Thanks to the many teachers who demonstrated their support in Toronto on November 5 for the Standing Rock Sioux in resisting the Dakota Pipeline. Several thousand people gathered at Queen’s Park, marched with loud drums past the US Embassy, then held hands in a massive circle dance at City Hall. If you would like to help, check standingrock.org and powwows.com.
Keep Hydro Public! Our Durham ETFO Political Action Committee is tracking several important governmental policy directions that will affect our classrooms. Presently, our main concern is to Keep Hydro Public! Privatization always increases the cost of electricity, leaving less money for school operations, educational resources, and less money for families that are already struggling to pay bills. Please follow this link to contact your MPP and let them know your concerns.
Our PAC meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month. New members are always welcome!
Upcoming Events :
Ongoing: Registration is now open for the women-in-action workshop (March 31-April 2, 2017); a $100 deposit to Durham ETFO is required, which will be refunded on completion of the course. Spots are going quickly! Please register ASAP! Please contact Deborah Kravis for more details.
Women in Action is an intensive two-part program designed to encourage the active involvement and leadership of ETFO’s women members. The workshop looks at the structure of ETFO and the opportunities that exist for women’s involvement within the Union. It examines styles of leadership focusing on the strengths women bring to an organization. Participants are encouraged to develop strategies to overcome barriers to women’s involvement and to plan activities that meet their needs. Finally, participants review and practice the skills they need to make their voices heard in meetings.
December 7: Meeting of our new Black Educators & Allies Committee has been postponed to January 11.
December 12: Status of Women meeting after school at the Local.
December 15: GSA meet after school at the Local, followed by PFLAG sharing night at 55 Bond St E. , Oshawa.
December 16: New teacher workshop: please call the Local if you did not get your release code.
December 22: Executive meet. PM only.
January 11: New date for the first meeting of our Black Educators’ & Allies Committee.
January 12: Start off the new year with an ETFO Durham Wine & Cheese Social at the Local. Relax and catch up with your executive members, committee chairs and other friends. Open to all members!
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!
Please see the Event Calendar for more.
RALLY IN SUPPORT OF TEACHERS IN MEXICO
Many thanks to those who came to support our call for justice at the Consulate of Mexico on July 4th! Read the official ETFO statement on Mexico here.
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.
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.