Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ICT Conference for Women, ETFO Survey; How members used negotiated funds, LTO Evaluation Process Bulletin

Occasional Teachers are eligible - 
Registration continues for this spring's Information Communication Technology Conference for Women , June 1 and 2, 2018. Registration remains open until Thursday, April 26th at 5:00 p.m.
Conference flyer and details are available on the ETFO  website:


Provincial ETFO Survey - 
In the spring of 2017, ETFO members ratified Extension Agreements for members which included a 0.5% lump sum, paid in the fall of 2017.

As per these agreements, ETFO is now required to conduct a survey of all members on how our members used the negotiated funds. We have created a voluntary, one question survey available to all members. The results provided to the government will not indicate any identifying information. Participation in this survey is voluntary. The survey will be available from April 24, 2018 to April 29, 2018 inclusive and will go out tomorrow in the eNewsletter. The link is included below.

LTO Evaluations -
Provincial ETFO has developed a Professional Relations Services (PRS) bulletin on the evaluation process for LTOs. To review this important information we suggest members follow the link below:

Reminder to register for our upcoming Spring General Meeting to be held at the Lamplighter Inn on May 17th.  Come meet your colleagues, find out what is going on and have a good time - it's on us!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cuts And Chaos

Spring General Meeting Reminder, Description of Positions and Constitutional Amendments, Don't Leave $699.30 Behind - April 27th Opportunity and Cuts and Chaos video

Don't forget to register for our upcoming Spring General Meeting and Banquet taking place on May 17, 2018 at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  As always, we have worked closely with Chef to plan a delicious dinner for our members and guests to enjoy.
Registration is open at

Local Elections for 2018- 2019 along with proposed Local Constitutional Amendments will take place at this meeting.  Descriptions of Positions for elections along with the proposed Constitutional amendments can be found on our website on the Home page at

Do you realize that your six half days of Paid PD (including the half-day reserved for mandatory online training in June) total $699.30 of salary?

Are you aware that you receive 3 days of seniority credit, pension credit, three days of the ten needed to remain on the elementary list and credit for purposes of Employment Insurance?

Do you know that your Thames Valley OT Local has negotiated the most paid PD of any Board in the province?

Registration is still open for workshops being held by the Board on April 27th via the TVDSB Employee Portal:

  • Click on "Conference/Session Registrations"
  • Scroll down to Elementary Occasional Teacher PD (2017-2018)
  • Click on "Register"
  • Review the session descriptions by clicking on the session title, and indicate which sessions you would like by clicking into the small circle to the left.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Submit/Continue"
  • We recommend that you print your timetable for your records.
At the time a paid professional activity is offered, Occasional Teachers on an LTO or permanent contract with an FTE of 0.5 or higher are not eligible for paid PD. Members in assignments of less than .5 FTE are eligible for half of the paid PD opportunities.

Please remember to submit a Reflection Form at the end of each session in order to drive the payment process (forms will be available at each session).

One-half day of the designated PA Days must be set aside for completion of the mandatory training modules that will be posted in April. These modules, the Offence Declaration and your WHMIS review must be completed by June 29, 2018.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

OCT fees due! Information Regarding Local Executive Elections 2018- 2019; Jersey Day April 12th

Annual Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) membership fees are due January 1 each year. The College must receive payment before April 15 to maintain good standing status. TVDSB deducts OCT fees from those in a LTO position on January 1, 2018 (you will see the deduction on your pay stub). All other Occasional Teachers must submit their annual fee directly to OCT by April of each year. This can be done by credit card at   Please note that the penalty for late payment is $130 additional to the $150 annual fee and in the interim, you are not eligible to teach in Ontario.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Spring General Meeting and Elections where members select their Local Executive for the coming year.
Have you considered running for a position? Join your Executive team and find out what is going on - you can make a difference!
Dinner meetings are held once a month after school at our TVOT Office.

Elections will be held May 17, 2018 at the Lamplighter Inn for the following positions:

President - two year term, full-time position; legal spokesperson and representative of Local; Grievance Officer; liaison/member of all committees; signing officer; attends all Provincial Rep. Councils, ETFO Annual Meeting, other ETFO meetings in Toronto (Local Constitution 7.2.1)  Candidates for President must have a minimum of one year of Local Executive experience (Local Constitution 9.1.2)

First Vice-President - assists the President, coordinates preparation of the newsletter, attends committees (Local Constitution 7.2.2)

Second Vice-President - assists the President and First Vice-President and acts as liaison to the P.D. Committee (Local Constitution 7.2.3)  

Secretary - records, prepares and circulates accurate minutes of past and present Executive and General Membership Meetings (Local Constitution 7.2.4)

Treasurer - maintains financial records, pays expenses of the Local as signing officer, drafts budget and reports to Executive and membership (Local Constitution 7.2.5)

Health and Safety Officer - acts as liaison with the Board's Joint Health and Safety Committee, the Local Executive and general membership; conducts annual audits of schools and participates in all applicable training (Local Constitution 7.2.7)

Executive Members at Large (4) - great learning position with duties as determined by the Executive (Local Constitution 7.1.1 - 7.1.3)

Chief Negotiator - negotiates the collective agreement; maintains agreement and reports to membership (Local Constitution 7.2.6)

Collective Bargaining Committee (President, Chief Negotiator and 4-5 others) - collects information from membership and prepares Local preliminary submission (Local Constitution 7.3.4)

ETFO Provincial Annual Meeting Alternates (5) - pool from which delegate vacancies will be filled; Toronto August 13-16, 2018 (costs paid) Local Constitution 10.1 - 10.3

Candidate Forms are posted on the Local website:
The deadline for receipt of Candidate Forms:  5 PM April 27, 2018

Jersey Day is April 12th
Across the nation tomorrow, people will be wearing their sport jerseys to show support for those affected by the tragic Humboldt Bronco team bus accident. If you do not own a jersey, you may want to show your support by wearing green and yellow tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Announcing our Spring General Meeting and Banquet / April 10th PD Event

Join us on May 17th for our Spring General Meeting and Banquet as we begin to wind up the current school year and plan ahead for fall 2018.

This year's Banquet will take place at The Best Western Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Road South, in London, N6C 4R3, Crystal North ballroom from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  We have met with Chef and are delighted to share with you our planned menu for the event.

Dinner will include:
California spring mix salad and Crispy Caesar salad, with Crisp vegetable crudites with her dip,
Olive oil tossed pasta salad and Mediterranean Greek salad with an Assortment of European breads and rolls,
Slow roasted top sirloin of beef au jus, and
Traditional style vegetarian lasagne,
Sweet selection for desert,
Coffee, tea and soft drinks.

Meet your peers and have a say in the business of your Local.

Register at

Wonderful response and registration numbers for our upcoming Professional Development Event on April 10th, from 4:30 - 7:30 PM.  Spots are limited.  Avoid disappointment. Register at