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WE THE TEACHERS OF ONTARIO

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									 WE THE TEACHERS
   OF ONTARIO




         sePteMBer 2008




OntariO teachers’ FederatiOn
FÉdÉratiOn des enseiGnantes et
 des enseiGnants de L’OntariO
Organizational Chart

                          Education intErnational

                   canadian tEacHErS' FEdEration




                ontario tEacHErS' FEdEration
                               (155,000 members in four affiliated bodies)




           Association des            Elementary           Ontario English    Ontario Secondary
         enseignantes et des           Teachers'              Catholic              School
         enseignants franco-         Federation of      Teachers' Association     Teachers'
              ontariens                 Ontario                                  Federation


         6,931 members*           57,693 members*       37, 150 members* 34,084 members*



              12 units                 33 units               47 units            33 units




     ________________
     *     Full-time equivalent membership figures as of June 2008.




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    the OntariO
                                                                 elected by the Board of Governors and the Secretary-
                                                                 Treasurer, currently meets ten times a year.


    teaChers'                                                    Representation
                                                                 The Ontario Teachers’ Federation is the official liaison


    federatiOn
                                                                 between the teachers of the province and the Minister
                                                                 of Education. Representatives of OTF meet with
                                                                 officials of the Ministry of Education on a regular basis
                                                                 to discuss matters of an educational or professional
                                                                 nature. OTF is a member of the Canadian Teachers’
                                                                 Federation (CTF) and sends representatives to
                                                                 national, international and provincial educational
                                                                 conferences.
                                                                     OTF names representatives to committees set up
                                                                 by the Ministry of Education and other educational
    THE ONTARIO TEACHERS’ FEDERATION (OTF)                       organizations.
    was set up by the Teaching Profession Act of 1944
    as the professional organization for teachers in the         Committees
    province. All teachers (as defined in the Teaching           Standing committees are named in the Regulation and
    Profession Act) are required by law to belong to             are made up of one teacher from each of the affiliated
    the Federation as a condition of teaching in the             bodies. Other special committees are appointed
    publicly funded schools of Ontario. L’Association des        from time to time by the Board of Governors and the
    enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens,            Executive, as the work of the Federation requires.
    the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario*, the         These committees have at least one representative
    Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, and          from each Affiliate.
    the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation                The committees report to the Board of Governors,
    are affiliated with OTF.                                     where their recommendations may be approved or
        Most of the Affiliates had formed voluntary teacher      rejected, referred back to the committee for further
    organizations 20 years before the Teaching Profession        study, or referred to the affiliated bodies for their
    Act was passed in 1944. Teachers recognized the need         approval before final acceptance by the OTF.
    for a Federation which would be acknowledged by
    provincial authorities as the professional association       Pensions
    of all teachers in the province. At the teachers’ request,   The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is a partnership
    the Teaching Profession Act was passed.                      between the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and the
                                                                 Government of Ontario. Before 1989, the Teachers’
    Organization                                                 Superannuation Fund was entirely under the control of
    In June 1944, following the passing of the Act, elected      the Government of Ontario. In 1989, it was set up as a
    representatives of the Affiliates met to organize the        separate corporation as the Ontario Teachers’ Pension
    Federation and to prepare the Regulation to be set up        Plan. In 1991, a partnership was formed between OTF
    under the Teaching Profession Act. It was agreed that        and the Government. The Ontario Teachers’ Pension
    the former voluntary organizations should retain their       Plan was created by the Teachers’ Pension Act of the
    individual autonomy within the new Federation. Each          Ontario Parliament.
    Affiliate works within its own constitution and sends             The Federation and the Government each appoint
    representatives to the OTF Board of Governors, which         four members to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
    is the governing body of the Federation.                     Board. The Government and OTF jointly name the
                                                                 Chair.
    Board of Governors                                                The Partners’ Committee is the means by which
    A Board of Governors of 40 members deals with                the partners - the Government and the OTF Executive
    matters that affect all the teachers in the province. The    - meet to fulfill their responsibilities to the Pension
    Board of Governors meets at least three times a year;        Plan. Each partner names three representatives to the
    the Federation Executive, consisting of 12 members           Partners’ Committee. The teachers’ representatives are
                                                                 officers of OTF-the President, the First-Vice President

2     We the Teachers of Ontario
and the Past President. The teacher representatives        of the Curriculum Forum includes representatives
on the Committee change as the officers of OTF             from the Subject Associations and the Federation.
change.                                                    The chairperson is always from one of the Subject
    Since the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is a          Associations.
partnership between teachers and the Government,               The Curriculum Forum is funded primarily by
both partners share the good and the bad. This             OTF, though Associations contribute print materials,
means that when the investments of the Pension             time, talent and the expenses incurred by their guest
Fund do well and the Plan has an actuarial gain, the       participants at the meetings. The Associations in
partners negotiate how these gains are spent. If the       themselves are independent and fund their activities
investments do poorly, the Partners have to share in       through the collection of their own membership fees.
the responsibility of making up the shortfall. OTF is          You can learn more about the Associations which
the bargaining agent, on behalf of all members of the      are members of the OTF Curriculum Forum by visiting
Plan, in these negotiations.                               the OTF website at www.otffeo.on.ca

OTF Fee                                                    OTF Communications
The work of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation is            OTF communicates with the membership and the
supported entirely by the members’ Federation fees.        public in several ways. Two of OTF’s publications are
    The Board of Governors approves the OTF fee            Communiqué for all members and Action Plan for the
and the CTF fee is approved at the Annual General          leadership.
Meeting of CTF.                                                Electronic communication has become increasingly
    Since 1998, the Affiliates have collected both         important for OTF. Interaction on line is electronically
their own fee and the OTF fee . The OTF fee is then        published every month on the OTF website. You
forwarded on a monthly basis by the Affiliates to OTF.     can subscribe to Interaction on line through the OTF
OTF retains its portion and forwards a CTF fee on          website.
behalf of OTF members.                                         All OTF Publications except Action Plan are
    The OTF fee pays for the OTF office and office         available on the OTF website at www.otffeo.on.ca.
staff; the meetings of the OTF Executive; the Board
of Governors; and committees; for various affiliation      Awards and Grants
fees with other organizations; for pension matters and     OTF Fellowship
for expenses of seminars and conferences; and for          The OTF Fellowship was inaugurated in 1964 to
communication procedures.                                  commemorate OTF’s 20th anniversary. The first award
                                                           was presented to The Hon. George A. Drew, who was
OTF Curriculum Forum                                       Minister of Education and Premier when OTF was
The OTF Curriculum Forum was created to provide            established under the Teaching Profession Act.
a professional interaction among the independent               Fellowships are awarded for outstanding service to
Subject and Special Interest Associations and              education and/or to the Federation and achievement
between the Associations and OTF. It also provides         in affirmative action.
a liaison between the Associations and the Ministry of         A maximum of 11 awards are made each year, ten
Education.                                                 to OTF members and one to a non-member.
     Members of the OTF Curriculum Forum are OTF,
the Affiliates of OTF and some fifty associations. There   Greer Award (Le prix Greer)
is an open invitation to all established Associations      Established in 1947, the Greer Award is a memorial to
to be part of the Forum. Associations can become           the late Dr. V. K. Greer. The fund was administered by
members by application to the Ontario Teachers’            the Canadian Education Association until 1989 when
Federation Executive. The Curriculum Forum usually         it became OTF’s responsibility.
meets three times during the school year.                      The award recognizes an individual or organization
     After a few years of low activity, once again, the    for outstanding service to Ontario education. A cash
OTF Curriculum Forum has become increasingly               award is presented to a charitable organization or
active in curriculum matters. The reform of elementary     cause designated by the recipient. The annual recipient
and secondary curriculum brought new life to the           is named by the four OTF Affiliates on a rotation
OTF Curriculum Forum. The Steering Committee               basis.



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    Blanche E. Snell Estate Fund
    This fund is administered by the OTF International
    Assistance Committee. It assists foreign students            ____________________
    or educators, engaged in an educational venture in           *   Created on July 1, 1998 by the coming
    Ontario, to enhance their educational experience in              together of the Federation of Women Teachers’
    Canada through related travel-study and professional             Associations of Ontario (FWTAO) and the
    development.                                                     Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation
       Recipients must be citizens of a developing country           (OPSTF).
    and must return to that country to work in education.
    The number of grants and their size vary.

    OTIP Teaching Awards
    Ontario’s Teaching Awards program began in 1991.
    Honourees have covered a range of disciplines,
    teaching methods, age groups and geographical
    locations. What they have in common is an energetic
    interest in doing their best, at being creative to achieve
    their goals and most of all, putting students first.
         Four awards are given each year to outstanding
    teachers in the categories of elementary, secondary,
    francophone and beginning teachers. They are the
    teachers who light sparks in students, inspire their
    colleagues and encourage parents.

               www.teachingawards.ca


    International Assistance
    Each year, OTF’s International Assistance Fund
    provides support to some 30 to 40 small, locally
    initiated educational projects, undertaken by teacher
    organizations, schools, and other groups in developing
    countries. The fund is administered by a committee of
    teachers, representing each of OTF’s Affiliates.
         Among the supported projects each year, is at
    least one project initiated by CODE (the Canadian
    Organization for Development through Education),
    and several projects funded under the auspices of the
    Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF).
         The International Assistance Fund is financed
    through a dedicated percentage of OTF’s membership
    fee. The fund has been in existence for over 36 years
    now. Over the years, the amount allotted by OTF to
    International Assistance has varied from between
    0.8 and 1.5 percent of the organization’s net fee
    revenue.




4     We the Teachers of Ontario
TEACHING                                                              (f) to represent all members of the pension plan
                                                                          established under the Teachers’ Pension
                                                                          Act in the administration of the plan and the


PROFESSION
                                                                          management of the pension fund.
                                                                   4. (1) E v e r y t e a c h e r i s a m e m b e r o f t h e
                                                                          Federation.

ACT
                                                                      (2) The following students are associate members
                                                                          of the Federation:
                                                                          (a) Every student in a college for the
                                                                               professional education of teachers
                                                                               established under clause 14 (1) (a) of the
                                                                               Education Act.
                                                                          (b) Every student in a school or faculty of
                                                                               education that provides for the professional
                                                                               education of teachers pursuant to an
1.  In this Act,                                                               agreement under clause 14 (1) (b) of the
   (a) “Board of Governors” means the Board of                                 Education Act.
        Governors of the Federation;                                  (3) Every person who was a member of the
   (b) “executive” means the executive of the                             Federation upon retirement and who is
        Federation;                                                       receiving a pension or an allowance under
   (c) “Federation” means the Ontario Teachers’                           the Teachers' Pension Act or a predecessor
        Federation;                                                       to that Act may, on request, be an associate
   (d) “ m e m b e r ” m e a n s a m e m b e r o f t h e                  member of the Federation.
        Federation;                                                   (4) A person described in paragraph 1 or 2 of
   (e) “Minister” means the Minister of Education;                        subsection (2) or in subsection (3) is not
   (f) “Ministry” means the Ministry of Education;                        eligible to vote in respect of any Federation
   (g) “regulations” means the regulations made                           matter and cannot be required to pay a fee to
        under this Act;                                                   the Federation.
   (h) “teacher” means a person who is a member                    5. (1) There shall be a Board of Governors of the
        of the Ontario College of Teachers and is                         Ontario Teachers' Federation composed of 40
        employed by a board as a teacher but does                         members as follows:
        not include a supervisory officer, a principal,                    1. The immediate past president, the
        a vice-principal or an instructor in a teacher-                        president, the first vice-president, the
        training institution. (amended 3.31.98)                                second vice-president and the secretary-
2. The federation of teachers known as the Ontario                             treasurer of each of the Ontario
   Teachers’ Federation is continued as a body                                 Secondary School Teachers' Federation,
   corporate, under the name The Ontario Teachers'                             the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
   Federation.                                                                 Ontario*, the Association des enseignantes
3. The objects of the Federation are,                                          et des enseignants franco-ontariens and
   (a) to promote and advance the cause of                                     the Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
        education;                                                             Association. (2000)
   (b) t o r a i s e t h e s t a t u s o f t h e t e a c h i n g           2. Five representatives of each of the Ontario
        profession;                                                            Secondary School Teachers' Federation,
   (c) to promote and advance the interests of                                 the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
        teachers and to secure conditions that will                            Ontario, the Association des enseignantes
        make possible the best professional service;                           et des enseignants franco-ontariens and
   (d) to arouse and increase public interest in                               the Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
        educational affairs;                                                   Association, to be elected annually at
   (e) to co-operate with other teachers’ organizations                        the annual meeting of the federation or
        throughout the world having the same or like                           association from among its members.
        objects; and



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        (2) The members of the Board of Governors shall               9. The executive is responsible for carrying on the
              take office at the conclusion of the annual                  business of the Federation and may,
              meeting of the Federation and shall hold office              (a) subject to the approval of the Minister, acquire
              until their successors take office.                               and hold in the name of the Federation such real
        (3) If a vacancy occurs on the Board of Governors,                      and personal property as may be necessary
              it shall be filled by the executive of the affiliated             for the purposes of the Federation and may
              body that the person who vacated the office                       alienate, mortgage, lease or otherwise dispose
              represented and the person so named to fill                       of such property as occasion may require;
              the vacancy shall hold office for the remainder              (b) invest the funds of the Federation in any
              of the term of the person who vacated the                         securities in which a trustee is authorized to
              office.                                                           invest money in his hands under the Trustee
    6. (1) There shall be an Executive of the Ontario                           Act;
              Teachers' Federation, to be composed of 13                   (c) make such grants as it considers advisable to
              members as follows:                                               organizations having the same or like objects
              1. the immediate past president, the president,                   as the Federation;
                    the first vice-president, the second vice-             (d) act as the representative of the members
                    president and the secretary-treasurer of                    of the pension plan established under the
                    the Ontario Teachers' Federation.                           Teachers’ Pension Act including carrying out
              2. The president and the secretary-treasurer                      the following functions:
                    of each of the Ontario Secondary School                     1. Appointing persons to be members of the
                    Teachers' Federation, the Elementary                             Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board
                    Teachers' Federation of Ontario, the                             created under that Act.
                    Association des enseignantes et des                         2. Entering into agreements as described in
                    enseignants franco-ontariens and the                             that Act.
                    Ontario English Catholic Teachers'                          3. Negotiating, agreeing to or directing
                    Association.                                                     amendments to the plan as permitted
        (2) The members of the Executive shall take office                           under that Act or an agreement entered
              at the conclusion of the annual meeting of                             into under that Act.
              the Federation and shall hold office until their                  4. Entering into an agreement on behalf of
              successors take office.                                                the Federation to idemnify a member of
        (3) If a vacancy occurs on the executive, it may be                          the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board
              filled by the Board of Governors from among                            or a member of a committee of the Board
              its members who represent the affiliated                               against any costs sustained with respect
              body that the person who vacated the office                            to legal proceedings arising out of an act
              represented, and the person so named shall                             or omission done in the execution of his
              hold office for the remainder of the term of the                       or her duties as a member of the Board
              person who vacated the office.                                         or committee. [1991, vol. 2, ch. 52, s. 9]
    7. There shall be a president, a first vice-president             10. In the interests of the advancement of education
        and a second vice-president of the Federation to                  and the improvement of teaching conditions
        be elected annually at the annual meeting of the                  in Ontario, the Board of Governors shall meet
        Board of Governors from among its members in                      annually and confer with the Minister and the
        such a manner that the offices of the immediate                   senior officials of the Ministry on matters touching
        past president, president, first vice-president                   and concerning the objects of the Federation, and
        and second vice-president represent each of the                   the Board of Governors shall at such meeting and
        affiliated bodies.                                                may at any other time make such representations
     8. There shall be a secretary-treasurer of the                       and recommendations either of a general nature
        Federation appointed by the Board of Governors                    or which relate to any particular school, teacher
        who may be a member of the Board of Governors                     or matter as it considers advisable and as are in
        and who shall receive such remuneration as may                    keeping with the objects of the Federation.
        be fixed by the Board of Governors.                           11. Collection of Fees [Repealed 1997, c. 31, s. 180
                                                                          (3)].



