Welcome to the website for the Algoma Occasional Teachers’ Local! The Algoma Occasional Teachers’ Local is a part of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), a unionized organization that represents over 76,000 teachers across the province.
As one of 31 Occasional Teacher Locals in Ontario, the Algoma Occasional Teachers’ Local represents over 180 qualified and certified Elementary Occasional Teachers employed by the Algoma District School Board.
As the bargaining unit for the Elementary Occasional Teachers of Algoma, we are committed to securing and maintaining the best possible working conditions for our members, protecting the rights of all members, and making certain that the conditions of our Collective Agreement are honoured.
On this website you will find a wide variety of useful information, including our Collective Agreement and Local Constitution, discussions of relevant issues, upcoming Professional Development opportunities, and much much more!
Latest News & Events
Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
A huge WELCOME to all of our new Algoma Occasional Teacher Members and a huge WELCOME BACK to all of our ongoing Algoma Occasional Teacher Members!
On behalf of the Executive of the Algoma Occasional Teacher Local I wish you a wonderful 2018-2019 School Year. We look forward to working with you and getting to know you through various activities planned for our OT Members this year. The very first event, which will take place during the month of September, is a Welcome Back Pub Night. Further details will follow shortly. We look forward to seeing you there!
Peter Mead, President
Algoma Occasional Teacher Local
Our Collective Bargaining Team
Peter Mead Sue Beltrano Ryan Geick Mark Hollingsworth Jessica Mitchell
Our Collective Bargaining Team continues to represent the Algoma OT Membership by ensuring that our new Collective Agreement is implemented in a timely and appropriate fashion. If you have any questions regarding this Collective Agreement, or regarding issues that arise in the schools related to our Collective Agreement, please feel free to contact any member of our Collective Bargaining Team.
ETFO Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
According to ETFO, “United. Inclusive. Strong” are the three words that best described what ETFO and its 83,000 members have aspired to be since the Federation’s inception i 1998. Take part in celebrating ETFO’s achievements by going to the etfo.ca website for information about ETFO’s history and its work to build a better and more equitable future for members, students and families.
A special feature of the ETFO 20th Anniversary Celebration is the ETFO 20th Anniversary Gala Video which highlights members, local leaders and provincial leaders past and present describing what ETFO means to them. Check it out.
Our Algoma OT Local 2018 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Algoma OT Local took place on May 12, 2018 at the Honda Dealership Building at 415 Pim Street in Sault Ste. Marie. At that meeting, those Members present voted on changes to our Algoma OT Constitution and discussed a number of pertinent issues in a Question & Answer Session. The minutes of this meeting will be sent to all Members in an email early in September.
Once you receive the minutes of this meeting, if you have any questions about the amendments adopted or the issues discussed, please contact Peter Mead, President, by phone at 705-257-0556 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health & Safety Report – March 2018
Workplace Health and Safety – Occasional Teachers
Keys are vital to ensure the safety of our students and ourselves. Every occasional teacher should be given a key to their classroom upon arrival for their assignment. Should you not receive a key, or you are given a hard time about asking for a key, please email email@example.com with the name of the school.
- Slips and Trips
If you are going outside on yard duty and the conditions are slippery, please request a pair of yak trax from the office. These help to prevent slips and falls on the ice.
Please keep aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on where you are going to do your best to avoid slips and trips. These account for a large number of our workplace injuries.
If you do slip and fall, or have a “near miss”, please report this. It might prevent a student or colleague from slipping and hurting themselves in the future.
- Workplace Violence
A big focus for ADSB and ETFO is Workplace Violence.
Workplace violence means,
(a) the exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker,
(b) an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker,
(c) a statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.
It is vital that if you experience workplace violence, whether it is from a 3 year old JK student, a student with an exceptionality, a parent, another teacher or anyone else while you are at work that you fill out the Workplace Violence Incident Form. It is your legal obligation to do this. You will not be penalized in any way for filling out these forms. If you are unsure whether or not they need to be filled out – fill one out.
A Workplace Violent Incident Report does not need to be filled out for student on student incidents. That is reported using the Safe Schools Reporting Form.
- Work Refusals Due to Unsafe Conditions
Teachers have the right to refuse work due to unsafe working conditions – including for fear of violence. However, there are certain conditions that need to be met in order to do this. We cannot leave our students unattended. If you feel that your working conditions are unsafe please speak to Peter Mead to find out what your rights and responsibilities are.
Also, if you are asked to cover a class that another teacher is refusing to go into due to a work refusal, you have the right to say no and not be penalized for it. We would encourage you to stand in solidarity with other ETFO members and refuse to cover the class as well. If you have any questions, please contact Peter Mead.
Keri Whent Algoma OT Health & Safety Representative
Keep the Algoma OT Local (& the ADSB) Updated on Changes to Contact Information
It is important that you keep the Algoma OT Local up-to-date on changes to your phone number and/or email address so that we can contact you when necessary and keep you informed about issues in progress. The ADSB Human Resources Office also requires this information in order to contact you about job placements.
If your email address or your phone number has changed recently, please provide our Local with your new information by contacting Peter Mead, President, by phone (705-257-0556) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are a new member of the Algoma OT Local and/or you are not receiving regular emails from our Local, please contact Peter Mead, President, by phone (705-257-0556) or by email (email@example.com).
Attend an ETFO Workshop or Conference
ETFO offers a large variety of workshops and conferences that are open to all members. The cost of travel, meals and accommodations are covered by ETFO Provincial. In addition, Occasional Teachers receive the standard OT rate of pay for each conference day that takes place on a school day. Check out the ETFO website regularly (at www.etfo.ca) as new conferences and workshops are always being posted.
Become Familiar with the ETFO Website
The ETFO website at www.etfo.ca contains excellent material for all OT members. The section entitled Advice: Members as Professionals contains a section entitled “Allegations: What to Do”, which is exceptionally helpful, providing information on how to deal with many challenging situations.
The following is an excerpt from “Allegations: What to Do”: