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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e -Monday, March 6, 2006

Collective Agreement Update
Supervision Committee - If you have not already done so, please forward your current supervision schedule to the Unit Office at 1-613-258-0842. These schedules are required to review the movement toward reducing supervision time as per Article 37 of the collective agreement. These schedules will also be reviewed for adherence to the 300 minute instructional day in elementary which is referenced in Articles 36.01 c) and 37.01.

Letter of Understanding: In-School Consultation – Found on page 44 of the collective agreement, this Letter states:” While the principal maintains the right and duty to effectively staff the school, the parties agree to the following:

  1. Teachers may submit to the Principal in writing by April 1st, teaching assignment requests and duty preferences for the following school year.
  2. Preliminary teaching assignments and supervision schedules shall be generated after giving consideration to teacher requests.
  3. Teachers shall be given the opportunity to discuss their proposed classroom teaching assignment and supervision schedule, if such meeting is requested.”

Occasional Teachers’ Collective Agreement Update
Appendix C of the OT collective agreement is a Letter of Understanding which required the formation of a joint Board and OECTA committee to develop a school package/template for occasional teachers to access when they arrive to teach in our schools.
The committee collected samples of packages from schools; then met on November 29, 2005 to look at these submissions. In December, a memo was sent to principals and vice principals asking that they review their school OT package. Information that the committee felt might be useful in the school package was included with the memo to administrators.

A school package was to be in place for the beginning of the New Year 2006, as per the memo and Appendix C.

Young Authors/Best Practice Awards
Entries at the Unit level are due on Friday, March 10, 2006. These may be faxed to the Unit Office at 1-613-258-0842; however, the original must also be submitted since winners must be forwarded to Provincial Office in their original form. These may be sent by courier to OECTA Unit Office, c/o Central Board Office, Kemptville.

The selection of the provincial winners of the Young Authors Awards/Prix jeune ecrivains and the Best Practice Awards will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2006 from 9: a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the OECTA Provincial Office in Toronto. Teachers are invited to apply to serve on the Provincial Selection Committee. Certificates of participation and a $200 honorarium will be given to the judges. There will be a one-hour workshop on holistic and analytic scoring and on the judging criteria and procedures. Lunch will be provided. Teachers must provide their own transportation. See the attached application form.

Hands Off! Campaign
As a federation, OECTA is committed to social justice and reaching out to tackle issues that affect the poor and innocent in society. One issue that requires addressing and action on the part of teachers is the following.
In 1997, The National Child Benefit Supplement was introduced to prevent and reduce child poverty in Canada. It is part of the Canada Child Tax Benefit and gives the lowest income families up to $126 a month for each child under 18. In Ontario, the province “claws back” the benefit by reducing their social assistance benefits by almost 100% of the NCBS payment. The money that is saved by the claw back is used to fund “reinvestment programs”, for low-income families, but not necessarily for families on social assistance.

The Hands off! Campaign asks the Provincial and Federal governments to:

  1. End the claw back of the National Child Benefit Supplement from families on social assistance
  2. Fund the reinvestment programs that work for low-income families out of other provincial and federal revenues.
  3. Increase the Canada Child Tax Benefit to $4900 a year.

To become informed go to www.handsoffnow.ca.

AGM 2006
Our 16 delegates to this year’s AGM will be meeting tomorrow evening to finalize plans for the meetings which will be held on March 11 - 13, 2006. Steve Kirby will be a voting delegate representing the Eastern region Occasional Teachers. We thanks these teachers for being present during March Break to protect and further the interests of our members.
Marilies Rettig is running for re-election for OTF Governor and OTF Table Officer. Our delegates will be campaigning throughout the three days, for Marilies and for Elaine MacNeil, from Algonquin Lakeshore, who is seeking re-election as First Vice President. OECTA has been very capably represented by these “eastern region” leaders over this past year, along with Donna Marie Kennedy, Provincial President, from Ottawa Carleton Unit.

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