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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e -Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Article 37: Supervision Committee
Discussion should have taken place in schools across the Board on elementary supervision schedules - making supervision equitable and endeavouring to reduce the minutes for January 2006 - and adherence to the 300 minute instructional day. The committee will meet in the near future to review school information regarding these issues.

CUPE
The Board and CUPE met last week. The next step is the appointment of a mediator. The support staff in our schools and other work sites provide a valuable service for all students and staff. We are hopeful that a settlement will be reached with our colleagues in the near future. Further information will be provided to staff reps in the up-coming week.

FSL Survey
The accompanying FAXAGENDA encourages FSL teachers (Core, Immersion, Extended) to take part in an up-coming CTF survey. Staff Representatives will be receiving a letter from the Canadian Teachers’ Federation for the FSL teachers in your school, requesting that they complete a preliminary questionnaire on-line by February 15, 2006. Assurances have been given that no teacher or school will be identified in their findings, and responses will remain anonymous.

AGM 2006
Shortly, each school should be receiving the AGM 2006 RESOLUTIONS AND NOMINATIONS newspaper supplement from Provincial Office. Prior to the Unit General and Staff Representative Meeting on February 28, 2006, please read through this paper. The General Meeting is the opportunity for all Eastern Unit statutory and occasional teachers to receive information and give direction to the 15 voting delegates who will represent our Unit in Toronto during March Break.

Provincial Office Update
Today, February 7, 2006 the secretariat and senior resource staff at Provincial Office began a legal job action – work to rule. These individuals will be available through the work day, but unavailable for evenings and weekends for workshops, conferences, emergency calls, etc. If teachers require emergency assistance, they should contact the Unit Office first (as per regular process). If they are unable to reach the Unit Office, in an emergency, contact the Deputy General Secretary
Carolyn Stevens at 1-800-268-7230 Provincial Office. If she is unavailable, leave a message with your contact information for day and evening.

A workshop on “Electronic Communication” was provided for the OECTA Presidents last week in Toronto. Forms of electronic communication discussed were e-mail, internet bulletin boards, internet usage, chat rooms, telephone text messaging, voice mail, cell phone cameras, and MP3 recordings. Concerns in communicating electronically with parents and students include privacy of communications; misinterpretation of communications (pictures or personal notes/phone calls); doctoring of communications; forwarding of communications. Did you know - our employer owns its e-mail system and legally can monitor usage. Use of technology has made many tasks easier; however we need to use it wisely. A pamphlet on this topic will soon be available from OECTA.

OTF News
Marilies Rettig spoke at Council of Presidents regarding pension negotiations with our pension partner, the government. A shortfall coupled with retiree demographics has created challenges for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, along with pension plans throughout North America. Three issues were put forward as tenets for discussions - no reduction in pension, address the long term interests of members (future costs), and a possible contribution increase next school year. Talks will continue in March 2006.

Survive and Thrive is an online conference for Beginning Teachers at oecta.on.ca. Information and resources can be accessed under two headings: Conference Strands and Subject Matters.

Dates

  • National Flag Day of Canada Wednesday, February 15, 2006
  • Heritage Day Monday, February 20, 2006
  • Unit General & Staff Rep Meeting Tuesday, February 28, 2006 5 p.m.
    St. Michael CHS, Kemptville
    AGM Resolutions/Provincial Candidates
  • Young Authors’ Entries Best Practice Entries Friday, March 3, 2006 School Level
  • AGM Delegates’ Meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2006 5 p.m. Unit Office, Kemptville
  • Young Authors’ Entries Best Practice Entries Friday, March 10, 2006 Unit Level

 
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