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.
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.
Yesterday afternoon, the members of the Thunder Bay Elementary Bargaining Unit were informed that rotating strikes would commence effective January 30th. Every attempt by the Thunder Bay Elementary Unit to resolve the dispute without disruption to the classroom, including an offer of voluntary binding arbitration, was met with refusal from the school board. In the face of the school board’s intransigence, our members in Thunder Bay were left with no other alternative than to escalate to full strike action.
The school board’s bargaining team is led by Toronto lawyer, Steve Wilson, who is also leading the table in Niagara.
Please keep these colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.
There will be a Women’s March on Washington taking place Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Inauguration of Donald Trump.
To join our neighbours to the south, there will be similar events here - north of the border. Canadians across the country will be rallying in support of the Women’s March on Washington. The day will be recognized as the International Day of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. There will be a number of marches taking place in Ontario on Saturday, Jan. 21st – including a rally at Queen’s Park from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
More details about the Toronto event and others around the country can be found at: canadianwomenmarch.ca. Click on the links to find out more about events in your area.
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