6     We the Teachers of Ontario
12. (1) Subject to the approval of the Lieutenant                           (a) sexual intercourse or other forms of
        Governor in Council, the Board of Governors                              physical sexual relations between the
        may make regulations,                                                    member and the student,
        (a) p r e s c r i b i n g a c o d e o f e t h i c s f o r           (b) touching, of a sexual nature, of the student
             teachers;                                                           by the member, or
        (b) Repealed: 1997, c. 31, s. 180 (4).                              (c) behaviour or remarks of a sexual nature
        (c) providing for voluntary membership in                                by the member towards the student.
             the Federation of persons who are not                  13. (1) A by-law governing the membership of
             members thereof and prescribing the                            teachers in an affiliated body of the Federation
             duties, responsibilities and privileges of                     shall not authorize a teacher to be a member
             voluntary members;                                             of an affiliated body that is not his or her
        (d) prescribing the duties, responsibilities and                    designated bargaining agent, if any, under
             privileges of associate members;                               Part X. 1 of the Education Act.
        (e) providing for the suspension and expulsion                  (2) The Minister may request the Board of
             of members from the Federation and                             Governors to make, amend or revoke a
             other disciplinary measures;                                   regulation or by-law if the Minister considers
        (f) Repealed: 2000, c. 12, s. 8.                                    it appropriate to do so.
        (g) providing for the holding of meetings of the                (3) If the Board of Governors fails to comply with
             Board of Governors and of the executive                        the Minister's request within 60 days after
             and prescribing the manner of calling and                      receiving it, the Lieutenant Governor in Council
             the notice to be given in respect of such                      may, by regulation, make, amend or revoke
             meetings;                                                      the regulation or by-law. (1997)
        (h) prescribing the procedure to be followed
             at meetings of the Board of Governors
             and of the executive;                                  _________________________________________
        (i) providing for the payment of necessary
             expenses to the members of the Board                   *   Created on July 1, 1998 by the coming together
             of Governors and the executive;                            of the Federation of Women Teachers' Associa-
        (j) conferring powers upon or extending or                      tions of Ontario (FWTAO) and the Ontario Public
             restricting the powers of and prescribing                  School Teachers' Federation (OPSTF).
             the duties of the Board of Governors and
             of the executive;
                                                                    Section 11 (b), "prescribing the fees to be paid by
        (k) providing for the appointment of standing
                                                                    members of the Federation and the dates by which they
             and special committees;
                                                                    are to be forwarded to the treasurer of the Federation,"
        (l) providing for the establishment of branches
                                                                    was deleted (3.31.98), but is the subject of litigation.
             of the Federation or of the recognition by
             the Federation of local bodies, groups or
                                                                    The language in this section is quoted directly from the
             associations of teachers which shall be
                                                                    Teaching Profession Act. The non-inclusive language
             affiliated with the Federation.
                                                                    is within the purview of the Legislature.
    (2) Despite any regulation made under subsection
        (1), a member who makes an adverse report
        about another member respecting suspected
        sexual abuse of a student by that other
        member need not provide him or her with a
        copy of the report or with any information about
        the report.
    (3) In subsection (2),
        "sexual abuse" of a student by a member
        means,




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    regulatiOn Made
                                                                      Teaching Profession Act, 1944, may make
                                                                      application to the Board of Governors for
                                                                      reinstatement as a member.

    under                                                         (2) The Board of Governors shall refer the
                                                                      application to the proper affiliated body for its


    the teaChing
                                                                      opinion of the application.
                                                                  (3) Where the Board of Governors, after
                                                                      considering the opinion of the affiliated
                                                      1

    PrOfessiOn aCt
                                                                      body, accepts the application, the secretary-
                                                                      treasurer of the Federation shall notify the
                                                                      Minister and the applicant forthwith.

                                                              Fees
                                                              4. (1) Subject to subsections 2 and 4, a member shall
    Affiliated Bodies                                                pay the Federation an annual membership fee
    1. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’                        as follows: **
        Federation, the Federation of Women Teachers’                1. A secondary school teacher, 1.18 per cent
        Associations of Ontario*, the Ontario Public                     of total annual salary. (SB90)
        School Teachers’ Federation*, l’Association des              2. A statutory member of the Ontario Public
        enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens                 School Teachers’ Federation $150.00 plus
        and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’                       1.35 per cent of the total annual salary of
        Association shall be affiliated with the Federation              the member. (AB97)
        and known as “affiliated bodies.”                            3. A female public school teacher,
                                                                         (i) w o r k i n g m o r e t h a n h a l f - t i m e ,
    Voluntary Membership                                                      $650.00,
    2. (1) The Board of Governors shall grant voluntary                  (ii) working half-time or less, $325.00. 2
            membership in the Federation to a person                          (AB92)
            who,                                                     4. A separate school teacher,
            (a) is not a member thereof;                                 (i) w o r k i n g m o r e t h a n h a l f - t i m e ,
            (b) holds a Certificate of Qualification;                         $710.00,
            (c) is engaged in an educational capacity;                   (ii) working half-time or less, an amount
            (d) is a member of an affiliated body; and                        which bears the same relation to
            (e) makes application to the Board of                             $710.00 as does the teacher’s total
                Governors for voluntary membership in                         annual salary the teacher would earn
                the Federation.                                               if full-time. 3 (SB96)
        (2) The Board of Governors shall grant voluntary             5. A teacher in a French-language school or
            membership in the Federation to a person                     class who is a member of L’Association
            who is not a member thereof and who is from                  des enseignantes et des enseignants
            outside Ontario and is on an assignment of two               franco-ontariens, 1.5% of the teacher’s
            years or less as a teacher in Ontario under a                total annual salary; where “total annual
            teacher exchange program.                                    salary” means salary in accordance with
        (3) The duties of a voluntary member shall be the                the terms and conditions under which the
            same as those of a member under Sections                     member is employed, and includes a cost
            13 to 18.                                                    of living or other similar bonus.
        (4) A voluntary member shall have such privileges        (2) A member who is employed by a board
            as are common to all members of the                      exclusively in respect of the continuing
            Federation. (AB73)                                       education classes provided by the board shall
                                                                     pay the Federation an annual membership fee
    Application for Membership by a Former Member                    as follows: (AB87)
    3. (1) A teacher who has withdrawn from membership               1. A secondary school teacher, 1.18 per cent
           under subsection (1) or (2) of Section 4 of the               of the salary attributable to such teaching.
                                                                         (SB90)

8     We the Teachers of Ontario
       2. A statutory member of the Ontario Public                   (b) where deductions are made in instalments,
            School Teachers’ Federation, 1.2 per cent                    place the instalment fee on deposit with
            of the salary attributable to such teaching.                 the Federation on or before the 15th day
            (AB89)                                                       of the month immediately following the
       3. A female public school teacher $0.20 in                        month of deduction.
            respect of each day on which the teacher
            performs teaching duties to a maximum            Meetings of the Board of Governors
            amount of $4.00 for each month in which          5. (1) The annual meeting of the Board of Governors
            the teacher performs such teaching                      shall be held in each year on the days during
            duties.                                                 the three weeks next preceding Labour Day
       4. A separate school teacher, 1.25 per cent                  that are, and at a time and place that is,
            of the salary attributable to such teaching             determined by the president.
            duties. (SB88)                                      (2) Subject to subsection (5), there shall be a
       5. A teacher of a French-language school or                  special meeting of the Board of Governors on
            class who is a member of L’Association                  the days during or within two weeks following
            des enseignantes et des enseignants                     each of the Christmas vacation and the Easter
            franco-ontariens, 1.5 per cent of the salary            vacation that are, and at a time and place that
            attributable to such teaching duties.                   are, determined by the president.
   (3) A member to whom subsection (1) applies                  (3) The Board of Governors shall meet at such
       who is also employed for the purpose of a                    other dates and times as the executive may
       class referred to in subsection (2) shall pay                by resolution determine.
       an annual membership fee that is the sum of              (4) A member of the Board of Governors shall
       the annual membership fee applicable to the                  be allowed a leave of absence not exceeding
       member under subsection (1) and the annual                   four days a year to attend meetings of the
       membership fee that would be applicable to the               Board of Governors referred to in subsections
       member under subsection (2), if the member                   (2) and (3).
       were a person employed exclusively for the               (5) Upon the recommendation of the executive and
       purpose of a class referred to in subsection                 with the approval of at least 32 members of the
       (2).                                                         Board of Governors, the Board of Governors
   (4) Where a fee, or a portion thereof, that is                   may, by resolution, waive the holding of one of
       payable under subsection (1) is not based                    the meetings under subsection (2). (AB72)
       upon salary, such fee or portion thereof shall           (6) The secretary-treasurer of the Federation shall
       be reduced, in the case of a teacher who                     send to members of the Board of Governors
       is not employed for the full school year, by                 a written notice of the date, time and place of
       multiplying such fee or portion thereof by the               a meeting of the Board of Governors,
       ratio of the number of full and part months that             (a) at least 14 days before the date of a
       the teacher was employed in the school year                       meeting under subsection (1) or (2); and
       to 10.                                                       (b) at least three days before the date of a
   (5) A board of trustees, in respect of a teacher                      meeting under subsection (3).
       employed by the board, shall,                            (7) A quorum at a meeting of the Board of
       (a) where a single deduction is made, remit to               Governors shall be 32 members thereof.
            the secretary-treasurer of the Federation               (AB72)
            the full annual fee,
            (i) by the 30th day of November, or              Meetings of Executive
            (ii) in the case of a teacher whose              6. (1) The executive shall meet immediately before
                 employment commences after the                     and immediately after a meeting of the Board
                 first school day in November, by the               of Governors.
                 last day of the first full month that the      (2) The secretary-treasurer of the Federation
                 teacher is employed by the board;                  shall send to members of the executive at
                 and                                                least seven days in advance of a meeting of
                                                                    the executive written notice of date, time and
                                                                    place of the meeting under subsection (1).

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         (3) The president of the Federation may at any                 make provision for the composition of the
             time call a special meeting of the executive.              committee.
         (4) A quorum at any meeting of the executive shall         (5) Clause (b) of subsection (2) applies to
             be six members thereof.                                    a standing committee established under
                                                                        subsection (3).
     Nominating Committee
     7. (1) At the meeting of the executive immediately         Special Committees
            before the annual meeting of the Board of           10. The Board of Governors or the executive may, by
            Governors, the executive shall appoint a                resolution, appoint such special committees as it
            nominating committee and include thereon                considers necessary from time to time.
            a representative of each of the affiliated
            bodies.                                             Procedure at Annual Meeting of Board of
        (2) The nominating committee shall meet on the          Governors
            first day of the annual meeting of the Board        11. (1) The order of procedure at the annual meeting of
            of Governors to prepare nominations for the                 the Board of Governors shall be as follows:
            executive for the year next following.                      1. Call to order.
        (3) The nominating committee shall present                      2. Appointment of committees.
            the report of its nominations to the Board                  3. Reading and confirming the minutes of the
            of Governors and, upon these and other                          next preceding meeting.
            nominations which may be submitted from                     4. Business arising from the minutes.
            the floor by any member of the Board of                     5. Reading of correspondence and action
            Governors, a secret ballot shall be taken.                          thereon.
                                                                        6. Reports of officers.
     Relations and Discipline Committee                                 7. Reception of delegations.
     8. There shall be a Relations and Discipline Committee             8. Reports from affiliated bodies.
        appointed by the Board of Governors.                            9. R e p o r t s o f s t a n d i n g a n d s p e c i a l
                                                                            committees.
     Standing Committees                                                10. General business.
     9. (1) There shall be standing committees as                       11. Elections.
            follows:                                                    12. Installation of officers.
            1. Educational Finance (AB72)                               13. Adjournment.
            2. Educational Studies (AB72)                           (2) The Board of Governors may omit one or
            3. Legislation (AB72)                                       more items of the order of procedure from the
            4. Pension (AB90)                                           agenda of the annual meeting.
            5. Teacher Education
        (2) A committee under subsection (1) shall,             Expenses
            (a) be composed of the chairman or a member         12. The Federation shall pay such necessary expenses
                 of the corresponding committee of each             as members of the Board of Governors and of the
                 affiliated body, together with the president       executive incur in carrying out their duties under
                 and secretary-treasurer of the Federation;         the Act and this Regulation.
                 and
            (b) be convened by a member designated              General Duties of Members
                 by the executive, following the annual         13. A member shall strive at all times to achieve
                 meeting of the Board of Governors.                 and maintain the highest degree of professional
        (3) The Board of Governors may, by by-law,                  competence and to uphold the honour, dignity, and
            establish such standing committees, in                  ethical standards of the teaching profession.
            addition to those set out in subsection (1),
            as it considers expedient, and terminate any        Duties of a Member to His or Her Pupils
            standing committee so established.                  14. A member shall,
        (4) A by-law passed under subsection (3)                    (a) regard as his first duty the effective education
            establishing a standing committee shall                     of his pupils and the maintenance of a high



