Your Member News
September 22, 2021
This week voters went to the polls and the results are in for most ridings with a Liberal minority government holding the reigns. See the results on the Elections Canada site here.

In this week’s newsletter, there are a number of important resources, upcoming events and ways to get involved.

Happy reading! 
COVID FAQ Update
This year, information and updates on COVID-19 will be included in our bi-weekly newsletter. The first FAQ provides information about ventilation, personal protective equipment (PPE); work refusals; and COVID-19 testing.

Read the FAQ here.
2022 Bargaining Goal Setting Launches
Our collective agreements expire in a year, but the goal-setting process for the 2022 round starts this fall. Your input is critical when setting the Federation’s bargaining goals. ETFO priorities are established through an extensive surveying process which includes: an all-member online survey; telephone surveying; and member focus groups.
 
Be sure to check your email in October for a link to participate in the online survey, and an invitation to the bargaining focus groups.

Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard in the goal-setting process!
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30 was referred to as Orange Shirt Day but has now been officially proclaimed by the federal government as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage you to take time on the day for learning and reflection on the harmful legacy of Canada’s residential school system. In particular, this year we will pause to mourn the loss of the children whose bodies were recovered, those still to come home, and all those affected by both the direct and intergenerational impact of residential schools.

For educational tools, please visit the ETFO First Nations Metis and Inuit resource website at etfofnmi.ca.
Equity Workshops Virtual Offering for 2021-2022
This ETFO program is designed to offer virtual equity workshops at the local level on a selection of equity-related themes.

Now more than ever equity work in the classroom, the union and our communities are vital. We are excited to offer locals the opportunity to continue to reach members virtually with a selection of workshops from the 2021-2022 Equity Workshops brochure.

View the 2021-22 offerings here
Thinking of Taking a Leave?  
There are several factors to consider in advance of taking a leave of absence – maintaining long-term disability (LTD) insurance coverage is one of them.

Participation in the ETFO LTD Plan is mandatory. All members who have LTD coverage must continue to pay their LTD premiums while on most leaves of absence. Contact your local ETFO office prior to your leave to ensure your LTD coverage is not in jeopardy. 
Vaccine Bookings
Safe and effective vaccines are available for everyone in Ontario who is 12 years of age or older. Please consider booking today if you have not already received the vaccine.

Young Workers’ Assembly 
The Ontario Federation of Labour is holding a virtual Assembly, Organizing for Our Future, for workers under 30 on the evening of Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet other young workers across the province and discuss topics from organizing in a pandemic to why pensions are an essential issue for young workers.
 
Register here.
Professional Learning Events
Mobilizing for Justice 2021-2022  
This women’s program is a multi-day program with fall and spring sessions, as well as an online component. The program offers tools to consider and plan how to get more involved in your community as an ally and active participant in social change. There is a registration fee of $75.00. 

Register by October 4 at Noon, EDT.
Visions Program 2021-2022
For women members in their first five years of membership. This three-session program highlights union renewal and focuses on developing an anti-oppressive and feminist framework, knowledge of ETFO, the broader labour movement and opportunities for activism.

Program dates are:
  • November 24 and 25
  • January 17 and 18
  • April 4 and 5

The deadline to register is October 18, 2021. Learn more by reviewing this flyer
Member Services
ICT Conference for Women 2022 -
Call for Course Leaders 
Women members are encouraged to apply to lead full-day workshops covering diverse applications of educational technologies in teaching and learning. This conference will be held on January 26 and 27, 2022.
 
Applications are due Thursday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. More details are here
Building the Perfect Backyard Oasis 
Spending more time at home during the pandemic has caused many to dream about backyard renovations.

Whether you’re adding or renovating a fence, deck or landscaping, crafting your own personal backyard oasis can be an exciting project. Before you start, here are a few key tips to keep in mind to make your project run smoothly. Read more.
Back-To-School Webcasts
To assist members returning to schools this fall, four webcasts have been uploaded to the ETFO website with three accompanying lessons plans for each.

The topics of the webcasts include:
  • Virtual Learning 101 for Occasional Teachers
  • Mindfulness
  • Community Building – Early Years/Primary
  • Community Building – Junior/Intermediate

Facilitator Call
...and still we wise: Women in Solidarity Conference
ETFO is looking for facilitators who are interested in presenting at this signature conference in February. Facilitators will be expected to deliver two pre-scripted workshops that will be provided.

Additionally, facilitators are asked to develop and deliver a 75-minute workshop about one of the following themes: Union Leadership, School/Community Leadership, or Political Leadership.
Download the flyer and access the application here.
The deadline to apply is October 13 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
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