Welcome!

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.

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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.

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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.

April 25: Executive meet full day.

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

April 28: Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job. Ceremony at noon at the King street parkette north of Oshawa City Hall.

April 28: We Are Oshawa Pub Night at Crazy Jack’s Oshawa from 8pm.

April 29: People’s Climate March at Alan Gardens, Toronto, from noon.

May 3: New Teacher/ First Five years committee meet.

May 10: Annual General Meeting at the Centennial Building, Whitby, from 4:30pm.

May 31: Your Durham ETFO GSA, in partnership with DRLC and We Are Oshawa, presents the InsideOut Festival for FREE at the Regent Theatre in Oshawa, featuring two hours of short films at an all-ages, accessible venue! More details soon.

June 4: Durham Pride Parade. Assemble behind Oshawa City Hall from 11am, march around 1pm, and then party in Memorial Park afterward.

June 12: Awards dinner & dance at Deer Creek from 6pm.

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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