10     We the Teachers of Ontario
          degree of professional competence in his                 untrue, unfair or exaggerated statements with
          teaching;                                                respect to teaching; and
    (b)   endeavour to develop in his pupils an                (b) recognize a responsibility to promote respect
          appreciation of standards of excellence;                 for human rights.
    (c)   endeavour to inculcate in his pupils an
          appreciation of the principles of democracy;     Duties of a Member to the Federation
    (d)   show consistent justice and consideration in     17. A member shall co-operate with the Federation to
          all his relations with pupils;                       promote the welfare of the profession.
    (e)   refuse to divulge beyond his proper duty
          confidential information about a pupil; and      Duties of a Member to Fellow Members
    (f)   concern himself with the welfare of his pupils   18. (1) A member shall,
          while they are under his care.                           (a) avoid interfering in an unwarranted manner
                                                                       between other teachers and pupils;
Duties of a Member to Educational Authorities                      (b) on making an adverse report on another
15. (1) A member shall,                                                member, furnish him with a written
        (a) comply with the Acts and regulations                       statement of the report at the earliest
            administered by the Minister;                              possible time and not later than three days
        (b) co-operate with his educational authorities                after making the report;
            to improve public education;                           (c) notwithstanding section 18 (1) (b), a
        (c) respect the legal authority of the board of                member who makes an adverse report
            trustees in the management of the school                   about another member respecting
            and in the employment of teachers;                         suspected sexual abuse of a student by
        (d) make in the proper manner such reports                     that other member need not provide him
            concerning teachers under his authority as                 or her with a copy of the report or with any
            may be required by the board of trustees;                  information about the report. (WB02)
            and                                                    (d) refuse to accept employment with a
        (e) present in the proper manner to the                        board of trustees whose relations with the
            proper authorities the consequences to be                  Federation are unsatisfactory; and
            expected from policies or practices which              (e) where he is in an administrative or
            in his professional opinion are seriously                  supervisory position, make an honest
            detrimental to the interests of pupils.                    and determined effort to help and counsel
   (2) A member shall not,                                             a teacher before subscribing to the
        (a) break a contract of employment with a                      dismissal of that teacher.
            board of trustees;                                 (2) Under clause (c) of subsection (1), the onus
        (b) violate a written or oral agreement to enter           shall be on the member to ascertain personally
            into a contract of employment with a board             from the Federation whether an unsatisfactory
            of trustees; or                                        relationship exists.
        (c) while holding a contract of employment             (3) A member shall not attempt to gain an advantage
            with a board of trustees, make application             over other members by knowingly underbidding
            for another position the acceptance of                 another member, or knowingly applying for a
            which would necessitate his seeking                    position not properly declared vacant, or by
            the termination of his contract by mutual              negotiating for salary independently of his local
            consent of the teacher and the board                   group of fellow-members.
            of trustees, unless and until he has
            arranged with his board of trustees for        Relations and Discipline Procedure
            such termination of contract if he obtains     19. (1) In this section and Sections 20 to 28
            the other position.                                    (a) “Committee” means the Relations and
                                                                        Discipline Committee of the Ontario
Duties of a Member to the Public                                        Teachers’ Federation;
16. A member shall,                                                (b) “teaching certificate” means an Ontario
    (a) endeavour at all times to extend the public                     Teacher’s Certificate or other qualification
        knowledge of his profession and discourage

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                     to teach prescribed under Regulation 269            (a) a written signed complaint has been filed
                     as amended and revised from time to                      in the office of the secretary-treasurer of
                     time.                                                    the Federation;
         (2)    The Committee shall be composed of 10                    (b) a copy thereof has been served on
                members who are teachers, appointed by the                    the member whose conduct is being
                Board of Governors, two of whom shall be from                 investigated; and
                each affiliated body.                                    (c) the member whose conduct is being
         (3)    A person is not eligible for appointment to the               investigated has been served with notice
                Committee who,                                                of the time, place and purpose of the
                (a) holds office on a disciplinary body of an                 hearing.
                     affiliated body;                                (4) The secretary-treasurer of the Federation
                (b) holds office on the executive of an affiliated       shall,
                     body; or                                            (a) prepare and complete or cause to be
                (c) is employed by either an affiliated body or               completed a written complaint and file it
                     the Federation.                                          in the office of the secretary-treasurer of
         (4)    The Committee shall appoint one of the                        the Federation;
                members of the Committee to be chairman.                 (b) serve upon the member whose conduct
         (5)    The chairman of the Committee may assign                      is being investigated,
                a panel of five members of the Committee to                   (i) a copy of the complaint; and
                hold a hearing.                                               (ii) a notice of the hearing which shall
         (6)    Three members of the panel assigned under                          include,
                subsection (5) constitute a quorum for a                            A. statement of the time, place and
                hearing and all disciplinary decisions require                          purpose of the hearing;
                the vote of a majority of members of the                            B. a reference to the statutory
                Committee present at the hearing.                                       authority under which the hearing
         (7)    The secretary-treasurer of the Federation shall                         will be held;
                act as secretary to the Committee but shall not                     C. a statement that if the party
                participate in any decision of the Committee.                           notified does not attend at the
     20. (1)    The Committee shall,                                                    hearing the Committee may
               (a) consider complaints regarding professional                           proceed in his absence and he
                     misconduct or unethical conduct of a                               will not be entitled to any further
                     member;                                                            notice of the proceedings; and
               (b) consider applications for reinstatement                          D. a statement that the member
                     of the teaching certificate of a former                            may,
                     member or the lifting of a suspension                              1. be represented by counsel
                     thereof.                                                                or an agent;
         (2)    A hearing of the Committee shall be held                                2. call and examine witnesses;
                in camera unless the member requests                                    3. present arguments and
                otherwise by notice delivered to the Committee                               submissions; and
                not later than the day before the day fixed for                         4. conduct cross-examination
                the hearing, in which case the Committee shall                               of witnesses as reasonably
                conduct the hearing in public except when,                                   required for full and fair dis-
                (i) matters involving public security may be                                 closure of the facts in relation
                     disclosed; or                                                           to which they have given
                (ii) the possible disclosure of intimate                                     evidence; and
                     financial or personal matters outweighs         (c) make all necessary arrangements for the
                     the desirability of holding the hearing in          conduct of the hearing including,
                     public.                                             (i) the appointment of counsel for the
         (3)    No hearing in respect of alleged professional                 Federation;
                misconduct or unethical conduct shall be                 (ii) the arrangement for oral evidence to be
                conducted by the Committee unless,                            recorded; and



12     We the Teachers of Ontario
          (iii) the notification to all members of the                   or unethical conduct if in the opinion of the
                Co mittee of the time and place of the                   Committee he has contravened any of the
                hearing.                                                 provisions of Sections 13 to 18.
21.   In proceedings before the Committee, the                     (2)   In the case of hearings into complaints
      Federation and the member whose professional                       of professional misconduct and unethical
      misconduct or unethical conduct, or reinstatement                  conduct, the Committee shall,
      is being investigated shall be parties to the                      (a) consider the allegations, hear the evidence
      proceedings.                                                            and ascertain the facts of the case;
22.   (1) A member whose professional misconduct or                      (b) determine whether upon the evidence and
          unethical conduct or reinstatement is being                         the facts so ascertained the allegations
          investigated shall be afforded an opportunity                       have been proved;
          to examine, before the hearing, any written or                 (c) determine whether in respect of the
          documentary evidence that will be produced or                       allegations so proved, the member is guilty
          any report, the contents of which will be given                     of professional misconduct or unethical
          in evidence at the hearing.                                         conduct; and
      (2) Members of the Committee conducting the                        (d) determine the penalty to be imposed, as
          hearing shall not,                                                  hereinafter provided, in cases in which
          (a) have taken part before the hearing in the                       it finds a member guilty of professional
                investigation of the subject matter of the                    misconduct or unethical conduct.
                complaint;                                         (3)   Where the Committee finds a member guilty of
          (b) have taken part in any previous hearing                    professional misconduct or unethical conduct,
                involving the member whose professional                  it shall,
                misconduct, unethical conduct or                         (a) recommend to the Minister the cancellation
                reinstatement is being investigated; or                       of the teaching certificate of the
          (c) communicate directly or indirectly in                           member;
                relation to the subject matter of the                    (b) recommend to the Minister the suspension
                hearing with any person or with any party                     for a stated fixed period of the teaching
                or representative of a party, except upon                     certificate of the member;
                notice to and opportunity for all parties to                  or
                participate.                                             (c) reprimand the member, or proceed with
23.   (1) The evidence before the Committee shall                             any combination of the foregoing.
          be recorded by a person appointed by the             26. (1)   Where the Federation receives a request
          chairman of the Committee.                                     for a recommendation in respect of the
      (2) Nothing is admissible in evidence before the                   reinstatement of a teaching certificate of a
          Committee that would be inadmissible in a civil                former member or the lifting of the suspension
          case and the findings of the Committee shall                   thereof, the secretary-treasurer shall refer the
          be based exclusively on evidence before it.                    matter to the Committee for a hearing.
      (3) No member of the Committee shall participate             (2)   Following a hearing under subsection (1), the
          in the decision of the Committee unless he has                 Committee shall recommend to the Minister
          been present throughout the hearing.                           that the teaching certificate be reinstated or
24.   At a hearing before the Committee, a party to the                  the suspension lifted, or that the teaching
      proceedings may,                                                   certificate remain cancelled or the suspension
      (a) be represented by counsel or an agent;                         not be lifted, as the case may be.
      (b) call and examine witnesses;                          27. (1)   The Committee shall give its decision and
      (c) present arguments and submissions; and                         recommendation, if any, under subsections
      (d) conduct cross-examination of witnesses as                      25.(3) or 26.(2) in writing and shall give
          reasonably required for full and fair disclosure               reasons in writing, therefor, if requested by a
          of the facts in relation to which they have given              party.
          evidence.                                                (2)   The decision of the Committee shall be served
25.   (1) A member may be found guilty by the                            upon the parties.
          Committee of a professional misconduct



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     28. Any notice or other document required to be served     The language in this section is quoted directly from
         by this regulation may be served by pre-paid           the Regulation made under the Teaching Profession
         first class mail addressed to the person to whom       Act. The non-inclusive language is within the purview
         notice is to be given at his last known address and    of the Legislature.
         where notice is served by mail, the service shall be
         deemed to have been made on the fifth day after
         the day of mailing unless the person to whom the
         notice is given establishes that he, acting in good
         faith, due to absence, accident, illness or other
         cause beyond his control, did not receive the notice
         or did not receive the notice until a later date.

     Evidencing Regulations and Resolutions
     29. Regulations made by and resolutions passed by
         the Board of Governors may be evidenced by the
         signatures of the president and the secretary-
         treasurer of the Federation.
     30. (1) This Regulation comes into force on the 1st
             day of January 1986, and applies in respect
             of any complaint of professional misconduct
             or unethical conduct filed in the office of the
             secretary-treasurer of the Federation on or
             after that date, and in respect of a request
             referred to in Section 26 received by the
             Federation on or after that date.
         (2) The provisions of the Regulation made under
             the Teaching Profession Act that are revoked
             by this Regulation shall continue to apply to
             any matter or proceeding brought thereunder
             and not disposed of prior to the 1st day of
             January 1986 notwithstanding the coming into
             force of this Regulation.

     _________________________________________
     1. The Regulation has not been updated to reflect the
        changes in the Teaching Profession Act in 1997
        or the changes in 2000. In such a case, the Act
        takes precedence.
     2. Subject to Cabinet approval
     3. Subject to Cabinet approval

     *     As of July 1, 1998, these two organizations have
           come together to form the Elementary Teachers'
           Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

     **    Until other changes proposed by OTF are
           legislated, the Teaching Profession Act remains
           as is.




14        We the Teachers of Ontario
By-laws Of the
                                                                 following rules will apply to ensure that each
                                                                 Affiliate has the number of members to which it is
                                                                 entitled.

