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 :
October 23-26: Strategic Planning: A series of intensive executive meetings for essential reflection, questioning, debate and step-by-step goal setting to guide our actions in the coming year.
October 27: First of 3 annual Steward Councils at McKinney Arena, Whitby. This is where Stewards can bring questions and make recommendations to the Executive, similar to Rep Council at the Provincial Level.
November 8: PAC & Labour Council. New members welcome! We meet on the second Tuesday of each month after school at the Local office.
November 12 & 13: CLIFF labour film festival at the Carlton Cinema, Toronto.
November 15: Pension information session at the Local after school from 4:30pm-6pm. Please call the Local office to book your seat at no cost.
November 20: “Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDoR) is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on 20 November, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action.” Rally at Memorial Park, Oshawa in the evening, usu. around 6:30-7pm.
November 23: General Meeting for all members after school at the Centennial Builing in Whitby.
November 24: Monthly GSA meetings resume on the last Thursday of each month. Followed by the Durham PFLAG coffee night at 55 Bond St E, Oshawa, from 7pm.
November 28: Environmental/Social Committee joint meeting at the Local after school.
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.