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.

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.


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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

All member Strike Vote; Red for Ed on Thursday; TVOT pocket calendars delayed; Protest at MPP Yureks' Office

Strike votes to be taken for Local and Central Bargaining

All TVOT Members are urged to come to Budweiser Gardens tomorrow after school to listen to the presentation from ETFO Provincial President Sam Hammond.
We need a strong strike mandate to assist your Local and Central bargaining teams during one of the most challenging rounds of bargaining ever faced by this organization. 
TVOT members have resoundingly accepted what will be discussed at our Local Table.  Thursday you will hear about ETFO Provincial and the Central Table.  
Give us your support so that we can bargain seriously on your behalf.
- Registration opens at 4 PM 
- Meeting begins at 5:30 with Central voting to take place at 6:30 PM
- Enter at Gates 1, 2 or 5 
Light refreshments will be provided - We hope to see you there!
Please bring photo ID

Wear Red for Ed this Thursday, Oct 24th
since Friday is a PD Day.
Stand proudly for public education funding.


Annual TVOT Pocket Calendars
As many of you are aware, our annual pocket calendar and Fall Newsletter have been delayed.
For twenty years, the TVOT Local has had wonderful working relationship with the same printers, but they have retired and we are on to a new firm.
We thank members for  your patience and hopefully these will be in the mail in short order.

Monday, Oct. 28/19

Join OSSTF, CUPE, ETFO Permanent and ETFO Occasional Teachers at a Rally to protest the Ford Government cuts to Education.
Cuts Hurt Kids!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Strike Vote Meeting! Red T-Shirts are here; Vote Results; ETFO ID Cards

It is very important that members attend the
ALL MEMBER MEETING at Budweiser Gardens, 99 Dundas Street in London,  next week, Thursday October 24th. 
ETFO Provincial President Sam Hammond will speak to the permanent Teachers and Occasional Teachers in attendance and strike votes will be held that evening for both Central Bargaining and Local Bargaining.
This is a very important meeting to attend this year and for you to be aware and have a say in your professional future.
Please see the joint memo below from both ETFO locals for information related to bus transportation.
Contact us at 519-641-3936 for further details.


Vote Results - 
More than 100 members were in attendance at the BMO Centre yesterday afternoon for the presentation and vote on the Preliminary Submission proposal by your Local. With the exception of one spoiled ballot and 1 vote against, members in attendance offered resounding support of the proposals we will take to the local bargaining table on your behalf.
The Local will be calling on those in attendance at Budweiser Gardens next Thursday to further strengthen our position at the bargaining table at that time with their strike vote.


They have arrived -
Red for Ed T-shirts are now available with more than a hundred already gone.
Order yours at www.etfotvot,com then arrange for pick up at:
TVOT Office
521 Nottinghill Road, Suite 8
London ON
Please call the office before to ensure someone is here to receive you 519-641-3936


From the first day you work as an elementary Occasional Teacher with TVDSB, you become an ETFO member.  If you have not received your ID card and number, contact Member Records at ETFO Provincial 1-888-838-3836 and they will send you your "apple card" which also entitles you to numerous discounts through the Edvantage program

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Strike vote bus registration; Important Local Meeting; Red for Ed T shirts;


NB. Details of Local Bargaining submission will not be presented at the Budweiser meeting but at the        October 15th meeting at the             BMO Centre at 4:30 pm.
Registration for this important dinner meeting is at
Red For Ed T-shirt Orders

 Orders are now being taken at for your 
Friday "Red for Ed" T-shirts. 
Get yours - order soon!

ETFO Thames Valley Occasional Teachers 
offer sincere congratulations to our colleagues in education 
at CUPE Ontario who held in until a settlement was reached. 
Fair Bargaining works! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Save the Date - Strike Vote Information; CUPE

Important dates: ETFO Thames Valley Occasional Teachers 

- October 15/19: BMO Centre at 4:30 PM - Vote on the issues the Union will bring to the Local bargaining table. This will be the only presentation of your preliminary bargaining submission and those present will decide. A light meal will be provided with registration for members at
- October 24/19: Budweiser Gardens at 5:30 PM -  Strike vote for both Central Table and Local Table items (there will not be another presentation of Local items at this meeting). Bus registration for this meeting will soon be set up by the permanent Teachers' Local at
Please contact the OT Office at 519-641-3936 or for further details.

Don't React to Rumours    

At the time of this writing, CUPE educational workers have given notice that they will withdraw services effective Monday, October 7/19.  Until then, ETFO Occasional Teachers will continue to cover permanent Teacher absences but refrain from taking on the struck work of our fellow CUPE colleagues. In Thames Valley, this includes, School Secretaries, Educational Assistants, Early Childhood Educators, Custodians and assorted school support personnel.  TVDSB is still considering their options for next week but as of 1 PM today, there has been no notice that schools will close.

To keep informed, we remind TVOT members to activate their accounts at as soon as possible!