Durham ETFO has endorsed the LEAP Manifesto, a non-partisan path toward a sustainable future built around a service economy, respect for everyone, and caring for our planet. Other signatories include CUPE, CUPW, Toronto Labour Council, and The Council of Canadians. We encourage all members to sign on as well.



Thanks to all who participated in the Women’s March on January 21! Pictured below: activists from the Ontario Federation of Labour (including our 2nd VP Mary Fowler) who made the trip to Washington. To maintain the momentum for change, we invite all members to get involved with our many ETFO Local Committees, ETFO Provincial Committees, The Women’s Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre of DurhamDurham PFLAGWe Are Oshawa & other community groups. Volunteering builds community, makes a real difference in people’s lives, and feels good. We recommend it.







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 :

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

Febraury 23: GSA meeting, cancelled. Apologies. Please contact executive members Andres, Mary or Barb if you need meet.

February 27: Financial Planning Workshop hosted by the NTFF committee. Open to all members, though pre-registration is required.

February 27-March 3: Online voting period for the proposed contract extension.

March 1: Kindergarten Committee meet.

March 1: Annual Meeting Committee meet.

March 6: health & Safety Committee meet.

March 7: Status of Women & Equity meet.

March 8: International Women’s Day Dinner at the Mandarin, 1725 Kingston Rd., Pickering

March 21: Political Action Committee meet.

March 22: Environmental Committee meet.

March 30: GSA meet.

April 3: Surplus/Transfer Workshop.

April 25: Art Paint Night hosted by the Status of Women & Equity Committee.

Please see the Event Calendar for more.

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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