OntariO                                                          (a) As of the effective date of the By-Law I revision,
                                                                       teachers in schools with both elementary and


teaChers’
                                                                       secondary students be allowed to retain their
                                                                       present membership as long as they remain in
                                                                       that school or type of school within the board.


federatiOn
                                                                       A teacher who does not choose to retain
                                                                       present membership shall be assigned Affiliate
                                                                       membership under (c) below. (SB84)
                                                                 (b) A teacher transferring from a school with
                                                                       both elementary and secondary students to a
                                                                       regular elementary or secondary school will
                                                                       become a member of the appropriate Affiliate.
BY-LAW I         MEMBERSHIP                                            (SB84)
1. A statutory member, as defined in the Teaching                (c) A teacher assigned to a school with both
   Profession Act, of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation                 elementary and secondary students shall
   shall be a member of an affiliated body, and                        have Affiliate membership determined by the
   the appropriate fee shall be forwarded thereto,                     number of students in each panel within that
   except in cases where the membership has been                       school, except that such assignment must
   suspended or cancelled by an affiliated body.                       ensure that balance is maintained within the
   (SB81)                                                              system, such a balance to take into account
Subject to Section 2 (d) below:                                        the student-teacher ratio in each panel. This
2. (a) Teachers teaching all or a major portion of their               membership shall be maintained as long as the
        assignment in an elementary public school or                   teacher remains in this type of school within
        classes shall be members of ETFO. (SB98)                       the board. (SB84)
   (b) Teachers teaching all or a major portion of their         (d) The Affiliate membership of a teacher who
        assignment in a separate school or classes                     is new to a board and who is assigned to
        shall be members of OECTA ;                                    teach in a school with both elementary and
   (c) Teachers teaching all or a major portion of                     secondary students will be designated to
        their assignment in a public secondary school                  correct an imbalance of members by Affiliate
        or classes shall be members of OSSTF.                          in the system. (SB84)
        (WB83);                                               5. (a) A teacher who exchanges position with a
   (d) Teachers teaching all or a major portion of their               teacher in another panel in order that both
        assignment in a French language school or                      may gain career development shall maintain
        French language classes in a French language                   previous Affiliate membership during the
        school board shall be members of AEFO. A                       period of the exchange to a maximum of two
        school authority shall be considered a district                years.
        school board. (AB98)                                     (b) A teacher who has been granted an exchange
Notwithstanding Section 2:                                             by the board under Section 5 (a), shall notify
3. A teacher whose assignment qualifies equally for                    OTF in writing prior to the commencement of
   membership in more than one Affiliate shall be:                     the exchange. (SB85)
   (i) a member of the Affiliate to which the teacher         6. A teacher who is appointed to a position involving
        belonged before the assignment, or                       cross-panel responsibilities in such areas
   (ii) in the case of a newly employed teacher, a               as curriculum development, co-ordination or
        member of the Affiliate of the individual’s choice,      consultation shall be a statutory member of OTF
        with the retention of such membership as long            and shall retain the Affiliate membership held
        as the assignment continues. (SB84)                      before the appointment. (SB81)
4. For teachers in public schools having both
   elementary and secondary school students, the



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     7. The application of this by-law (By-Law I, Sections           (d) Fellowship in the Ontario Teachers’ Federation
         1 through 6) may be appealed to the OTF                          may be conferred on any person who, in the
         Executive.                                                       opinion of the Board of Governors, has given
     8. Any request to change from one affiliated body to                 outstanding service to education and/or to the
         another by a statutory member of the Federation                  Ontario Teachers’ Federation.
         shall be referred to the Executive of the Ontario           (e) Fellowship in the Ontario Teachers’ Federation
         Teachers’ Federation, who, in conjunction with the               may be conferred on any person who, in the
         executives of the Affiliates concerned, will have the            opinion of the Board of Governors, has:
         power to change the affiliation of the member, for               (i) enhanced the image of women in the field
         a reason. (AB91)                                                       of education;
     9. (a) An occasional teacher is deemed to be                         (ii) advocated equal opportunity for all
              employed as a teacher on the first day of the                     students;
              month in which the individual is first employed             (iii) advocated social issues, particularly as
              as a teacher.                                                     they impact upon women and children;
         (b) An occasional teacher ceases to be a                         (iv) furthered the positive image of women in
              member 60 school days from the last day of                        their community;
              employment.                                                 (v) contributed to the elimination of stereotyping
         (c) Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b),                           in the school program. (AB87)
              where an occasional teacher qualifies for              (f) The Executive shall make the necessary
              membership again during a school year, the                  arrangements to honour each approved
              teacher is deemed to have been a continuous                 candidate at the Annual Meeting or at some
              member. (SB00)                                              other suitable time.
     10. (a) Application for voluntary membership shall              (g) Every member who is to be granted a
              be submitted through an affiliated body to the              Fellowship in the Ontario Teachers’ Federation
              Board of Governors.                                         shall:
         (b) The OTF Executive is authorized by the                       (i) be invited to attend the Annual Dinner
              Board of Governors to approve voluntary                           of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation
              membership. (WB74)                                                at Federation expense, and shall be
     11. If under clause 6.(3) of the Teaching Profession Act,                  presented to the Board of Governors to
         a Secretary-Treasurer is elected or appointed who                      receive the award;
         is not a member of the OTF, the said Secretary-                  (ii) be given a diploma together with a
         Treasurer, if a teacher, shall be eligible to become                   memento suitably inscribed for the
         a voluntary member under Regulation 2 without                          occasion;
         membership in an affiliated body and without                     (iii) have a photograph and a printed copy
         prejudice to Membership By-Law I, Sections 1                           of the citation mounted on a single page
         and 8.                                                                 and kept in a loose-leaf, leather covered,
     12. A Fellowship in the Ontario Teachers’ Federation                       properly inscribed folder (this record to
         may be awarded by the Board of Governors.                              be cumulative) and on display at every
     13. (a) The Ontario Teachers’ Federation Board                             Annual Meeting of the Ontario Teachers’
              of Governors shall determine who shall be                         Federation Board of Governors; (SB84)
              eligible for Fellowship in the Ontario Teachers’            (iv) be deemed to be an honorary member
              Federation.                                                       of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and
         (b) The Executive and/or an Affiliate shall                            may be present at meetings of the Board
              nominate candidates for Fellowship in the                         of Governors without the right to vote.
              Ontario Teachers’ Federation to the Board          14. The Past President of OTF shall be appointed a
              of Governors prior to the Spring Meeting in            Fellow at the Annual Meeting at which retirement
              April.                                                 from the position of President takes place.
         (c) Fellowship in the Ontario Teachers’ Federation          (SB84)
              shall be conferred on any nominee who, in the      15. All other Fellows shall be elected by the members
              opinion of the Board of Governors, has given           of the Board of Governors by ballot at the Spring
              outstanding service to the Ontario Teachers’           Meeting, and the OTF Executive shall conduct
              Federation. (SB78)                                     such elections.

16     We the Teachers of Ontario
16. The OTF Executive may nominate for Fellowship                   the Board of Governors by a person who is a
    a person who is not a member of OTF. Not more                   member, according to subsection (d).
    than one such nomination shall be made in any one         (d) An Affiliate may make a substitution for
    Federation year and such nominee must receive a                 a member of the Board of Governors on
    minimum of 26 votes from the Board of Governors                 occasions when a Governor must be absent
    to be elected a Fellow. (SB06)                                  from the meeting or portions of the meeting.
17. Each year, each Affiliate of OTF may nominate                   Such substitution shall be a former member
    one or more members, past members, or current                   of the Board of Governors or an executive
    or former Affiliate employees or Affiliate Executive            member of an Affiliate or member-elect
    members who are not members, to become                          of the Board of Governors. The Affiliate
    OTF Fellows. The four individuals nominated                     general secretary shall table with the Steering
    by the Affiliates who have received the largest                 Committee a list of eligible substitutes prior to
    number of votes cast by the Governors shall be                  the opening session of each Board meeting.
    elected, providing that the nominee has received                (AB04)
    a minimum of 26 votes and provided also that one       2. Meetings of the Board of Governors shall be
    nominee per Affiliate may be elected. (SB06)              open to all members of the Ontario Teachers’
18. Five members or past members may be elected               Federation.
    each year from five or more nominations made by        3. Each member of the Board of Governors, each
    the OTF Executive. The five receiving the largest         committee chairperson, and at the Annual Meeting,
    number of votes shall be elected provided each            each member-elect of the Board of Governors,
    has received a minimum of 26 votes from the               shall be entitled to receive for expenses at regular
    Board of Governors. (SB06)                                or special meetings of the Board of Governors:
19. The maximum number of votes cast by each                  (a) Return transportation for the required distance
    Governor under the provisions of the sections                   traveled to and from the place of meeting, or
    relating to Fellowship shall be the maximum                     reimbursement at a rate to be decided by the
    number of Fellows who may be elected under                      Board of Governors at each Annual Meeting,
    those sections, (i.e., Section 16 – 1 vote; Section             if the member’s car is used for transportation.
    17 – 5 votes; Section 18 – 5 votes). (SB06)                     (AB79)
20. All Fellows may use the letters FOTF and are              (b) Actual costs of meals in transit and hotel
    encouraged to do so.                                            accommodation and meals while at the
21. Any Fellow may suggest names for nominations                    meeting.
    to the OTF Executive.                                     (c) Reimbursement for care for children and
                                                                    dependent adults who require paid care in
BY-LAW II          BOARD OF GOVERNORS                               the absence of the member, at a rate to be
1. The Board of Governors shall consist of members                  decided by the Board of Governors at each
   of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation selected by the              Annual Meeting. (WB91)
   affiliated bodies as under the Teaching Profession      4. When a meeting of an affiliated body immediately
   Act 5(1).                                                  precedes or follows a meeting of the Board of
   (a) Notwithstanding the requirement of section             Governors or an OTF committee, or when the two
         1 of this By-law, where an individual who is         meetings are separated by an interval of one or
         not a teacher holds an office referred to in         more days, the Ontario Teachers’ Federation will
         section 5(1)1 of the Teaching Profession Act,        assume responsibility for expenses of members
         that person shall be a member of the Board           of the Board of Governors or OTF committee
         of Governors.                                        who are also delegates to the said meeting of the
   (b) A Governor of OTF who is not a member of               affiliated body and who elect to remain in the place
         OTF but is a Governor under section 5(1)1 of         of meeting as follows:
         the Teaching Profession Act and under By-law         (a) One-half the transportation expenses,
         II, 1, (a) shall not vote on any matter dealing            including meals, incurred in transit.
         with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.             (b) One-half the living expenses incurred in the
   (c) A Governor who is not a member of OTF may                    interval between the two meetings.
         be replaced for a vote on pension issues at          (c) All the living expenses incurred during the
                                                                    meeting of the Board of Governors or of an
                                                                    OTF committee.
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     5. That the expense accounts of each member                   (c) The vote on a pension issue of an Executive
        and member-elect of the Board of Governors, at                  member who is excluded from voting under
        any properly constituted meeting of the Board of                section 3 of this by-law may be re-assigned
        Governors, be processed and paid in accordance                  to another member of the OTF Executive from
        with Section 3, By-Law II, in the same manner                   the same Affiliate. (AB04)
        as expense accounts for the Executive and other      2.    The Executive shall carry on the business of the
        regular committees of OTF.                                 Board of Governors between meetings of the
     6. On fee and final budget resolutions, a double              Board, subject to subsequent ratification by the
        majority vote is required. (AB98)                          Board of Governors.
                                                             3.    The Executive is empowered to engage a solicitor
     BY-LAW IIA      VOTING BY DOUBLE                              or solicitors as and when deemed necessary.
                     MAJORITY (AB98)                         4.    The Executive is empowered (if and when
     1. A double majority is a majority of Governors and           necessary) to take legal action to enforce collection
        a majority of Governors representing a majority of         of membership fees.
        members.                                             5.    (a) Interviews and communications (other than
     2. For the purpose of determining a majority of                    those referred to in Section 10 of the Act) with
        Governors representing a majority of members,                   the Minister of Education or other officials of
        the following formula shall apply:                              the Ministry of Education shall be through and
        (a) The number of members for each Affiliate                    with the consent of the Executive.
            rounded to the nearest 1,000 shall be                  (b) The Executive, in submitting reports or
            determined by the Secretary-Treasurer, based                recommendations to the Minister of Education,
            on the fees received, by December 1 of the                  or other officials of the Ministry of Education,
            year immediately preceding the beginning of                 shall, when necessary, take the committee
            the calendar year.                                          member or members who can best present
        (b) The Secretary-Treasurer, at the Winter                      the information required.
            Meeting of the Board of Governors, shall               (c) If the Executive desires to send a committee
            assign the votes for 1/10th of the number of                for discussion or if the Minister requests
            members from an Affiliate to each Governor                  the Executive to arrange a conference
            representing that Affiliate.                                between Ministry officials and a committee,
        (c) The votes assigned in (b) shall be used to                  the Executive shall be represented on the
            determine the majority of members in all votes              committee. (SB84)
            requiring a double majority taken during the     6.    All deeds, mortgages, conveyances, agreements,
            calendar year.                                         leases, and other documents, required to be
                                                                   executed for the purpose of the Federation,
     BY-LAW III       THE EXECUTIVE                                shall be signed by the Secretary-Treasurer and
     1. The OTF Executive shall consist of members of              countersigned by the President, or in the case of
        the Ontario Teachers’ Federation who are named             the inability of the President to act, another signing
        as members of the Executive under section 6(1)             officer appointed by the Executive.
        1 and 6(1) 2 of the Teaching Profession Act.         7.    The Executive may arrange with a school board for
        (a) Notwithstanding the requirement of section             leave of absence for OTF members on Federation
            1 of this by-law, where an individual who is           business and is hereby empowered to pay to such
            not a teacher holds an office referred to in           members the expenses incurred.
            section 6(1)2 of the Teaching Profession Act,    8.    The Executive shall appoint annually a House
            that person shall be a member of the OTF               Committee for the management of Federation
            Executive.                                             House.
        (b) An Executive member who is not a member of       9.    Each member of the Executive shall be reimbursed
            OTF but is a member of the Executive under             for transportation and accommodation expenses
            section 6(1) 2 of the Teaching Profession Act          incurred by reason of attendance at regular or
            shall not vote or represent the members on             special meetings of the Executive.
            any matter dealing with the Ontario Teachers’    10.   Each member of the Executive shall be reimbursed
            Pension Plan.                                          for care for children and dependent adults who



