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.
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.
Members of the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers (CUBGW), Component 325, went on strike on January 12 after their employer Molson Coors Canada refused to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement.
The 320 brewery workers have been in bargaining since October 2015, but it became clear that the employer wasn’t interested in reaching a deal. Instead it targeted retirement security, health and welfare benefits, training opportunities, and more.
Workers at Molson Coors are in a David and Goliath fight. They are up against the third-largest brewing company in the world.
The employer is demanding deep cuts to wages, pensions, and benefits. And it is only the workers that Molson Coors expect to make sacrifices. Their president and CEO make over $6 million a year. In the last six years, wealthy shareholders have received a 34% increase in dividends.
The National Union of Public and General Employees, of which CUBGW is a component, is requesting strike solidarity in the following ways:
• Send a message of support for the strikers to Component325@nupge.ca
• Pass a resolution to support the strike
• Support the partial boycott of Coors Banquet, Miller Lite and Miller Genuine Draft
Please help to ensure these brewery workers are victorious in their struggle for a fair contract.
Over the last year, Ontario has welcomed approximately 20,000 refugees, including over 16,000 from Syria. Today, more than 5,500 Syrian newcomers are improving their language skills and over 4,600 children have been registered in Ontario schools.
Our newest neighbours add to the rich cultural fabric of our province. They give back to our communities - donating their time to local activities and working to build up our economy.
With recent events in Quebec and south of the border, we are reminded that we must be vigilant in our fight against intolerance. And it's why now, more than ever, we as teachers must ensure that our schools and classrooms continue to be safe destinations for everyone.
The OECTA Provincial Professional Development department will be launching its first WebExperience, an online professional development learning platform for teachers.
A total of 11 different ‘experiences’ will be launched, exploring various elements of mathematics education from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
WebExperiences will begin Wednesday, February 15, 2017 through to Thursday, March 9, 2017, with each live session taking place between 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Specific offerings and dates are available online at: www.CatholicTeachers.ca.
Posters will be mailed to all schools in mid-January.
Registration for WebExperiences will open on Monday, January 23, 2017.
We look forward to a successful launch of OECTA’s WebExperience.
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