Best wishes to our 2nd VP Mary Fowler and these activists from the Ontario Federation of Labour, heading to the Women’s March on Washington! For those who can attend the Toronto Women’s March, it begins at noon on Saturday, January 21 at Queen’s Park.

Q: I’m not a woman, am I invited?
A: Yes, the Women’s March is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights. More FAQs answered here.









Thank you to all members who complete our survey regarding workplace violence before the holidays! As we all know, violence in schools and in classrooms is a great concern to many teachers. We sincerely appreciate the input from those members working on the front lines! Survey results and more information will be coming soon.


Upcoming Events :

Ongoing: Registration is now closed for the women-in-action workshop (March 31-April 2, 2017). What an incredible response! We are looking forward to an amazing weekend – keep an eye out next year for your chance to register again.

Unless otherwise listed, all meetings take place at our Local office, 603 Palace St., Whitby

January 23: Priority Schools committee meeting, 4:30

January 25: Local Executive meeting, full day

January 26: GSA committee meeting, 4:30

January 30: Committee Chairs training, 12 noon

January 31: Annual Meetign committee meeting, 4:30

February 1: Deadline to nominate your peers for ETFO Awards. This is a great way to show a friend that you appreciate what they do. Find out more!

February 1: Stewards’ Council Meeting, 4:30 at McKinney Arena, Whitby

February 6: Annual Meeting Delegate forms due to the Local office by noon. Proposed resolutions to the Annual Meeting also due to the Local Office. Both forms were sent to Stewards in December.

February 9: Health & Safety committee meeting, 4:30

February 13: Status of Women and Equity committe meeting, 4:30

February 14: Political Action Committee meeting, 4:30
Durham Region Labour Council meeting, 7:00 at Unifor 222

February 15: Executive Meeting

February 22: General meeting: open to all members! Will include the approval of Local Resolutions to, and the election of delegates for, the 2017 ETFO Provincial Annual Meeting. Centennial Building, Whitby (416 Centre St. S.)

August 14-17: ETFO Provincial Annual Meeting in Toronto. This is an election year for our provincial released officers. All members are encouraged to attend, as delegates, alternates or observers. Election of delegates takes place February 22.

Please see the Event Calendar for more.

Applications for the 2016-2017 PD Fund are now being accepted. Once every three years, a member is eligible to apply for funding to help cover costs for conferences and workshops. First come, first served, with preference given to first-time applicants. The form is found here.

Also, as a result of a grievance settlement with the DDSB, there is now a second PD Fund to which members can apply. This fund is open to all members every year until its depletion! Application form found here.

In other news: Anyone thinking of taking a gratuity payment should use this calculator to see if it is worth your while. In most cases, it is not. Please contact your released exec for more details.

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