18     We the Teachers of Ontario
    require paid care in the absence of the member,                  (f) Be a signing officer of the Federation and
    at a rate to be decided by the Board of Governors                    be responsible for the payment of money,
    at each Annual Meeting. (WB91)                                       and shall pay out and dispose of the same
11. The Executive shall, in its role as the representative               under the direction of the Executive.
    of the members of the pension plan as under                      (g) Keep proper accounts and records of
    the Teaching Profession Act (TPA) 9(d), hold a                       all receipts and disbursements of the
    meeting each year for the purpose of consultation                    Federation.
    with organizations representing the members                      (h) Keep a record of all relations cases
    of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan who are                        referred to the Federation and the action
    not statutory members of the Ontario Teachers'                       of the Federation thereon.
    Federation (OTF) as designated in OTF's Pension                  (i) Perform such other duties as may be
    Negotiation Structures Document. (SB01)                              assigned by the Executive or by the
                                                                         President.
BY-LAW IV        OFFICERS                                        (2) The Secretary-Treasurer shall be bonded.
1. President: The President shall be the chief
   presiding officer at all meetings of the Board of         BY-LAW V          COMMITTEES
   Governors and the Executive. The President shall          1. (1) There shall be standing committees as
   see that all orders and resolutions of the Board                 follows:
   of Governors and Executive are carried out, and                  (i) Legislation
   shall perform such other duties as the Board of                  (ii) Pension
   Governors or Executive may from time to time                     (iii) Teacher Education
   determine by resolution. (WB91)                                  (iv) Status of Women
2. First Vice-President: In the absence of the                      (v) International Assistance (AB98)
   President or at the request of the President, the            (2) The committees shall study and report on such
   First Vice-President shall perform the duties and                matters as may be:
   exercise the powers of the President. The First                  (i) referred to them by the Board of Governors
   Vice-President shall perform such other duties                         and/or the Executive of the Federation;
   as the Board of Governors or the Executive shall                 (ii) undertaken by them with the approval of
   direct by resolution.                                                  either of the aforementioned bodies;
3. Second Vice-President: In the absence of the                     (iii) pertinent to that committee and introduced
   First Vice-President, the Second Vice-President                        by one of its members. (AB98)
   shall perform the duties and exercise the powers             (3) A committee under Section 1 shall,
   of the First Vice-President. The Second Vice-                    (a) be composed of a representative of
   President shall perform such other duties as the                       each affiliated body, together with the
   Board of Governors or the Executive shall direct                       President and Secretary-Treasurer of the
   by resolution.                                                         Federation; and
4. Secretary-Treasurer                                              (b) be convened by a member designated
   (1) The Secretary-Treasurer shall:                                     by the Executive following the Annual
       (a) Keep proper minutes of all meetings of the                     Meeting of the Board of Governors.
            Board of Governors and the Executive.                         (AB99)
       (b) File a copy of correspondence after                  (4) The Board of Governors may, by by-law,
            dealing with it as may be necessary.                    establish such standing committees, in
       (c) Perform such duties as are necessary to                  addition to those set out in Section 1, as
            collect fees from the Affiliates. (AB98)                it considers expedient, and terminate any
       (d) Receive from each Affiliate the OTF fee.                 standing committee so established. (AB99)
            (AB98)                                              (5) A by-law passed under Section 4 establishing
       (e) Have the care and interest of all the funds              a standing committee shall make provision for
            and securities of the Federation and                    the composition of the committee. (AB99)
            shall deposit the same in the name of the           (6) Clause (b) of Section 3 applies to a standing
            Federation in such bank or banks as the                 committee established under Section 4.
            Board of Governors may direct.                          (AB99)



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     Committee Procedure:                                         Secretary-Treasurer, the President, and other
     2. (a) Ontario Teachers’ Federation committees               signing officers appointed by the Executive.
            should give precedence to motions directed
            to them by the Board of Governors or the          BY-LAW VIII FINANCIAL YEAR
            Federation Executive.                             1. The financial year shall terminate at the close of
        (b) Recommendations from the Affiliates where            business June 30 of each year.
            possible should be brought in through the
            Board of Governors. Where this is not             BY-LAW IX      AUDITORS
            possible, they should be referred to the          1. The Board of Governors at each Annual Meeting
            committee through the OTF Executive.                 shall appoint an auditor or auditors to audit the
        (c) The chairperson should prepare a definite            books and accounts of the Federation.
            agenda for the meeting and minutes of the
            meeting should be sent to the Federation office   BY-LAW X          FEES (AB98)
            for typing and distribution after a committee     1. The Affiliate shall pay the Federation for each
            meeting. (SB84)                                      member an annual membership fee as approved
     Expenses:                                                   by the Board of Governors.
     3. (a) Each committee member shall be reimbursed         2. The Federation shall receive the regular
            for transportation and accommodation                 membership fee on a full-time equivalent basis.
            expenses incurred by reason of attendance            (AB99)
            at a regular/standing/executive work group/       3. The fee for occasional teachers shall be paid
            task force committee meeting.                        on a full-time equivalent basis. (SB98 effective
        (b) Reimbursement for care for children and              1.4.98)
            dependent adults who require paid care in         4. Each affiliated body shall forward the annual
            the absence of the member, at a rate to be           membership fee to OTF in accordance with a
            decided by the Board of Governors at each            schedule as approved by the OTF Executive.
            Annual Meeting. (WB91)                            5. The Federation shall receive from the affiliated
                                                                 body for each voluntary member, a sum set by the
     BY-LAW VI       BANKING                                     Board of Governors.
     1. The bank account(s) of the Federation shall be        6. If an affiliated body is in default of any payment of
        kept in a chartered bank of Canada, as the Board         fees pursuant to the Fee Schedule and that default
        of Governors may designate. All monies received          has not been corrected within 30 days of the date
        by the Federation shall be deposited therein.            of the default, the claim for non-payment of fees
     2. All monies received by the Federation in Trust           shall be referred to mediation/arbitration subject
        shall be deposited in a separate Trust account and       to the following conditions:
        shall be kept separate from the Federation’s own         (a) The mediator/arbitrator shall be chosen by
        funds.                                                        OTF from a list of mediators pre-approved by
     3. All payments of accounts, other than petty                    both the OTF Executive and the Affiliates.
        disbursements, shall be made by cheque signed            (b) The mediator/arbitrator shall have the power to
        by any two of the Secretary-Treasurer, the                    order payment of outstanding fees and interest
        President, and other signing officers appointed by            (simple or compound).
        the Executive.                                           (c) The decision of the mediator/arbitrator shall be
                                                                      final and binding upon the parties. (AB03)
     BY-LAW VII     BORROWING
     1. The Executive shall have power to borrow money        BY-LAW XI       OFFICE AND HEADQUARTERS
        from any chartered bank or any person, either         1. The office of the Federation shall be in Toronto.
        by way of overdraft, discount, loan, or otherwise,       The Executive shall lease or otherwise secure
        and upon such terms as it deems proper, and may          such office space as may be required to carry on
        hypothecate, pledge, or mortgage any assets of           the business of the Federation.
        the Federation to secure the indebtedness. All
        promissory notes or other evidence of indebtedness
        shall be signed by any two of the following: the


20     We the Teachers of Ontario
BY-LAW XII       ONTARIO TEACHERS'                                 appointments to the Ontario Teachers' Pension
                 PENSION PLAN BOARD                                Plan Board once ratified;
1. OTPP Board of Directors (SB06)                              (f) In the case of a vacancy consequent to the
   Pursuant to the Teachers' Pension Act and the                   death, incapacity, resignation, or removal
   Partners' Agreement made under it, the Executive                of a director, the Secretary-Treasurer shall
   of the Federation shall appoint four directors to               present recommendations to the Executive
   the Board of Directors of the Ontario Teachers'                 according to the selection and appointment
   Pension Plan, subject to ratification by the Board              procedures.
   of Governors.                                            3. Adjudication Committee (WB96)
        In general, each of the four directors appointed       The Federation shall appoint teacher representatives
   should have pension expertise and expertise in at           to the Adjudication Committee of the Teachers’
   least one or more of the following:                         Pension Plan in the following manner:
   (a) The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and the              (a) ETFO in 2001 shall appoint a teacher
        Ontario Teachers' Federation;                              adjudicator to take office on January 1, 2002,
   (b) pension plan benefits and structures;                       and every second year thereafter shall appoint
   (c) pension finance and investment                              a teacher adjudicator to take office on January
        The Federation shall ensure that there is a                1 of the following year. (WB01)
   minimum of one appointee with expert knowledge              (b) AEFO, in 1995, shall appoint a teacher
   in each of the three areas listed in (a) through                adjudicator to take office on January 1, 1996
   (c).                                                            and every second year thereafter shall appoint
2. Appointment to OTPP Board of                                    a teacher adjudicator to take office on January
   Directors (SB06)                                                1 of the following year.
   By the end of February each year, the Secretary-            (c) OECTA, in 1996, shall appoint a teacher
   Treasurer shall develop a list of potential candidates          adjudicator to take office on January 1, 1997
   to serve as directors of the Ontario Teachers'                  and every second year thereafter shall appoint
   Pension Plan. Names of potential candidates                     a teacher adjudicator to take office on January
   shall be solicited from the Affiliates and from other           1 of the following year.
   stakeholder groups represented by OTF in the                (d) OSSTF, in 1996, shall appoint a teacher
   Plan, with the understanding that it is OTF that                adjudicator to take office on January 1, 1997
   makes the appointments.                                         and every second year thereafter shall appoint
   (a) The Selection Committee shall be comprised                  a teacher adjudicator to take office on January
        of the Committee of General Secretaries and                1 of the following year.
        the President, First Vice-President, Second            (e) RTO, in 1996, shall appoint a teacher
        Vice President and Past President of OTF;                  adjudicator to take office on January 1, 1997
   (b) Prior to the end of February, the Selection                 and every second year thereafter shall appoint
        Committee shall conduct interviews with those              a teacher adjudicator to take office on January
        directors whose terms expire at the end of the             1 of the following year.
        calendar year and make recommendations to              (f) The appointment procedures shall be
        the Executive regarding re-appointment;                    determined by the by-laws and procedures of
   (c) In the event of a new appointment, the                      the Affiliate involved or RTO.
        Selection Committee shall review the list of           (g) The Secretary of the Affiliate and of RTO
        potential candidates and interview candidates              shall report the appointment to the Secretary-
        thought to be appropriate. The Selection                   Treasurer of OTF who shall inform the Chair of
        Committee shall bring a recommendation to                  the Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. (WB96)
        the Executive;
   (d) The final recommendation of the Executive            BY-LAW XIII      CANADIAN TEACHERS'
        shall be forwarded to the Annual Meeting of                          FEDERATION
        the OTF Board of Governors for ratification;        1.   OTF shall be represented at the Canadian
   (e) The Secretary-Treasurer shall implement the               Teachers' Federation by the President of OTF, or
        selection and appointment procedures as                  in the absence of the President, by the Secretary-
        approved by the Executive and report new                 Treasurer. (AB04)



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     BY-LAW XIV         POLICY                                         (b) By a nine-tenths vote of the members
     The Board of Governors should do all in its power to                  registered at a meeting of the Board of
     reach agreement in matters of policy and care should                  Governors, a previous notice not having been
     be taken to see that sufficient time is given all Affiliates          given.
     to discuss the proposed policy, in an effort to reach          2. By-Law X may be changed:
     agreement. This having been done,                                 (a) By a double majority vote of the Board of
     1. An OTF policy may be established or amended by                     Governors, provided that notice of motion has
         a double majority vote. (WB99)                                    been introduced at a previous meeting of the
     2. Matters brought up in discussion at a Board of                     Board of Governors.
         Governors’ meeting with the view to establishing an           (b) By unanimous vote of the members registered
         OTF policy, and to which any one or more Affiliates               at a meeting of the Board of Governors, a
         cannot agree, must be referred to all the Affiliates              previous notice not having been given.
         for further study.                                         3. By-Laws XIV, XV, XVI, XVII may be amended:
     3. When matters brought up in discussion at a Board               (a) By a double majority vote, provided that notice
         of Governors’ meeting with the view to establishing               of motion of amendment has been sent by the
         OTF policy are referred to the Affiliates for study,              Secretary-Treasurer to the secretaries of the
         the Board of Governors may decide on a time limit                 affiliated bodies at least 11 months prior to the
         for the Affiliates to bring forth their views before              meeting.
         vote is taken, as referred to in 1.                           (b) By unanimous vote of the members registered
     4. An OTF policy may be withdrawn by a double                         at a meeting of the Board of Governors, a
         majority vote, provided that notice of motion                     previous notice not having been given.
         has been sent by the Secretary-Treasurer to the
         secretaries of the affiliated bodies at least 30 days
         prior to the meeting; or by a nine-tenths vote of          BY-LAW XVII        PROPOSED AMENDMENTS
         the members registered at a meeting of the Board                              TO THE TEACHING
         of Governors, a previous notice not having been                               PROFESSION ACT
         given. (WB99)                                              Before the Ontario Teachers’ Federation may request
                                                                    the Government of Ontario through the Legislature
     BY-LAW XV PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE                           to amend the Teaching Profession Act, the proposed
                     REGULATION MADE UNDER THE                      amendments shall have been approved:
                     TEACHING PROFESSION ACT                        1. By a double majority vote, provided that notice
                     (WB/99)                                            of motion of the proposed amendment has been
     Before the Ontario Teachers’ Federation may request                sent by the Secretary-Treasurer to the secretaries
     the Ministry to amend the Regulation, the proposed                 of the affiliated bodies at least 30 days prior to the
     amendments must have been approved:                                meeting. (WB99)
     1. By a double majority vote provided that notice of           2. By a nine-tenths vote of the members registered at
         motion of the proposed amendment has been sent                 a meeting of the Board of Governors, a previous
         by the Secretary-Treasurer to the secretaries of               notice not having been given.
         the affiliated bodies at least 30 days prior to that
         meeting.
     2. By a nine-tenths vote of the members registered at
         a meeting of the Board of Governors, a previous
         notice not having been given.

     BY-LAW XVI AMENDMENTS (WB99)
     1. By-laws, except By-Laws X, XIV, XV, XVI and XVII,
        may be amended:
        (a) By a double majority vote, provided that notice
            of motion of amendment has been sent by the
            Secretary-Treasurer to the secretaries of the
            affiliated bodies at least 30 days prior to the
            meeting.

