Teacher Transfer Process
On Monday, May 2 all teachers must be given their preliminary assignment for next year. This notification is required by our contract. The exception would be any new teachers hired since the last transfer policy. All new teachers are notified at the time of hire, that they will be declared surplus at the end of their first year. This allows all teachers to have the opportunity to apply for new positions that became available at a school, through the transfer policy.
OECTA Hamilton-Wentworth Unit Elections
Interested in Running for a Position?
Serving your colleagues in a position on the unit executive is an exciting and rewarding experience. In addition to providing your perspective to inform the direction of the local unit, being on the executive is an excellent way to meet new people and broaden your networking across the system, and even the province.
To put your name forth as a candidate, please e-mail Horst Schweinbenz at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which position you will be running for. Though the window to declare your candidacy in the second callout has closed, there will be a third call out leading up to the election.
Call for Nominations
President (2 year term)
Treasurer (2 year term)
OECTA Hamilton-Wentworth Family Festival
A Time to Honour and Celebrate
In our March newsletter, plans to host a celebratory event on June 3 were announced. Envisioned as part of that event were ceremonies to honour our retirees and 25 Year Award recipients of the past few years. Through the excellent work of the Retirement Celebration Committee, plans with a grander vision have come into being for marking the significance of these occasions in one's career. Details will be released by the committee in the coming weeks.
A Time to Reconnect, Renew, and Revitalize
Preparations are well underway for our OECTA Family Festival at Camp Marydale on Friday June 3. All members and their families are invited and encouraged to attend this event. Please save the date. It will provide a perfect opportunity to enjoy some (COVID friendly) outdoor activities such as swimming, canoeing, archery, and more while reconnecting with colleagues to renew our friendships and revitalize our spirits.
As plans are solidified, additional information on the specifics of the event will be released. What is known now is that volunteers will be needed to help make the day successful. Assistance will be appreciated with a number of roles such as cooking on the BBQs, marshalling of events/stations, set-up and take down, clean-up, and more. Members may indicate their interest in volunteering on the event registration form which will be sent out shortly, or by emailing the office to indicate a willingness to help out. Please consider giving some of your time toward this worthy event to help make it a success for all.
Harry Somerville and Sal Longley Award
Each year, our local unit office presents a graduation award to a deserving grade 8 student at each school in the system. Presented in memory of Harry Sommerville and Sal Longley, two former educators within the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the award is given to a student who demonstrates the qualities of Harry and Sal who exemplified the light of Christ through their service to those in need.
Grade 8 teachers are reminded to submit their school's nominee for the award to Len Moccia before the May long weekend. Awards will be mailed to schools in advance of graduation ceremonies. Please note that the award does not come with a piece of hardware such as a plaque. Schools that wish to include a plaque or trophy with the award are advised to make the needed arrangements when placing their order for grad awards.
Caught COVID at Work?
Since the lifting of mask mandates following the March Break, there has been an explosion of COVID cases among our members. If it is believed that COVID was contracted in the workplace, members are advised to pursue a claim with the WSIB. An approved claim would see the reimbursement of sick days used, and, should it be required, there are health benefits available for treatments needed in recovery. Additionally, should any longer term implications present down the road, an established claim today could potentially be re-opened to access benefits in the future. Please reach out to the Health and Safety Advisor for support with the WSIB claim process.
In the event that the criteria outlined in the memo is satisfied but access to the Quarantine Code is denied, members are encouraged to call the OECTA office for guidance on the matter.
Preparing for the Election
Following four grueling years for educators, the Ontario General Election is just around the corner. Finally, our time has come to rally together and have our voices heard. Doug Ford has got to go! On June 2, we have the responsibility to select the next Ontario government - a government truly for the people.
With contract negotiations looming, much is at play for teachers in this election. An education-friendly government will vastly improve our prospects in negotiations and will result in more favourable learning conditions for students. With Ford, we already know that the plans for education include a projected shortfall of $12.3 billion over the next decade. For an already inimically underfunded system, further financial pressures on the education sector are nothing short of unconscionable. Student learning will be impacted, and your livelihood will be further diminished.
You can help to prevent such an outcome through your participation in the democratic process. First and foremost, members are asked to commit themselves to voting. Your vote, though one among many, is an important contribution to our collective voice. But, there are many more levels of engagement in the political process. Over the next few weeks, we will be seeking the assistance of our members to help Ontario elect an education-friendly government. The time is now. Your help is needed. Stay tuned for opportunities where you can more directly make a difference in this campaign. Together, we can make a change. Together, the people can take their government back.
Provincial Budget 2022
A mere few days ago, the government tabled its budget containing all sorts of goodies aimed at buying votes from Ontarians. For educators, however, the writing is on the wall - the attacks on education will continue unabated from our experiences these past four years. Hidden among the shiny new highway funding and licence plate sticker rebates is a $1.3 billion salvo designed to further destabilize publicly funded education. It is imperative that we elect an education friendly government.
Legislated wage adjustments 1% per year (Bill 124)
Your wage is currently being cut by 5.7% per year.
Reminder: In the last 10 years, our contract has missed the mark for inflation every year - four of those years saw 0% wage adjustments.
With your contribution, not only will you be helping to elect an education friendly government, but you will also receive a tax-credit. In comparison to what you lost in 2020 (4 strike days = approx. $2,000), it will cost you less if you donate and negotiations are undertaken with a more receptive government
From Your Provincial Association
Education Unions Call on the Ford Government to Invest in Schools
Ahead of the release of the 2022 provincial budget, OECTA President Barb Dobrowolski, joined by the presidents of the affiliate education unions representing teachers and education workers, held a joint press conference calling attention to the Ford government’s inadequate investment in publicly funded education and demanding real, immediate action to support students, teachers, and education workers.
For Your Career
Additional Qualification Coursees
Upgrade Yourself - Register For an AQ Course
General Course Fees
Religious Education Part 1 - $550
All other AQ courses - $600
The Association helps members manage a range of career-related events and issues, including performance appraisals, general and career counselling, professional ethics, interpersonal disputes, and personal crises.
A variety of resources have been created to assist you in navigating some of the issues that you may encounter in your professional career.
If you’re experiencing difficulty in your professional life, or if personal problems are affecting your work, you can contact staff in the Counselling and Member Services department at the OECTA Provincial Office for advice or guidance.
All calls are kept confidential.
Contact our Counselling and Member Services department or the daily duty officer for assistance, at
1-800-268-7230 or 416-925-2493