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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Thursday, September 4, 2014

Welcome back, everyone! We hope that your first few days at school have been going well and that you’re weathering the transition from holiday time to full speed ahead! Here are a few important information items we’d like to share with you:

Provincial Bargaining


Provincial Bargaining is commencing. We have four meeting days scheduled with the government and OCSTA in September. The first stage will involve agreeing to those issues that will be addressed at a central table, versus those that will be bargained locally. Hopefully the majority of you have started receiving (and reading!) the “Provincial Bargaining Update” via your personal email account. If you have, then you will be aware that the government, through its Grants for Student Needs transfers, has only provided funding for grid movement on the 97th day for teachers who are “on grid”. When bargained in 2012, it was clear that this was only to be in effect for 2012-13 and 2013-14. OECTA considers the non-payment of increments at the beginning of the year to be a violation of the MoU and will be exercising its rights under the OLRA. If you have not already signed up to receive OECTA Provincial Bargaining e-blasts, please register your email address at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OECTACollector2.

New Unit Office

Renovations at our new Eastern OECTA Unit office at 33 Somerville were completed in mid-August. We are very pleased with our new location and look forward to inviting you to our official opening in October. (Date to be confirmed) Though our phone numbers remain the same, our email addresses are changing. Please update your contact list:

Barb Dobrowolski: b.dobrowolski@easternoecta.ca
Dale Fobert: d.fobert@easternoecta.ca
Sandy Thornton: s.thornton@easternoecta.ca

Speaking of email, our Unit sends out updates to you directly using a service called Benchmark. It appears that many emails aren’t being opened by members. Please check that you are receiving these updates. It may be that some get routed to “Junk Mail” because of the mass mailing.

Staff Reps

Please give us a call or send us an email to let us know that you’ll be acting as OECTA Staff Rep at your school. We’ll be confirming shortly the date of our fall Rep in-service.

OECTA Beginning Teachers’ Conference

Attention all teachers in your first five years of teaching! OECTA’s Beginning Teacher Conference is being changed to a biennial event, and has been moved from February to October. It will be taking place in Toronto on October 3rd and 4th this year! This year’s theme is “Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century.” Given the popularity of this conference, we encourage you to call the Unit office immediately if you are interested in attending. The deadline for contacting us is noon on Friday, September 12th. Space is limited: only six local delegates can attend.

Eastern Wins Arbitration regarding Inclusion of July 4th, 2012 MOU in Collective Agreements

You will recall that our local OECTA Unit published and distributed permanent teacher and occasional teacher collective agreements last year. Under the collective agreement the school board is responsible for this task, however the board was refusing to append and recognize the July 5, 2012 OECTA MOU as constituting a part of our collective agreement. This might have put the continuance of such clauses as the “Fair Hiring Process” and “Teacher Judgment in Use of Diagnostic Assessment” in jeopardy. A grievance was filed over this and the arbitrator, George Surdykowski, just rendered his decision on the matter yesterday. He agreed with OECTA’s position and ordered that the July 5th MOU be appended and form a part of our Collective Agreement.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Brockville Habitat for Humanity ReStore is looking for retired (or active) teachers to volunteer some hours. If you or anyone you know might be interested, contact Vicki Simzer at vicki.habitat1000islands@gmail.com.

 
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