Peel Teacher Local Member a Winner
Congratulations to ETFO Peel Teacher Local member Laurie Thompson, who is the first winner of ETFO's collective bargaining newsletter contest! In addition to winning an iPad 3, Laurie will also receive a selection of iPad accessories (wireless keyboard, dock, smart cover, AppleCare Protection Plan).
It's not too late to be a winner. Members who are already subscribers to ETFO's enewsletters have two more chances to win an iPad 3 and accessories. Contest winners will be chosen on May 30th and June 22nd.
If you don't have a subscription to ETFO's eNewsletter, you can subscribe here.
Special Stewards' Mailing: Respect Teachers, Respect Collective Bargaining
In the next 5-8 days, ETFO Stewards will be receiving a special Collective Bargaining mailing at their schools.
It is of paramount importance that every ETFO Steward in the province arrange a meeting with all ETFO members in their school to review the contents of this special mailing.
Stewards who have not received the Collective Bargaining special mailing by Thursday, May 17th should email Lisa Mastrobuono, ETFO Collective Bargaining Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETFO Locals converge in Toronto at Representative Council
On May 2nd and 3rd, local leaders from across the province met at ETFO's Representative Council. In addition to discussing issues related to the Provincial Discussion Table talks and collective bargaining, the leaders heard from a number of speakers including:
- Susan Lambert, President of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation, who delivered a cautionary tale about the devastating impact a provincial government hostile to the teaching profession and to collective bargaining can have on educational achievement and school morale;
- Paul Taillefer, President of the Canadian Teachers' Federation, whose national perspective included a review of provinces that have been respectful of educators and their lawful collective bargaining rights, even during challenging economic times;
- Jim Stanford, a progressive economist from the CAW, who warned that slashing middle class jobs and public services in order to achieve economic prosperity has failed in other jurisdictions. Stanford pointed out that "the doom-and-gloom projections of the impact of rising debt on Ontario's interest costs are vastly overstated."
To view more photos from the Representative Council meeting, visit the ETFO website.
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