Recognizing our uniqueness as teachers in Catholic schools, we are an Association committed to the advancement of Catholic education.
As teacher advocates we provide professional services, support, protection and leadership.
“Mourn for the dead. Fight for the living”
The National Day of Mourning was first declared by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984. More than 100 countries now observe a Day of Mourning on April 28.
There are three basic rights that workers should know about:
- the right to know about workplace hazards,
- the right to participate in ways to best address these hazards, and
- the right to refuse unsafe work when hazards go unaddressed.
This April 28, let’s demand more of what works:
• quality, proven training
• health and safety programs developed by and for workers
• laws and regulations that support primary prevention and a hierarchy of controls.
On Saturday April 22, join with millions of Canadians to celebrate Earth Day 2017. As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, and with a new mandate to connect kids to nature and build resilient communities, Earth Day Canada is asking people across the nation to #EarthPLAY for Earth Day, and support better outdoor play in our parks, schools, and on neighbourhood streets.
Recent data suggests that most children get outside for less than an hour each day. This has important consequences for children’s health and well-being. Also, kids who don’t get outside, and who aren’t stimulated by their environment, often grow up with less motivation to protect our planet.
Teachers are invited to register for a workshop for the morning of the April 7 Professional Development day. If you don't find a workshop there that suits your professional needs, feel free to propose a workshop.
This is your opportunity to collaborate with colleagues (from your site or from across the board), and work on your professional development.
If you are running a workshop, click on the link at the bottom of the page to see who has registered for your workshop, and enter your login and password that you received in an email from the local OECTA office.
Teachers are always excited to have a PD day of their very OWN. Please consider proposing a workshop for you and your colleagues that is for your OWN Professional Development, Growth or Wellness! Link to propose a workshop will be posted shortly.
Registration will be open during the week following March Break.
On Friday, March 3rd, the Niagara Elementary Unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association was informed by the Niagara Catholic District School Board that unless an agreement on local terms for our collective agreement is reached by March 19th, the school board will lock out the elementary teachers effective March 20th. Teachers have been working even though their collective agreement expired on August 31, 2014. The Niagara Catholic District School Board’s lock-out notice shows a lack of respect for students and teachers.
We are surprised that the board has stated that we are at an impasse since both parties exchanged items for consideration at our last meeting, with the understanding that responses would be provided at the next bargaining date. OECTA Niagara Elementary is trying to work toward a resolution and is prepared for our next scheduled conciliator- assisted bargaining date scheduled for Monday March 6, 2017.
The Board has indicated that the pressures around their legal fees for negotiations are $160,000 and the Board anticipates that amount rising to $200,000. We feel this is a waste of taxpayers’ money, considering that we are negotiating non-monetary items. We feel this money would be better spent in a variety of ways including supplies for students, textbooks, technology and supporting the needs of our students, including students with special needs.
The Board’s media release states that they believe a lock-out is in the students’ best interest. OECTA Elementary teachers have been preparing, teaching and assessing students since the beginning of the academic school year. The elementary teachers are poised to continue educating students. It is our belief that teachers delivering curriculum in the classroom is what is best for students.
The deadline for submissions of applications for OECTA Scholarships and Fellowships is April 1, 2017.
Application forms can be found on the http://www.catholicteachers.ca/ website in the “For Your Benefit” section. Copies of the application forms are also attached to this memo, as is a flyer you can use to promote them with your members.
The April 1st deadline is firm and no applications submitted after that date will be considered by the Awards Committee.
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