22     We the Teachers of Ontario
areas Of
                                                                   (c) To make available such information to the OTF
                                                                         Executive and Board of Governors and to the
                                                                         Affiliate executives.

resPOnsiBility                                                     (d) To function as a clearinghouse to the Affiliates
                                                                         and teachers regarding various Affiliate and


Of the OntariO
                                                                         other opportunities in the areas of curriculum
                                                                         and professional development activities.
                                                             12.   (a) To develop and fund special projects in specific


teaChers’
                                                                         areas or disciplines as are approved by the
                                                                         Board of Governors where such projects are
                                                                         not in conflict with the expressed need of any

federatiOn
                                                                         Affiliate.
                                                                   (b) To develop upon request of an Affiliate or the
                                                                         OTF Executive and on a total cost recovery
                                                                         basis such special projects (i.e. conferences,
                                                                         workshops, etc.) as are approved by the OTF
It is the responsibility of OTF:                                         Board of Governors.
 1. To provide leadership and to co-ordinate, facilitate     13.   (a) To represent the teaching profession in all
      and complement the work of the Affiliates in the                   matters relating to teachers’ pensions.
      field of teacher education.                                  (b) To keep the members informed in all matters
2. To speak on behalf of Ontario teachers on matters                     affecting teachers’ pensions. (AB90)
      of concern to the profession where such statement      14.   To be the co-ordinating agent where united study
      is not in conflict with the views of any Affiliate.          or action is required or desired with respect to
3. To represent the teaching profession in all                     policies in the area of educational finance.
      legislation affecting education.                       15.   To share with the Affiliates authority in public
4. To provide services to OTF members in their choice              relations.
      of one of the two official languages of Canada.        16.   To collect the professional fees of the teachers
      (AB91)                                                       in the province and remit to each Affiliate such
5. To share with the Affiliates authority in relations             balance as is required by the by-laws of the
      and discipline matters.                                      Federation. (AB78)
6. To be the co-ordinating agent where united study          17.   To foster and maintain, in co-operation with the
      or action is required or desired with respect to             Affiliates, CTF, Education International and other
      legislation in the area of teacher welfare.                  appropriate agencies, relationships with teachers
7. To be the co-ordinating agent in the development                and teachers’ organizations throughout the world,
      of a regular presentation to the provincial Cabinet          and to provide support and assistance under the
      on a major educational issue.                                direction of the OTF Board of Governors. (AB89)
8. To represent the teachers of Ontario in the               18.   (a) To be the co-ordinating agent in the monitoring
      Canadian Teachers’ Federation.                                     of the work of the Ontario College of Teachers.
9. To consider directly cases of possible suspension                     (AB98)
      or cancellation of certificates.                             (b) To hold regular meetings with the elected
10. To strive for the licensing of teachers by the                       councillors of the Ontario College of Teachers
      teaching profession.                                               to:
11. (a) To monitor and evaluate curriculum and                          (i) discuss directions for the council and the
           professional development policies of the                            college;
           Government of Ontario and all other educational              (ii) review relevant OTF policies and
           agencies.                                                           procedures;
      (b) To monitor and conduct research to collect                    (iii) develop advice to the OTF on college
           information on current trends and innovations                       matters; and
           in curriculum theory and planning, and                       (iv) to prepare reports to affiliated bodies.
           professional development.                                           (AB98)




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     POliCy
                                                                     (b) to the Ministry of Education.
                                                                  D. (a) That each Affiliate respect the established
                                                                         collective bargaining relationships of every

     resOlutiOns                                                         other Affiliate. (WB06)




     Of the OntariO
                                                                  II        PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
                                                                  It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
                                                                  A. Tutoring


     teaChers'
                                                                        1. That any member tutoring a pupil consult with
                                                                            the teacher of the pupil concerned.
                                                                        2. That no member shall accept remuneration


     federatiOn
                                                                            for tutoring the member’s own pupils unless
                                                                            exceptional circumstances prevail.
                                                                  B. Work in Other Occupations
                                                                        1. That a member who undertakes work in an
                                                                            occupation outside the teaching profession
         Policy means stand taken by the Board of Governors
                                                                            become a member of the union and/or
     of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation on principles of
                                                                            professional association which regulates the
     general concern to the membership.
                                                                            conduct of the members of the occupation.
           A policy may be established or amended by a
                                                                        2. That a member not engage in outside
     double majority vote as described in By-Law XIV.
                                                                            employment that could prove detrimental to
           A policy may be withdrawn by a double majority
                                                                            the individual’s educational duties.
     vote, provided that notice of motion has been sent
                                                                  C. Professional Relationships
     by the Secretary-Treasurer to the secretaries of the
                                                                        1. That member(s) refrain from personal
     affiliated bodies at least 30 days prior to the meeting;
                                                                            deprecation of other member(s).
     or by a nine-tenths vote of the members registered at
                                                                  D. Negotiations
     a meeting of the Board of Governors, a previous notice
                                                                        1. That it be unethical for any member(s)
     not having been given.
                                                                            to negotiate independently of the branch
         This section of We the Teachers of Ontario was
                                                                            affiliate(s).
     revised by the Board of Governors at the 1999 Winter
                                                                        2. That it be unethical for a statutory member to
     Meeting.
                                                                            act as a negotiator on behalf of a school board
                                                                            in negotiations conducted under the School
     I           AFFILIATED BODIES
                                                                            Boards and Teachers Collective Negotiations
     It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
                                                                            Act.
     A. That when a statutory member of one Affiliate
           is employed for a period of up to two years in a
                                                                  III       RELATIONS AND DISCIPLINE
           position which would normally require membership
                                                                  It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
           in another Affiliate, mutual arrangements between
                                                                  A. 1. That each affiliated body of the Ontario
           the Affiliates concerned be encouraged so that
                                                                            Teachers’ Federation establish and maintain
           a teacher’s present membership status may be
                                                                            its own Relations Committee, according to its
           retained for a period of up to two full academic
                                                                            constitution, for the purpose of dealing with
           years, the fee to be paid to the present Affiliate.
                                                                            complaints of unethical and unprofessional
     B. That where one Affiliate has adopted a policy
                                                                            conduct. When the complaint warrants such
           that may adversely affect other Affiliates, such a
                                                                            action, it shall be referred to the Relations and
           matter be brought to the Board of Governors for
                                                                            Discipline Committee of the Ontario Teachers’
           discussion.
                                                                            Federation.
     C. That procedures followed when member(s) or
                                                                        2. That all relations and discipline complaints
           Affiliate(s) wish to make official representation to
                                                                            dealing with contracts allegedly broken by
           the Ministry of Education be:
                                                                            teachers be handled directly through OTF
           (a) to the Executive or Board of Governors, thence
                                                                            instead of through the Affiliates.
                 if approved;




24     We the Teachers of Ontario
     3. That all relations and discipline complaints                (b) consultation before transfer, re-assignment
          dealing with morals, where guilt is proven or                  or re-classification;
          admitted and immediate court action has been              (c) consultation before placement in a
          taken, such as remand, conviction, or term in                  school;
          jail, be dealt with directly through OTF.                 (d) involvement in the development and review
B.   That the Ministry of Education refer all complaints                 of a school’s philosophy of education,
     involving suspension or cancellation of a teacher’s                 curriculum, programs and services;
     certificate to the OTF for investigation and report            (e) consultation before the establishment of
     before a decision is made.                                          time table and subject assignment;
C.   That the OTF Relations and Discipline Committee                (f) involvement in the evaluation of their own
     hear applications for reinstatement of certificates,                programs and practices;
     and make recommendations to the Minister of                    (g) involvement in the development of
     Education.                                                          procedures for reporting to parents and
D.   That OTF be opposed to the police or other                          students;
     agencies reporting to school boards on matters                 (h) consultation in the deployment of
     that infringe upon the teachers’ private or civil                   paraprofessionals. (AB92)
     rights.                                                        (i) determine the nature, format and timing
E.   That where an Affiliate or a group in an Affiliate                  of their own lifelong learning program
     appears to have contravened established policy,                     as an essential expression of their
     the Executive of the OTF enquire into the situation.                professionalism. (AB01)
     After investigation, if guilt is established, it shall   5.    That teachers have the right to teach in an
     recommend disciplinary action where necessary,                 educational environment conducive to quality
     within the scope of the Act and Regulation, to the             education, including the following:
     Board of Governors for approval. Disciplinary                  (a) a fair teaching load;
     action may include:                                            (b) reasonable class size;
     (a) officially disapprove contravention of said                (c) time during school hours for planning,
          policy, such disapproval to be public if                       evaluation, and in-service training;
          necessary;                                                (d) specialized support in health, psychology,
     (b) call upon the Affiliate concerned to remedy the                 psychiatry and other social services;
          situation; and                                            (e) clerical and custodial services;
     (c) take disciplinary action where necessary,                  (f) assistance from non-teaching personnel;
          within the scope of the Act and Regulation.               (g) quality pre-service and in-service teacher
                                                                         education;
IV        RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES                               (h) involvement in the planning, organization
It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:                    and scheduling of all Professional Activity
A. Rights                                                                Days.
      1. That the teacher be cognizant of the rights of       6.    That teachers have the right to inspect
          other teachers, students, parents, appointed              personal personnel files.
          or elected officials, and all other citizens.       7.    That teachers under a probationary contract
      2. That the teacher be aware of the established               have the right to reasons for dismissal, in
          policies and practices of OTF and its                     writing.
          Affiliates.                                         8.    That all members have the right to
      3. That the teacher, through the Ontario Teachers’            representation in the collective bargaining
          Federation, has the right to representation on            process and to participate in sanctions.
          any provincial educational body appointed by        9.    That principals and vice-principals have the
          the provincial government.                                right to strike.
      4. That teachers have the right to:                     10.   That no teacher be adversely affected, in the
          (a) direct participation in decision making at            terms and conditions of employment, by the
                the classroom, school and area levels               extension of separate school funding to the
                and to representation at the board and              senior division of high schools.
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        11. That a member has the right to hold public             VI        CONTRACT AND TENURE
            office. Reasonable allowance of release and            It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
            relief from duty to fulfil properly this public        A. Contracts
            service, up to and including leave of absence,               1. That a teacher should sign a form of contract
            should be agreed to with the board concerned                     of employment.
            before entering upon such public service.                    2. That contract legislation include a maximum
        12. That a member’s participation in extra-                          probationary period of two years for a teacher
            curricular and co-curricular activities be                       with less than three years experience.
            voluntary.                                                   3. That the form of contract should be prescribed
     B. Responsibilities                                                     in the Regulation.
        1. That the role of the teacher should include:                  4. That contract legislation include a maximum
            (i) diagnosis of the needs of students;                          probationary period of one year for teachers
            (ii) awareness of the resources available to                     with three or more years of experience.
                  meet pupils needs;                                     5. That termination of a contract shall be in
            (iii) establishment of performance goals related                 accordance with the terms of the contract or
                  to both the learning and development of                    for just and sufficient cause where a contract
                  each student;                                              is terminated by the Board.
            (iv) grouping of students where appropriate to               6. That every teacher whose contract of
                  meet these needs and goals;                                employment is terminated by the Board shall
            (v) use of the best pedagogical techniques                       be given reasons in writing.
                  and materials available;                               7. That every member sign a contract (permanent,
            (vi) ongoing evaluation of goals, programs                       probationary, long term occasional or
                  and techniques in the context of progress                  continuing education) as soon as possible
                  achieved;                                                  after the appointment of the member to a
            (vii)     ongoing appraisal of the progress of                   teaching position and before commencement
                  each student.                                              of duties.
        2. That teachers have the responsibility to                      8. That all teachers in positions of added
            participate in the ongoing activities of the                     responsibility have tenure in those positions,
            Federation and its Affiliates.                                   subject to the just cause provision in the
                                                                             collective agreement.
     V          DISCRIMINATION                                           9. That marital status not be considered grounds
     A society in which all people may participate equally                   for the termination of a teaching contract.
     with equal access to opportunity is a basic tenet.                  10. (a) That the physical ability of a physically
     It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:                        handicapped teacher to work be determined
     A. That teachers undertake a leadership role in the                          by qualified medical personnel.
           development of attitudes which foster a society in                (b) That a physically handicapped teacher be
           which all people may participate equally with equal                    given every possible consideration with
           access to opportunity.                                                 regard to teaching time table and location
     B. That teachers vigorously oppose any discrimination                        of rooms.
           against any person.                                     B. Parental Leave
     C. That teachers act to eliminate all forms of                      1. That parental leave should be provided for the
           discrimination in their work place.                               purpose of birth or adoption.
     D. That every person, and specifically the members,                 2. That teachers should have access to parental
           officers and employees of the Federation, has                     leave, for up to two years for each single
           a right to equal treatment without discrimination                 pregnancy or adoption, without loss of salary,
           because of race, creed, colour, national origin,                  benefits, seniority or tenure of position.
           political or religious affiliation, sex, sexual               3. That a teacher should have the right to use
           orientation, age, marital status, family relationship             sick leave during the period of pregnancy.
           and disability.                                               4. That parents should be able to share such
                                                                             parental leave on the basis of a plan submitted
                                                                             by them which conforms with the appropriate
                                                                             legislation.

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   5. That full pay for maternity/parental leave                 (d) each teacher shall continue to receive
       be covered by both federal and provincial                      any additional payment currently being
       legislation. (AB92)                                            received for positions of responsibility;
C. Leave Plans                                                   (e) for the purpose of seniority, all experience
   1. That every collective agreement should                          with any of the boards involved in
       contain provisions for cumulative sick leave,                  the regionalization or annexation be
       compassionate leave and sabbatical leave                       recognized as equal; and
       plans.                                                    (f) the branch affiliates and Affiliates involved
   2. That every member, when standing as a                           shall negotiate with the board concerned
       candidate for the Legislative Assembly,                        with the intention of protecting the rights
       the House of Commons or a Council of a                         of the teachers affected.
       municipality or a local board as defined under         2. That where a board enters into an agreement
       the Municipal Affairs Act, have the right to be           with another board to provide for the education
       granted a leave of absence with or without pay            of pupils whose education is the responsibility
       in accordance with the terms of the collective            of the second board:
       agreement.                                                (a) the contract of employment of each
   3. That every member, when serving as a member                     teacher who, immediately before the
       of the Legislative Assembly, the House of                      date of such agreement, was assigned
       Commons or a Council of a municipality or                      responsibility for the education of those
       a local school board as defined under the                      pupils, become the obligation of the first-
       Municipal Affairs Act, be granted a leave of                   mentioned board;
       absence without pay for the duration of the               (b) each teacher who, immediately before the
       member’s term of office.                                       date of such agreement, was assigned
D. Length of School Year                                              responsibility for the education of those
   1. (a) That the school year for teachers and                       pupils, continue on the same type of
            pupils shall consist of a maximum of 194                  contract to which the teacher would
            school days.                                              be entitled had not the boards entered
       (b) That of the 194 days in the school year,                   into an agreement for the provision of
            185 be instructional days and 9 be                        education;
            professional activity days.                          (c) each teacher who, immediately before the
   2. That any teaching outside the school year be                    date of such agreement, was assigned
       voluntary, under a form of contract and with                   responsibility for the education of those
       the terms and conditions negotiated under the                  pupils have salary and benefits maintained
       applicable collective agreement.                               at the same level or at a raised level;
E. Regionalization, Annexation                                        and
   or Agreements for the Provision                                (d) the branch affiliates and Affiliates involved
   of Educational Services                                            shall negotiate with the boards concerned
   1. That in areas where regionalization or                          with the intention of protecting the rights
       annexation affects the boundaries of school                    of the teachers affected.
       boards:                                           F.   Teacher Redundancy
       (a) each teacher under contract to the school          1. That the minimum number of teachers to be
            boards included in the regionalization or             employed by a Board be negotiated under
            annexation be placed in positions with the            the School Boards and Teachers Collective
            new regional or enlarged board;                       Negotiation Act.
       (b) each teacher continue on the same type of          2. That where staff reductions are required,
            contract to which the teacher would have              redundancy be determined solely on the basis
            been entitled had not the regionalization             of seniority.
            or annexation occurred;                           3. That every collective agreement provide for
       (c) each teacher’s salary and benefits be                  the process of identification, declaration and
            maintained at the same level or a raised              recall of redundant teachers, and severance
            level;                                                allowances, retraining and re-qualification
                                                                  programs.

