collective Agreement 2012 will take place on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at the BMO Centre, 295 Rectory Street in London, from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  Dinner will be provided.  Please RSVP to or 519-641-3936.

On May 24th, 2012, we will be holding our Spring General Meeting and Banquet at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Road South, in London from 4:30 PM - 7:30PM.  Local Elections for 2012 - 2013 Local Executive positions will take place along with a recap of the year's successes.  Dinner Buffet at 5:00PM.  RSVP required for meal at This is always a popular event with a chance for camaraderie and a say in how the priorities of the Local.  Avoid disappointment and reserve your spot today.  Win one of our many door prizes.

As a side note, we have received numerous calls regarding accessing Online Canvass/ Statement of Intent to Remain on the List:
Log in to the Employee Portal > HRS Applications (on left hand blue border) > Occasional /Temp Canvass.
Leads to 1) Intent to Remain on the List, 2) WHMIS Review video and Quiz, and 3) Offence Declaration.
We advise that you print off copies, ensuring that you "Submit" each step.

 Finally, thanks on behalf of the Local to Nancy Springer, Carrie Heiter, Donna Leonard, Janice Monk, David Griffith and Terry Card for giving up their Saturday afternoon on April 21st to protest government cuts to the public sector by participating in the rally at Queen's Park in Toronto.  Together we are stronger!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day of Action, April 20, 2012 Paid PD Day

Ontarioans from all sectors will come together this Saturday at Queen's Park in Toronto to protest the cuts to jobs and salaries in the public sector proposed by the Liberal McGuinty government.  Your Local and the ETFO Teacher Local will be join our ETFO colleagues and thousands of other workers, retirees and students to reiterate that "You Can't Cut Your Way to Economic Prosperity".  Help shape the province you wish to live in and consider joining us on our bus trip to the hill.  Contact the Local for further information.

Our Paid PD Event at Althouse College is just a few days away. To those of you who have registered and will be attending, get ready for a rewarding and informative day. 

As discussed, there is NO PARKING available at Althouse College due to construction.  Shuttle buses will be available from the Huron Flats parking lot which is located at the TD Waterhouse Stadium, from 8:00AM to 8:30AM and again from 3:30PM to 4:00PM.  There is no transportation during the lunch hour.
The cafeteria at Althouse will be open during the lunch hour.  A variety of sandwiches and pizza, fruit, cookies and drinks will be available for you to purchase.  Only cash and debit will be accepted.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday- enjoy the event!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Countdown for April 20th Paid P/A Day at Althouse College

Registration for sessions on April 20th at Althouse will close on Friday April 13th.  Note that participation in this day counts for all purposes as a day of work.
At this time, there remain a few spaces in the following sessions:

1)  More than a Play with author Bob Barton  - A complimentary copy of More Than a Play will be provided for each participant;
2)  POOF PIZZAZ! with Ross Haley - presenter with the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario/STAO;
3)  Understanding and Caring for Your Teaching Voice with Lori Holmes, a professional Speech pathologist who works with Stratford Festival; and
4)  Tried and True: What works for You with Connie Zoet who presents Classroom Management workshops throughout North America.

We have received numerous requests for these workshops and they have always proven to be beneficial professionally for you our members.  Each of our presenters brings with them experience, professionalism and wit.  We hope you will avoid disappointment by registering before the end of the week.

Our Director Bill Tucker will be coming to speak to you in the morning during the Plenary session, along with Karen Greenham from the Ministry of Education and Dr. Peter Jaffe, TVDSB Trustee.

To those of you have already registered, get ready for a rewarding and informative day. 
The cafeteria will be open at lunch.  We have arranged for a boxed-lunch to be available to you for purchase.  You will have a selection of sandwiches (meat or vegetarian) to select from, a drink and dessert.  The cost will be about $5.00.  The cafeteria will be able to accept debit and cash.

There is NO PARKING available at Althouse due to construction.  Shuttle buses will be available  from the Huron Flats parking lot from 8:00 to 8:30 AM and again from 3:30 to 4:00PM.  There is no transportation at the lunch hour.
Please check the location of your sessions, as there have been some changes to the room assignments.
If you are registered for the Yoga session, please bring a mat.
If you are registered for any of the Division Specific  Literacy and Numeracy sessions or any of the sessions involving Technology, please bring a jump drive to save your work.

Looking forward to seeing you at Althouse!

On another note, be aware that Provincial ETFO is undertaking a poll of our members and the public to gain information about the Ontario budget and the education system.  We encourage you to participate should you be contacted.


Friday, April 6, 2012

To Remain on the List

It's that time of year when there are several criteria to complete to ensure one remains on the list.  They are:
  • Pay College of Teachers' fee by April 15th.  Those in a LTO assignment on January first will have their fees automatically deducted by payroll.
  • Complete online Statement of Intent to Remain on the List/Canvass by April 30th > Employee Portal>HRS Applications.
  • Complete Annual Offence Declaration on Employee Portal.
  • Complete WHMIS Review
  • Complete mandatory online training by June 29th.*
  • Notify TVDSB of any changes to name, address and telephone number.
*Please note that our designated on-line modules won't be posted until the end of April.
We have received a number of queries advising that modules are available- those modules are available throughout the year for other staff members.

Remember to register for our upcoming Annual General Meeting and Elections banquet taking place at the Bestwestern Lamplighter Inn on Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. required for meal at / 519-641-3936.   Nominations for positions are due before May 4, 2012. 

Mail to:  Local Elections Officer
              ETFO Thames Valley Occasional Teachers' Local,
              521 Nottinghill Rd., Suite 8, London, Ontario  N6K 4L4
Or fax to: (519) 641-6838

Once nominations close, check for the slate of candidates.
Members may not run from the floor unless no nomination for that position has been received.

Registration is still open for the Althouse Paid PD Day for Occasional Teachers - on April 20, 2012.  Employee Portal > Conference/Session Registrations.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.


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