Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The OT Roster and LTO List, Bargaining, Spring General Meeting and Building Better Schools campaignBuilding

The OT Roster and LTO List

The Board will be posting both the updated OT Roster and the updated LTO List on Friday, May first.  Remember that your seniority number is the same on both lists - you are slotted in accordingly on the LTO List if you are eligible then the 5 most senior of those who apply with the proper qualifications, are granted LTO interviews.

Bargaining Update

As the ETFO Bargaining Bulletins have stated, the meeting with OPSBA, the government and conciliator on April 17 was unsuccessful.  Subsequently, ETFO has received a "no board" report from the Minister of Labour for the Teacher and Occasional Teacher central bargaining table.  Teacher Stewards will be holding school meetings for all ETFO members (Teachers, LTOs and daily Occasional Teachers who are in the school that day) on May 8th so be sure to attend for an update since we are all affected by these negotiations.  As of May 10th, ETFO will be in a legal strike position but that does not necessarily mean a full withdrawal of services.  As this unfolds, please do not react to rumours or media reports and contact your Local for further information.

May General Meeting and Elections

Registration is open for our Spring General Meeting and Elections taking place on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM, at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Road, London, N6C 4R3.  Dinner is included for ETFO - TVOT members. A bargaining update will be provided at that meeting.
Please go to to register under Member Services.

Building Better Schools

ETFO has a vision for improved public elementary education in Ontario. Extending the benefits of smaller classes to all elementary grades and providing additional classroom support for students with special needs is particularly important.
Check out and add your voice and watch ETFO's video at

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FAQs for OTs at this Time of Year and Spring General Meeting and Elections

Annual Canvass, WHMIS/Offence Declaration/IT Security, Paid PD, Mandatory training - what does it all mean?

Annual Canvass - this was a statement of intent to remian on the list posted each April however the requirement has been discontinued

WHMIS Review/Offence Declaration/IT Security - these are posted on the Employee Portal to be completed by the end of June.  (best with Internet Explorer as your internet browser).

Paid PD Days and Mandatory online training modules - Most Occasional Teachers lose a day of pay on Teacher PD days, however TVOT members have an opportunity to earn extra pay if they register for 3 half days of personal PD on the Employee Portal > Conference Registrations > Elementary O.T. P.D.  2014-2015. The final half day has been set aside to pay for completion of the Offence Declaration, WHMIS Review, IT Security and the mandatory training modules.  The mandatory training modules will not be posted until the beginning of May.

ETFO AQ Calendar

ETFO AQ courses continue to offer high quality professional learning at a reasonable price.
These are courses, developed by teachers for teachers, are current and practical and provide exemplary learning for teachers.  Check out the ETFO AQ course calendar for 2015-2016 (Website|PDF) is provided to post in the school to inform teachers about course offerings over the next year.  For more information, please contact Nancy Baldree, extension 2247,, at the provincial office.

 CLC's "Better choices. Better economy. Better future."

Our slow economic recovery has left 2.8 million Canadians unemployed or underemployed.  Nearly three quarters of the jobs created in the past six years have been part-time, temporary or in the self-employed sector.  With limited job prospects, household debt is at an all-time high.

At the next federal election we will be able to choose how we overcome these challenges.  We must prepare to support and care for our aging population. Canadians need high-quality, secure jobs instead of short-term, temporary positions. We deserve a government that provides programs that benefit everyone-instead of tax relief programs that benefit a select few.

There is a better choice for you and the economy.  For more information go to and the Canadian Labour Congress' video at

Local Executive Elections May 21, 2015

Consider being a part of the decision making team at your Local. Nomination forms are now posted at for those interested. The deadline for receipt is May first.

Spring General Meeting and Elections

Registration is now open for our Spring General Meeting and Elections taking place on May 21st, 2015 at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn from 4:30PM - 7:30PM.  Dinner is included for all ETFO- TVOT members.  Please register at under 'Member Services' , 'Events'.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

College of Teachers Fees and another PD Opportunity

This is the last day for members to pay their College of Teachers fee.  The financial penalty is very large so go online and pay with a credit card if you have not already taken care of this annual obligation.

Google Drive for Occasional Teachers:  An Introduction
A second PD session of Google Drive for Occasional Teachers: An Introduction has been arranged for you.  This additional session is scheduled for Monday, April 20th, 2015.  All other details remain the same.  Please register at, under Member Services, Local PD Events.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bargaining, Workplace Violence Survey and Designated Paid PD Days

About Central Table Bargaining:

Please do not respond to rumours.  ETFO Provincial President Sam Hammond has an excellent YouTube video informing members how to stay informed about ETFO Central Table Bargaining - April 2, 2015:

TVDSB Workplace Violence Survey:

Participation is optional but the Local encourages TVOT members to participate in and identify OT issues on the TVDSB Workplace Violence Survey which has been held over until Fri. April 10th. More details can be found on First Class.

Designated OT paid PD Days:

Options for your 4 half days of designated paid PD can be found now in the Employee Portal under Conference/Session Registrations > Elementary O.T.  P.D. 2014-2015.  Selections include workshops being hosted by the Board on April 17th, and online sessions which include OTF workshops and SkillSoft offerings.  One half day will be used for the Offence Declaration, WHMIS review and the mandatory training modules (which will not be posted until May first).

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Call for Writers and Presenters and Facilitators for ETFO OT Website

Are you an Occasional Teacher member who has worked in an online environment and who wants to share your knowledge, skills and successes with others?

1)  We are looking for Occasional Teachers to write and facilitate the ETFO Occasional Teacher Website.

The application form is available at
The application deadline is Monday, April 20, 2015 and successful applicants will be notified by May 4, 2015.

For additional information contact Jill Aoki-Barrett (

2)  Sign up for the ETFO Collective Bargaining eNewsletter, receive mobile alerts and ensure you keep up with emergent bargaining issues at