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     G. Breach of Contract                                          VII       HEALTH AND WORKING CONDITIONS
        1. Strikes by Other Unions                                  It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
           (a) That when a school or board facility is              A. Class Size
                 being picketed by employees who are on                   1. That no class should exceed 15 students in
                 strike under another collective agreement,                   number at the junior kindergarten level, 18
                 a member may refuse to cross the picket                      students in number at the senior kindergarten
                 line only where:                                             level, 20 students in number at the primary
                 (i) the member is permitted to do so                         level and 25 students in number at the junior,
                      by the member’s own collective                          intermediate and senior levels.
                      agreement, or                                       2. That when determining class size, special
                 (ii) it is impossible for the member to                      consideration be given to:
                      enter a school or board facility without                (a) number of exceptional students;
                      danger to the member’s person or                        (b) socio-economic status;
                      property.                                               (c) language;
           (b) That a member who does not cross a picket                      (d) number of grades;
                 line under 1.(a)(i) or 1.(a)(ii) must notify the             (e) language and cultural background;
                 Federation, the branch affiliate and the                     (f) environmental conditions; and
                 appropriate board representative.                            (g) physical space.
           (c) That where a member does not cross a                 B. Medical and Physical Procedures
                 picket line under 1.(a)(ii), the board may               1. That no teacher shall be required to do any
                 assign the member duties at another                          medical or physical procedure for pupils that
                 school, board facility or temporary board                    might in any way endanger the safety or well-
                 facility.                                                    being of the pupil or subject the teacher to
           (d) That a member shall not perform any of                         risk of injury or liability for negligence. Such
                 the duties normally assigned to employees                    procedures include but are not limited to
                 who are on strike.                                           administration of medication, catheterization,
        2. Refusal to Carry-Out Teaching Duties                               lifting a pupil, physiotherapy, feeding
           (a) That except as authorized under the                            handicapped pupils, postural drainage,
                 School Boards and Teachers Collective                        manual expression of the bladder and toiletting
                 Negotiations Act, or the Occupational                        assistance.
                 Health and Safety Act, the refusal of                    2. That each school board shall establish policies
                 teachers to carry out the duties as                          relating to the administration of medication,
                 defined by the Education Act, and the                        medical procedures and physical procedures
                 regulations made thereunder be a breach                      consistent with OTF’s policy as stated in 1
                 of contract.                                                 above.
     H. Continuing Education                                              3. That each school board shall engage trained
        1. That all persons teaching grantable courses in                     medical people (full-time or part-time) to carry
           continuing education be defined as teachers                        out medical procedures and administration of
           in accordance with the definitions contained                       medication required by pupils.
           in the Education Act and employed under the                    4. That each school board shall engage personnel
           appropriate contract.                                              to carry physical procedures required by
        2. That all conditions of employment for teachers                     pupils.
           of grantable continuing education courses                      5. That where it is not possible or feasible to
           be contained in the collective agreement                           provide the services in 3 or 4 to a particular
           negotiated by the appropriate branch                               school, the student be placed in a school where
           affiliate.                                                         the services are available or the school board
                                                                              purchase such services from a neighbouring
                                                                              board as provided for in the legislation.
                                                                          6. That school boards, through existing
                                                                              or supplementary insurance coverage,
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       arising from the administration of medication                a coterminous Board shall accept student
       through board policy, or board directive.                    teachers re-assigned from the striking Board.
    7. That essential immunization and health                       (WB03)
       screening procedures be provided free for              B. Admissions
       school-age children at such ages as medical               1. That OTF, in conjunction with the Ministry of
       authorities deem appropriate.                                Education and the Ministry of Colleges and
    8. That school-age children be protected from                   Universities and teacher education institutions,
       exploitation.                                                establish appropriate standards and policies
                                                                    for the admission of teacher candidates.
VIII      TEACHER EDUCATION                                      2. That OTF be involved in admissions committees
It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:               at teacher education institutions and in the
A. General                                                          determination of criteria for the selection of
      1. That the development of the teaching                       teacher candidates.
          profession through teacher education be a              3. That the basic prerequisite for entrance to a
          priority of OTF.                                          pre-service teacher education program be an
      2. That OTF has both the right and the                        acceptable university degree or, in the case of
          responsibility to participate in all deliberative         vocational and technological studies, related
          structures related to teacher education, with             experience as prescribed in the Regulations.
          the government, other agencies, teacher                4. That selection criteria to teacher education
          education institutions and the school boards.             institutions include consideration of:
      3. That the Ministry of Education and Training                (a) a c a d e m i c q u a l i f i c a t i o n s a n d
          ensure that guidance information on teacher                    achievement;
          education be available in all Ontario schools,            (b) attitudes toward and experience with
          both elementary and secondary.                                 children;
      4. That teacher candidates not be offered                     (c) communications abilities;
          positions of employment before faculty and                (d) p r o f i c i e n c y i n t h e l a n g u a g e o f
          associate teacher evaluations of their teaching                instruction.
          potential have been completed.                      C. Certification and Qualifications
      5. That a common hiring date before which time             1. That every person who is employed to fulfil an
          no teacher candidate would be hired by a                  instructional role (as authorized by the Act and
          school board be established in Ontario.                   Regulations) in the public and separate school
      6. That in the event the faculty of a teacher                 systems of Ontario be qualified as a teacher
          education institution declares a strike in the            and under contract as a teacher.
          course of collective bargaining, OTF would             2. That when changes in Regulations related to
          consider the practicum to be suspended for                teacher certification occur, certified teachers
          the duration of the strike, and OTF members               shall continue to be deemed qualified to
          would not provide associate teaching services             teach, within the limitations of their current
          to teachers in pre-service programs.                      certification.
      7. That in the event of a strike situation involving       3. That the Ontario Teachers’ Qualifications
          members of the Federation, schools in which               Record card (Reg. 269) show by endorsement
          those members serve shall not be used for                 the basis upon which certification was granted
          practicum, or for any other placement of                  and the area(s) of the major concentration of
          student teachers.                                         specialization.
      8. That in the event of a strike situation involving       4. That the Regulations which govern teacher
          members of the Federation, schools in which               education be subject to regular joint review
          those members serve shall not be used for                 by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry
          the in-service program leading to additional              of Colleges and Universities and OTF.
          qualifications.                                     D. Program
      9. That in the event of a strike situation involving       1. That it be the right and responsibility of OTF
          members of the Federation, no OTF Affiliate               to participate directly in the development and
          in the board where the sanction exists or in              evaluation of all programs and courses offered



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            for the pre-service, Additional Qualification and          (iii) be in good standing with the Affiliates and
            in-service education of teachers.                                 OTF. (WB06)
        2. That it be the right and responsibility of OTF          5. That associate teachers receive appropriate
            and its Affiliates to participate in the delivery of        remuneration in recognition of the time
            compulsory courses in the pre-service teacher               and expertise they provide, and that such
            education program which includes:                           remuneration be given directly to the associate
            (i) the components of the OTF Professional                  teacher. (WB06)
                  Issues Course;                                   6. That OTF be directly involved in the regular
            (ii) the rights and responsibilities of                     review at each teacher education institution
                  membership in the Federation; and                     of selection processes and compensation/
            (iii) professional ethics.                                  acknowledgement packages for associate
        3. That OTF support the concept of cyclical                     teachers.
            program reviews at each teacher education              7. T h a t i t b e t h e r e s p o n s i b i l i t y o f t h e
            institution and that OTF participate both in                teacher education institution to establish
            individual reviews and in the assessment and                communications related to the operation
            refinement of the review process as a whole.                between the faculty and the field, and to
        4. That OTF support the maintenance of                          provide:
            two French-language teacher education                       (i) information with respect to the roles of
            institutions in Ontario.                                          faculty staff, associate teachers, and
        5. That programs at French-language teacher                           teacher candidates in the practicum;
            education institutions have as their principal              (ii) clear understandings of evaluation
            focus the preparation of candidates to teach in                   practices and responsibilities;
            French language schools (ref. Education Act,                (iii) contact sessions involving faculty staff
            Part XI).                                                         and associate teachers in relation to the
        6. That teacher education institutions provide                        practicum;
            appropriate programs of religious education                 (iv) training that includes exposure to the
            for those teacher candidates who may wish                         content of the teacher education program;
            to enter the separate school system.                              and
     E. Practicum                                                       (v) an opportunity for feedback about
        1. That it be the professional responsibility                         the program by the associate teacher
            of members to provide associate teaching                          (e.g: timing of the practicum each year,
            services within the practicum and that                            suggestions to improve preparedness of
            associate teaching services provided by OTF                       students, critique of the evaluation form,
            members be volunteered. (WB06)                                    etc.). (WB06)
        2. That OTF members who serve as associate                 8. That each teacher candidate be assigned to
            teachers should give priority to teacher                    at least two associate teachers in different
            candidates enrolled in teacher education                    teaching contexts over the course of the
            programs at publicly funded, Ontario                        practicum. (WB06)
            universities. (WB05)                                   9. That one associate teacher be responsible
        3. That there be an open and transparent                        for one teacher candidate per placement.
            process for the application/selection of                    (WB06)
            associate teachers, with the criteria for              10. That at no time should a teacher candidate be
            application/selection clearly specified in                  unsupervised in the classroom. (WB06)
            advance. (WB06)                                        11. That time should be allotted to the associate
        4. That the criteria for selecting associate                    teacher during the instructional day for
            teachers require that associate teachers:                   planning with, supervising and evaluating the
           (i) have completed at least two years of                     teacher candidate. (WB06)
                  successful teaching;                             12. That OTF be directly involved with the teacher
           (ii) have at least one year of experience in the             education institutions in the development of
                  subject(s) and grade level(s) for which they          consistent standards and fair and equitable
                  are serving as an associate teacher; and              practices for the evaluation of teacher
                                                                        candidates.

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   13. That there be direct supervision and evaluation           education institutions as the appropriate
       of teacher candidates by Faculty members                  mechanism for vetting and approving
       during the practicum. (WB06)                              alternative programs in teacher education.
   14. That associate teachers be involved in both         H. Induction
       the formative and summative evaluation of              1. That a teacher must be certified and under
       teacher candidates.                                       contract with a school board as a prerequisite
   15. That teacher education institutions provide               for taking part in a board-sponsored teacher
       opportunities for counselling services and                induction program.
       guidance to all student teachers.                      2. That OTF be directly involved in the design
F. In-Service                                                    and implementation of induction programs.
   1. That all teachers pursue professional growth            3. That the terms and conditions under which
       and development throughout their teaching                 mentor/teachers carry out their responsibilities
       careers.                                                  in induction programs be in accordance with
   2. That all in-service training which a school                the collective agreement between the branch
       board regards as compulsory be given within               affiliate(s) and the employing boards. (AB92)
       normal school hours.
   3. That OTF support co-operative arrangements           IX        TEACHERS’ PENSIONS (AB93)
       between school boards and their teaching            It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
       constituencies to establish support structures      A. Plan Design
       for in-service activities, such as Teacher                1. That all teachers, including occasional
       Centres and Resource Centres.                                 teachers, be required as a condition of
G. Alternative Teacher Education Programs                            employment to participate in the Teachers’
   1. That OTF be informed immediately by teacher                    Pension Plan.
       education institutions and school boards of any           2. That teachers in receipt of a service of disability
       proposals for alternative teacher education                   pension not be required to participate in the
       programs, and be directly involved in all                     Teachers’ Pension Plan.
       decisions related to the feasibility, development         3. That the Teachers’ Pension Plan be a
       and implementation of such proposals.                         contributory defined benefit plan based on the
   2. That the terms and conditions under which                      best average rates of pay.
       student teachers and supervising teachers                 4. That all pensions from the Teachers’ Pension
       carry out their responsibilities be in accordance             Plan be fully indexed to changes in the
       with the collective agreement between the                     Consumer Price Index from the date of last
       branch affiliate(s) and the employing boards.                 credited service.
   3. That alternative teacher education programs                5. That the Teachers’ Pension Plan be designed
       and the criteria for admission to the programs                to maximize the pension entitlements and
       be clearly described and publicized in the                    options of plan participants consistent with the
       calendar of the teacher education institution.                principles of sound financial management.
   4. That student teachers enrolled in alternative              6. That the Teachers Pension Plan provide same
       teacher education programs teach only under                   sex spousal benefits. (SB92)
       the direct supervision of qualified teachers.       B. Governance and Financing
   5. That in the event that alternative programs of             1. That the Teachers’ Pension Plan be jointly
       teacher education are implemented without                     sponsored by the Government of Ontario and
       OTF’s formal approval, OTF, through its                       the teachers of Ontario represented by the
       Affiliates, will advise teachers at the school                Ontario Teachers’ Federation.
       board(s) involved that participation in such              2. That the Teachers’ Pension Plan be
       programs is contrary to Federation policy                     administered by the Teachers’ Pension Plan
       and to Section 17 of the Regulation under the                 Board.
       Teaching Profession Act.                                  3. That the benefits provided by the Teachers’
   6. That OTF support the concept of establishing                   Pension Plan be fully funded.
       or designating a provincial agency involving
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     C. Responsibility (AB97)                                          5. That educational support personnel be directly
        1. That the Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, in the                  employed by school boards.
           context of its fiduciary responsibility to plan
           participants, through ownership positions,              XII       SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS (AB98)
           encourage corporations:                                 It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
           (i) to demonstrate increased responsibility to          A. General
                 share holders;                                          1. That the term “educational support personnelr”
           (ii) to operate in a socially responsible                         refer to any person, designated by the principal,
                 manner; and                                                 who functions in a supportive role to the
           (iii) to operate in a manner that respects labour                 principal and teachers in the school, without
                 and employee rights.                                        reimbursement or contractual commitment of
                                                                             any kind.
     X         MEMBERSHIP IN OTF                                         2. That every person who is employed to fulfil
     It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:                   a teaching role be qualified as a teacher and
     A. That principals and vice-principals be statutory                     employed as a teacher.
           members of OTF and its Affiliates.                            3. That it be the right of a teacher to decline
                                                                             volunteer services.
     XI        EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL                       B. School Volunteers
               IN SCHOOLS (AB98)                                         1. That school volunteers who work with children
     It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:                   shall work at all times under the supervision
     A. General                                                              of a teacher.
           1. That the term “educational support personnel”              2. That school volunteers not perform the work
               refer to those persons other than teachers as                 of school board employees.
               defined in the Teaching Profession Act who are            3. That school volunteers not have access to
               directly employed by school boards and who                    confidential records of students.
               provide educational assistance to students,         C. Student Volunteers
               schools and school boards (SB05).                         1. That the term “student volunteer” refer to any
           2. That every person who is employed to fulfil a                  student enrolled in a course of study related
               teaching role (as authorized by the Acts and                  to child development which has a work
               Regulations) be qualified as a teacher and                    experience component.
               employed as a teacher.                                    2. That the evaluation of student volunteers be
           3. That teaching functions which involve decisions                the responsibility of the student’s instructor.
               regarding:
               (i) identification of student needs;                XIII      GOVERNMENT
               (ii) planning, development, and implementation      It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
                     of educational programs; and                  A. School Boards
               (iii) evaluation and reporting of student                 1. Hiring
                     progress be the exclusive responsibility                (a) That a school board engage a certificated
                     of teaching staff.                                           teacher as an occasional teacher to
     B. Educational Support Personnel                                             replace a teacher who is absent from
           1. That educational support personnel assume                           duty.
               no responsibility for any evaluation involving                (b) That all school boards implement fair hiring
               the school personnel, students, or program.                        and employment practices.
           2. That educational support personnel be                          (c) That all school boards directly employ all
               responsible to the principal of the school.                        paid school board personnel. (AB98)
           3. That educational support personnel not be            B. Schools
               included in the calculation of student-teacher            1. Administration
               ratio.                                                        (a) That a school be a single permanent
           4. That the deployment of educational support                          building, or temporary buildings, or a
               personnel within the school be the responsibility                  combination thereof situated on a parcel
               of the principal in consultation with staff.                       of property in a single community or a
                                                                                  segment of a community.

