January 9, 2020

ETFO Phase 1 Work-to-Rule began on November 26, 2019

ETFO Phase 2 Work-to-Rule began December 10th, 2019

ETFO Phase 3 Work-to-Rule begins on January 13th, 2020

*if necessary* ETFO Phase 4 Strike Action begins on January 20th, 2020

Summary of ETFO’s Phases found here

Central Bargaining Update
For six months, this government has refused to make a commitment.

The Minister of Education claims only a few bargaining issues are outstanding but that is not true. There isn’t a single substantive area where agreement has been reached.

At this week’s meetings, ETFO was advised in clear and unequivocal terms that the government’s bargaining team:

  • does not have the authority to negotiate any additional funding to deal with classroom violence;
  • does not have the authority to entertain discussions about Kindergarten, Junior or Intermediate class size changes;
  • has not accepted ETFO’s proposal that funding needs to be renewed for special education and specialist teaching positions to support early years special needs, Indigenous students, “at risk” students and English Language Learners;
  • does not have the authority to negotiate professional time for ETFO’s DECE, ESP and PSP members;
  • has not advanced a proposal to renew Professional Development/Learning funds for ETFO’s DECE ESP and PSP members; and
  • does not have the authority to negotiate a cost of living increase to compensation.

In addition, the government’s bargaining team:

  • continues to demand that ETFO teacher and occasional teacher members agree to up to $150 million in reductions to public elementary education spending;
  • continues to demand that ETFO remove any language in local collective agreements that puts limits on elementary class sizes;
  • has not accepted ETFO’s proposal that the current Kindergarten model be maintained; and
  • continues to propose the elimination of fair and transparent hiring practices for occasional teachers.

The Ford government caused massive problems for high school students this year. We will not allow this government to duplicate those mistakes in the elementary system.

Answers to questions members may have can be found on the ETFO Collective Bargaining website www.etfocb.ca in the section.

The media and Minister’s Office can sometimes engage in unfounded speculation around bargaining. So “ Don’t believe it until you hear it directly from ETFO.”

Teacher discount opportunities

Disney on Ice discount code

You will be able to purchase tickets for any seat at any show using the link and code below offering you greater choice and flexibility with the tickets.

The dates for the shows are as follows:

ECT0312A – Thursday March 12th, 2020 @ 10:30am

ECT0312E – Thursday March 12th, 2020 @ 7:00pm

ECT0313 – Friday March 13th, 2020 @ 7:00pm

ECT0314A – Saturday March 14th, 2020 @ 11:00am

ECT0314M – Saturday March 14th, 2020 @ 3:00pm

ECT0314E – Saturday March 14th, 2020 @ 7:00pm

ECT0315A – Sunday March 15th, 2020 @ 11:00am

ECT0315M – Sunday March 15th, 2020 @ 3:00pm (French Performance)

To buy Disney tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.ca/promo/kwtwmo   Enter the promo code NRGRP

March 18th Senators vs Edmonton Oilers

On March 18th at 7:30pm the Sens host the league’s scoring leaders Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers. RCDSB Teachers can get a 200 level seat for the game for only $100! Contact allieryan@gmail.com for details.

Further Teacher discounts can be found at https://www.edvantage.ca/

Payroll delay over holidays

For the pay of January 2, 2020, the pay will be for the period December 6, 2019 to December 12, 2019.  This means that time worked for casual occasional teachers for December 12 – December 20, 2019 will not be paid until January 16, 2020 pay. 

Professional Development & Learning Fund

For the 2019-20 school year, the members at the Fall General Meeting on Oct 23rd have approved a fund to support the costs of workshops, ABQ/AQs and Professional Learning resources. Members can apply this year, for a qualifications course $100 reimbursement by submitting proof of enrollment and receipt of payment to our president.

Additionally, members may purchase an educational resource book and receive a $50 reimbursement once per year. In order to receive this funding, your chosen resource must be pre-approved (sorry no teacher-pay-teacher stuff). Just email the president, with your name, title of resource, and email address.  After approval, and upon submission of a receipt, a cheque will be issued.

Funds are distributed on a “first come, first served” basis until the budgeted amount is depleted. This year a fund of $5000 was approved at the Fall GM. Keep on learnin’