Have you heard?
Provincial ETFO has released the results of the all-member vote on the Central Table Collective Agreements and members voted 97% in favour of what was proposed.
Was it a great agreement? Not really, but there were no strips and frankly, the focus of the province had understandably changed during the course of these negotiations.
TVOT members need to be aware that their Local bargaining team will continue to bargain on their behalf with TVDSB.
N.B. under the terms of the Central Agreement, the 1% salary increase for this school year cannot be paid to members until 30 days after a Local settlement is reached - stay tuned...
Paid PD Opportunities to resume online
Given that there have been changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefits/CERB plan to allow claimants to earn up to $1000 per month, TVDSB is going to resume hosting online opportunities for daily OT and those LTOs in assignments of less than .5 FTE. These count for all purposes as time worked (seniority credit, Teachers' Pension, EI etc.) and TVOT members will have up to 3 half-days available to them for the 2019 - 2020 school year so please check the Employee Portal for these opportunities which will be posted in the Employee Portal early next week.
Mandatory online Training Modules
Please note that all Occasional Teachers, whether in LTO or daily assignments, must complete the mandatory online training modules that will be posted by the Board in the Employee Portal next week. These modules will remain posted for completion by the end of the school year. Completion counts for all purposes as a half-day of teaching and will be paid as a half-day of work on the last day of school. Do not forget to complete your WHIMIS review and Offcnce Declarations as well. These are all necessary for members to remain active on the elementary OT Roster - the onus is on you!
The $50 Book Rebate and the $350 Professional Learning Development Fund
Your Local has not discontinued to offer these programs to eligible TVOT members. All applications for the Book Rebate must be received by May 31st for purchases made within 60 days.
Applications for the PLDF must be sent to the Local in advance of the course to ensure that there is still money in that budget line. It will be no surprise that more members than ever have taken advantage of these opportunities this year so please act quickly. The Local is currently accepting applications from members who wish to take AQ courses over the summer months.
Application Forms are available on our Local Website under Member Services www.etfotvot.com
Schools will remain closed until the end of May
Please continue to direct your questions and concerns to your OT Local at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care and stay well!