Limestone Local

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

Members of ETFO advised not to participate in two OCT surveys

January 30th, 2016

There are 2 surveys from the Ontario College of Teachers currently being conducted. Members of ETFO are advised not to participate in either survey.
Members’ Survey Regarding Coroner’s Jury Recommendation on Attestation
The Ontario College of Teachers has sent emails to some members with the subject line “Members’ Survey Regarding Coroner’s Jury Recommendation on Attestation”. The College …

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ETFO encourages students to learn about diverse legends of Canadian sport

January 29th, 2016

ETFO encourages students to learn about diverse legends of Canadian sport

January 29, 2016
A new learning resource celebrating the achievements of diverse Canadian Olympians and multisport games legends has been created for public elementary students by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
For Black History Month, twenty-one athletes have been profiled on a poster, beginning with …

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ETFO proposes improvements to strengthen sexual violence and harassment protections in the workplace

January 22nd, 2016

ETFO proposes improvements to strengthen sexual violence and harassment protections in the workplace
January 22, 2016
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is recommending that Ontario’s Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, 2015 be amended to provide further protection from sexual violence and harassment in workplaces including schools.
“ETFO applauds the government’s desire …

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Teachers’ unions launch court fight over despised anti-strike bill

December 15th, 2015

Landmark case claims Bill 115, which was later scrapped, breached unions’ constitutional rights to strike and interfered in bargaining process
Three years after the McGuinty government upset teachers’ unions by imposing a deal and limiting their right to strike, the unions are fighting back — in court, claiming the move trampled their constitutional rights.
Five unions representing …

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ETFO DECE, ESP and PSP members ratify central agreement

December 11th, 2015

ETFO DECE, ESP and PSP members ratify central agreement
December 11, 2015
Toronto, ON – Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs), Education Support Personnel (ESPs), Professional Support Personnel (PSPs) and other education professionals with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have voted to ratify the central agreement reached with the government and the Council of Trustees’ Association …

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ETFO funds women’s crisis shelters to help address effects of violence against women

December 4th, 2015

ETFO funds women’s crisis shelters to help address effects of violence against women
December 4, 2015
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has earmarked $60,000 to financially assist women’s crisis centres across Ontario to help address the effects of violence against women.
“December 6th marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence …

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ETFO donates $80,000 to Syrian relief effort with further $32,800 donated by locals

December 1st, 2015

ETFO donates $80,000 to Syrian relief effort with further $32,800 donated by locals
December 1, 2015
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has donated $80,000 for Syrian relief efforts, with locals across the province donating an additional $32,800.
“Syrian children and families have had their lives devastated by war with many now living in …

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ETFO Teachers, Occasional Teachers Ratify Central Agreement

November 13th, 2015

ETFO Teachers, Occasional Teachers Ratify Central Agreement
November 13, 2015
Toronto, ON – Teacher and occasional teacher members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have voted to ratify the central agreement reached with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and the government.
ETFO’s “double majority” voting process means both a majority of eligible ETFO members …

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It’s a bit uncertain, but welcome back!

September 8th, 2015

As we start the 2015/16 school year, we are still working to rule, but the provincial government and public school boards are finally negotiating with us. Until we reach some sort of agreement, we will continue to teach our students, engage in extra-curricular activities if we choose to do so and generally do what we …

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The Folly of Legislated Extra-Curriculars

March 5th, 2013

To see Doug Peterson’s Blog, go to dougpete

It’s very depressing to hear the thoughts about the teaching profession from some of my friends these days.  From a low of an imposed contract, it’s like rubbing salt into the wound to think that there is now talk about legislating extra-curricular activities.  You have to wonder just …

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