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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Friday, June 20, 2008

Teaching Assignments
According to the collective agreement teachers should have received their teaching assignments for the upcoming school year by June 15th.  If teachers at your school have not yet received their assignments please make sure that your Staff Rep has contacted the Unit office so that the situation can be addressed.

P.A. Day- June 25th
For elementary teachers, 75% of the last Professional Activity day of the year is designated as teacher-directed preparation and planning time.  Please ensure that this is respected.  Next year preparation and planning time increases to 200 minutes per week. 

Collective Bargaining
The OECTA Collective Bargaining table team met with the Board on the morning of June 10th to exchange proposals and set ground rules.  The teams met again on June 12th and began negotiations.  Nine further dates have been scheduled for the fall.  Letters have been sent to all members via Staff Reps with more details about Collective Bargaining and particularly the Provincial Discussion Table agreement between OECTA, OCSTA, and the government.  These letters should arrive by the end of this week or early next week. 

OECTA Unit Office Summer Coverage
If you need to contact the Unit Office during the summer, the numbers remain the same:  1-888-250-3799 or 613-258-0841.  Messages can be left on Extension 22 and will be checked and returned regularly.  In emergency situations, you can reach Barb at 613-882-4691, or Dale at 613-363-8351.  Provincial OECTA can also be reached in an emergency:  1-800-268-7230.



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