Wednesday, February 22, 2017

LTO List; Tentative Contract Extension

Interviews for the LTO List
Your Local wants to remind elementary OTs who wish to be considered for the LTO List, that the deadline to indicate your interest via the Employee Portal is next Tuesday, February 28th. As of September of last year, this interview process is the only path onto the LTO List, even for members from the OT Roster who are currently teaching in long-term assignments. To be eligible, a member must have been hired no later than February 1, 2016 since Regulation 274 legislates an OT must be employed by the Board for at least 10 months and have taught 20 days.  Interviews are expected to take place late in March. Please do not hesitate to contact the Local at if you have any questions.  This opportunity takes place only once per school year.

Provincial ETFO's Tentative Contract Extension
The regular course of negotiations would have the Local survey members about now to determine from the grass roots, issues pertaining to your working conditions that need to be addressed. By adding these concerns to those that cross the desk of the Local office between rounds of bargaining, (we respond to more than a thousand phone calls from TVOT members per school year and many many more emails), then looking at gains achieved elsewhere, your Collective Bargaining Committee would identify goals for local bargaining and take these to the membership for approval and direction. This proposed contract extension from Provincial ETFO hinders the opportunity to address local issues with a provision requiring the Board's consent for local bargaining to take place. 
Your Local Executive asks you to consider the extension carefully. There are two sides to this proposal - you will be the decision makers when you vote between February 27th and March 3rd. The ETFO CB Facebook group offers some food for thought and a different perspective. Be informed about both sides.
Thames Valley Teachers and Occasional Teachers are invited to an provincially hosted information meeting at the Teacher Local office on Bateman Trail, on Monday, February 27th at 4:30 PM.   Provincial ETFO will then host a telephone conference on March 1st from 7:30 - 8:30 pm.  Ensure your contact information is accurate with the provincial office if you wish to participate and do not hesitate to contact the Local office at 519-641-3936 if you have any questions.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Local Perspective on Tentative Contract Extension; Kindergarten Conference Opportunity and Stoneridge PD: Feb. 21, 2017

ETFO Announces Tentative Contract Extension - A Local Perspective
Between February 27 and March 3, ETFO members will be asked to vote online to accept or reject the terms of a tentative contract extension. This is a departure from the regular course of bargaining in that our Collective Agreements have not yet expired and if accepted, there will be no local bargaining this round. It is the Local that maintains your Collective Agreement, responds to member difficulties and from these interactions, drafts improvements to take to the local table to address your needs. The superior provisions of your Agreement have come from this process. This proposal takes away that opportunity - what Board would dare break ranks with the public school boards association (OPSBA) to entertain local gains?
On Monday evening, your Local Executive met and considered the terms of this proposal. The deal provides a substantial investment in education to be shared among the federations, however after fighting Bill 115 to retain the right to bargain, your Local Executive feels strongly about losing local negotiations.  Rejecting this proposal means bargaining will follow the usual course at the expiration of the current terms. One can never predict the outcome but it seems reasonable to expect that ETFO would be offered no less than the smaller Catholic and Francophone federations, especially as the Ontario election draws nearer.
We encourage members to give this deal the critical thought it deserves before you vote. Review the details as presented in the ETFO CB Newsletter, attend the information meeting slated for February 27 at the ETFO Teachers' Local on Bateman Trail and please do not hesitate to contact the Local with any questions. Please be assured that the outcome of  the tentative contract extension will be democratically decided by the voting membership.
Seeing, Engaging and Empowering the Learner in Kindergarten Conference
This conference is being offered for ETFO members only, to network with colleagues, explore effective practices and pedagogy in Kindergarten and enhance teacher and DECE knowledge about content and exemplary practices. This will be an exciting learning and networking opportunity for members from across the province.

The conference will be held at the Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017. Participation is limited and participants will be selected by a random draw with preference going to first time attendees. Registration for the conferences closes on Wednesday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m.. The registration fee is $50 and covers transportation, shared accommodations, resources and release time. Successful applicants will be notified by email by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

For more information go to

We look forward to hosting over 140 members at next Tuesday's PD Event at the Stoneridge Inn and Conference Centre.  At this time, there are some 12 spots remaining in the workshops.  Avoid disappointment and register at

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 MATH PD Event at the Stoneridge Inn

We look forward to hosting our members on Tuesday, February 21st at the Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre, 6675 Burtwistle Lane, London, N6L 1H5, from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM.
Dinner will be provided to all ETFO-TVOT members at no charge before the workshops begin.
Over 130 members have registered and there are still several spots available for this ever popular Math evening.
Choose one of the following workshops:

1)  Number Talks
2) Additive to Multiplicative Thinking  (waiting room only at this time)
3) Math in Kindergarten

Registration is completed at

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Interest in LTO Interview; Copyright Decision Tool; Raise in Salary

LTO Interview Survey now Available
Occasional Teachers who have taught at least 20 days with TVDSB and been employed for 10 months as an elementary Occasional Teacher i.e., hired before February 1, 2016, may apply to be interviewed for the LTO List.  The survey will remain posted for the month of February in the Employee Portal > Elementary LTO List New. As of September 2016 there are no longer any other routes to the LTO List so even if you have been hired from the OT Roster to fill a long-term assignment, you must apply to this interview process in order to be included on the LTO List.  Please do not hesitate to contact the OT Office if  you require further assistance.

Copyright Decision Tool
Information regarding a new tool that helps educators to decide whether print materials, artistic works or audiovisual materials can be used without getting copyright permission has been shared at ETFO events and with standing committees. This Copyright Decision Tool is a supplement to the Fair Dealing Guidelines created to help educators determine whether their use of a copyright-protected work is fair dealing. This Copyright Decision Tool was developed by the Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and can be found at

Raise in Pay
As a result of the Central Agreement, all ETFO members will receive a .5 % increase in pay on the 98th teaching day of 2016-2017.  That day is February 3, 2017 but given the two week lag between when money is earned and when it is paid, look for the increase to be reflected in your pay of February 17th for time taught between January 22nd and February 4th. That is to say, that pay period will include your first day at the increased rate of pay.

Attack on Quebec Mosque
One of the foundations of public education is that all children feel welcomed and accepted in our schools. This is the work of ETFO Teachers and Occasional Teachers each day in Thames Valley and we condemn this deplorable attack on the Muslim community.