OTs need to attend to vote

Further to the communication received yesterday in Collective Bargaining Bulletin #5, our member information meeting will be held on Monday, October 7th at the Cobden Agricultural Hall starting at 5:30 pm to conduct a Strike Vote on Central Bargaining Issues (dealt with at the provincial level). This meeting is for all four ETFO Locals in Renfrew County (Teachers, Occasional Teachers, Education Support Personnel and Professional Support Professional). A light supper will be provided.  

In our Occasional Teacher Local General Meeting on October 23rd we will discuss only our OT Local Bargaining issues.

OT members are asked to attend both meetings and give RSVPs for both . More information will follow posted on the ETFO staff room bulletin boards in schools next week. 

Fall General Meeting RSVP

The Renfrew Occasional Teachers Local invites all members to our Fall General Meeting on October 23rd being held upstairs at the Cobden Legion. Dinner at 5:00, meeting immediately after.

All members in attendance will be provided with dinner, drinks and dessert (please send any dietary restrictions with RSVP) and may choose a Professional Learning resource as a gift (max value $50).

RSVP deadline is October 18, 4pm for meal, seating and print materials. Email president@renfrewotl.ca

No paid PA Day training for OTs

Local Priorities Funding discontinued by Ministry

In the last round of Collective Bargaining negotiations several targeted education investments were discussed. The Ministry agreed to establish a Local Priorities Fund (LPF) of $218.9 million in 2017-18 to address a range of priorities. A portion of this LPF was designated for Occasional Teacher training. This system investment of approximately $19.5 million in 2017-2018 continued into the 2018-2019 school year. 

This extension agreement has expired and no interim funding has been offered for Occasional Teacher training. ETFO negotiations are ongoing with the Provincial Government to regain paid training opportunities for OTs.

SmartFind System

Call-out times are in evenings from Sunday to Thursday from 5:45pm until 9:45pm, and in the mornings from Monday to Friday starting at 6:15am until the job start time (So the System will attempt to fill 1/2 day PM jobs throughout the morning).

Adjusting the daily times you wish to receive calls is done through adjusting within the dropdown tab Schedule -> General -> New -> The system will NOT call (and then set a day(s) and timeframe). This is only useful for weekly recurring commitments which prevent you from answering a SmartFind call. This can be adjusted or deleted as your commitments change. Otherwise use the Do Not Call function online or through the phone.

Priority school letters will be mailed out this week. Most eligible members received their first choice. If you wish to receive more calls consider adding more schools to your profile by contacting harringtonl@rcdsb.on.ca Some larger schools still have space on their priority lists.

Online Workplace Violent Incident Reporting form

As you are probably aware, you are required to report violent incidents that cause or could cause physical injury, whether the force is actual, attempted or threatened. Despite mitigating circumstances (age, special needs, presence of an IEP) you still must report.

If you are the victim of a violent incident (even if it was an attempt or a threat) you must fill out this report. Classroom evacuations are also considered violent incidents and so should be reported using the new online step by step reporting form instructions accessed to RCDSB.

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