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      (b) That a single community or a segment                     tying any part of that collective agreement
           of a community be one which respects                    to the collective agreement negotiated
           the legally recognized linguistic and                   or being negotiated by another branch
           religious character of the Ontario student              affiliate without the consent of the other
           population.                                             branch affiliate.
      (c) That each school have as its educational            (f) (i) That in a dispute between any affiliated
           leadership team:                                               body and a board of trustees, OTF
           (i) a principal and vice-principal(s);                         take action only at the request of the
           (ii) department heads in secondary                             provincial executives of the affiliated
                 schools; and                                             bodies involved.
           (iii) such additional administrative                    (ii) That any action to be taken on the basis
                 personnel as required.                                   of (i) above shall be in accordance
      (d) That any changes made in the organization                       with the Guidelines approved by the
           of a school be:                                                Board of Governors.
           (i) negotiated between the branch                        (iii) That any settlement effected as a
                 affiliates involved and the board;                       result of the action in (i) above shall
           (ii) subject to ratification in accordance                     be binding on all affiliated bodies
                 with the collective agreement; and                       involved.
           (iii) considered experimental and subject           (g) That OTF be opposed to teaching duties
                 to evaluation, review and revision                being assigned to an individual other than
                 through re-negotiation.                           a certificated teacher who is employed to
   2. Finance                                                      teach.
      (a) That the major cost of education be                 (h) That OTF be opposed to contracting out
           funded provincially through “Consolidated               or outsourcing of the job functions of any
           Revenue” to be transferred to school                    school board employee. (AB98)
           boards through a system of grants.              4. Retirement
       (b) That the share of expenditures for                 (a) That the Federation be opposed to any
           elementary and secondary school                         age retirement restriction.
           education charged against municipal                (b) That collective agreements provide a
           property tax be reduced.                                retirement, sick leave and service gratuity
      (c) That the Government funding of education                 which allows a benefit of up to 50% of the
           provide for quality education.                          teacher’s last year’s salary.
      (d) That any direct or indirect government               (c) That the removal or reduction of any
           funding of private schools should be                    retirement, sick leave or service gratuity
           opposed.                                                plan be opposed.
      (e) That real property tax should be levied on       5. Charter Schools
           the basis of equalized assessment applied          That OTF be opposed to the introduction of
           province-wide.                                     charter schools in Ontario. (SB97)
   3. Collective Bargaining                             C. Provincial Government
      (a) That OTF be opposed to compulsory                1. School Programs
           arbitration.                                       That teachers make provision in curricula
      (b) That collective agreements, covering all            for women’s studies and recognition of the
           terms and conditions of employment be              contributions of women to society.
           negotiated between each school board,           2. Labour Education
           and branch affiliate(s) representing its           That labour education courses should be
           teachers.                                          provided within the school curriculum.
      (c) That OTF be opposed to merit pay.                3. Equal Opportunity
      (d) That OTF be opposed to compulsory zone,             That Equal Opportunity be interpreted as:
           regional or provincial bargaining.                 opportunity in obtaining a position and in
       (e) That collective agreements not contain             advancing to higher positions in the same
           provisions that would have the effect of           system without discrimination on the basis



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            of any grounds prohibited under the Ontario          XIV       EVALUATION
            Human Rights Code; (WB92)                            It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
            (i) equal pay for equal qualifications,              A. Student Evaluation
                  responsibilities and experience between              1. That all evaluation schemes proceed from
                  teachers, employed by the same board in                  the premise that the individual teacher in a
                  the schools of Ontario; that in this policy,             particular instructional and learning context
            (ii) equal pay means that the basic salary                     is the prime agent for student evaluation.
                  schedule in a school system be set up                2. That before student evaluation schemes
                  without discrimination or reference to                   are instituted by the Ministry of Education
                  grade or subjects taught;                                and Training or by school boards, adequate
            (iii) equal qualifications mean equivalent                     provision be made for teacher participation in
                  academic qualifications and professional                 both the development and validation stages.
                  certificates; and                                    3. That the purposes and processes of student
            (iv) equal responsibilities include classroom                  evaluation schemes and the uses which will be
                  duties and other assigned duties and tasks               made of the findings be clearly stated during
                  of supervisioin outside the classroom.                   the development stage.
        4. Discrimination                                              4. That in-service training for teachers be
            That OTF be opposed to any racial or religious                 an integral part of any student evaluation
            discrimination in the appointment of teachers                  scheme.
            duly qualified to teach.                                   5. That the Ministry of Education and Training
     D. Federal Government                                                 has the responsibility to assess and evaluate
        1. That the federal government provide funding                     the effectiveness of its curriculum policy and
            to the provinces to support elementary and                     practices. The use of any student evaluation
            secondary education programs.                                  scheme should conform to the following
        2. That income tax exemptions be allowed for                       considerations:
            legitimate expenses of teachers incurred for                   (a) That OTF be given notice of any Ministry
            professional development.                                           evaluation project, and be made aware of
        3. (a) That the social insurance number not be                          its purposes, the sampling procedures to
                  used by schools as a student identification                   be employed, and the uses which will be
                  number.                                                       made of its findings;
            (b) That the social insurance number not                       (b) That sampling procedures be predicated
                  be requested nor recorded on students’                        upon the preservation of individual
                  school documents.                                             anonymity;
        4. That the Income Tax Act allow for the payment                   (c) That the Ministry not provide information
            of same sex spousal survivor benefits from                          on the performance of individual teachers,
            pension plans. (AB96)                                               students, schools or boards, or permit
     E. College of Teachers (AB96)                                              comparisons to be made as a result of
        1. OTF is opposed to the College of Teachers as                         testing projects;
            enacted by The Ontario College of Teachers’                    (d) That the Ministry avoid repetitive patterns
            Act, 1996.                                                          of testing which might encourage teaching/
        2. That OTF work for legislative changes which                          preparation for tests;
            would repeal the College of Teachers imposed                   (e) That evaluation of young children be
            by The Ontario College of Teachers Act,                             informal, appropriate to the conceptual/
            1996.                                                               emotional stage, and appropriate to the
                                                                                kinds of activities in which children are
                                                                                engaged;
                                                                           (f) That OTF be apprised of any judgements
                                                                                made by the Ministry, as a result of testing,
                                                                                with respect to curriculum, program and
                                                                                services; and that OTF be fully involved
                                                                                in any deliberations related to potential
                                                                                improvement or change.

34     We the Teachers of Ontario
B. Teacher Evaluation                                           language, and for all French-speaking Canadians
   1. That there be a clear separation between                  to learn English as a second language, through the
      those processes operating within teacher                  use of those means of instruction which prove to
      evaluation programs, whose sole purpose is                be the most effective. All parents should be given
      the improvement of performance, and those                 the right to choose the language of instruction
      evaluation processes which a school board                 (English or French) of their children. Provision
      may adopt for making employment decisions                 of such opportunity should not be made in ways
      affecting individual teachers.                            which jeopardize the linguistic or cultural integrity
   2. That it be the right of the branch affiliate to be        of schools which serve a linguistic minority.
      involved in the development, implementation            F. That those whose language or origin is neither
      and review of teacher evaluation processes.               English nor French should have the right to affiliate
   3. That before teacher evaluation processes are              with either an English-speaking community or a
      implemented by school boards, all teachers                French-speaking community according to their
      be made fully aware of the purposes and                   choice and to have their children educated in the
      procedures of such evaluation, and the uses               language so chosen.
      which will be made of its findings.                    G. That because of the overwhelming dominance
   4. That teacher evaluation process be consistent             of English-language media of culture and
      with the principles of natural justice.                   communication in North America, special measures
   5. That all teacher evaluation reports be in writing         be required for the support and protection of the
      and a copy of the report be provided to the               vehicles of French language and culture.
      teacher within three school days.                      H. OTF favours the establishment of a National
   6. That teacher evaluation processes be included             Council, financed by the federal government, to
      in the Collective Agreement.                              promote the development of the French-Canadian
                                                                culture.
XV         OFFICIAL LANGUAGES                                I. That OTF recognizes the right of each French-
It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:           speaking and English-speaking student to an
A. That the bilingual character of Canada, arising              education in the student’s own language.
      from the presence of a French-speaking minority,       J. That the Province of Ontario declare itself officially
      is not only an historical, constitutional and social      bilingual by stating its intention to adhere to
      fact but be also of the highest importance to the         Sections 16 to 20 of the Canadian Charter of
      Canadian Confederation.                                   Rights and Freedoms.
B. That equality of rights and status for those who are      K. That the Province of Ontario recognize in law
      English-speaking and for those who are French-            the rights of Franco-Ontarians to services in the
      speaking be a major goal, requiring the safeguards        French language.
      of laws and of the Constitution of Canada.
C. That the survival and the flourishing of English-         XVI     CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND
      speaking and French-speaking communities in                    IMPLEMENTATION
      Canada, and their protection against assimilation,     It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
      be a right which all Canadian authorities should       A. That the Ministry of Education and Training in
      safeguard and respect.                                       consultation with OTF:
D. That the school be an instrument of major                       (a) review regularly the goals, aims and objectives
      importance in maintaining the existence of a                     of education;
      functioning linguistic community. Any English-               (b) establish a long range plan for curriculum
      speaking or French-speaking community must                       development and implementation.
      have the right to have schools established in          B. That teachers through OTF be involved in all
      which the language of instruction, administration            aspects of the curriculum process including policy
      and communication is that of the community, and              formulation, planning, development, dissemination,
      to protect and preserve the linguistic and cultural          implementation, review and evaluation.
      integrity of those schools.                            C. That the Ministry of Education , in consultation
E. That opportunity should exist for all English-                  with OTF, develop a process for curriculum
      speaking Canadians to learn French as a second               development validation and implementation.



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     D. That it be the responsibility of the Ministry to fund      2. That all IPRCs include within their membership
        the implementation of curriculum documents                    practising teachers with appropriate special
        including relevant teacher in-service programs.               education qualifications.
     E. That the principal-teacher be the curriculum leader        3. That the attendance at IPRC meetings of the
        in the school.                                                teacher(s) designated by their principal as
     F. That guidance programming and counselling                     most significant to the student be mandatory.
        services be provided in each school setting by             4. That school boards develop, in consultation
        qualified teacher counsellors.                                with their teachers, a manual to outline
     G. That it be the responsibility of school boards to             the identification, placement and review
        provide funding and personnel support to assist               process for students, parents, teachers and
        teachers in curriculum-related activities.                    principals.
     H. That new and revised elements of curriculum             E. Funding and Support Services
        documents be field tested before general use.              1. That the Ministry of Education be responsible
                                                                      for financing the total cost of special education
     XVII      SPECIAL EDUCATION                                      programs and services.
     It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:         2. That the funding of special education must be
     A. The Rights of Students                                        in addition to regular education programs and
           1. That all students have a right to an education          services.
               appropriate to their needs.                         3. That the Ministry of Education develop detailed
     B. Programming/Services                                          reporting procedures to be utilized by school
           1. That exceptional students be provided with a            boards for the expenditure of special education
               full range of appropriate programs/services            funds.
               throughout their elementary and secondary
               education.                                       XVIII CHILD CARE SERVICES
           2. That it be the responsibility of the provincial   It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
               government to co-ordinate service for            A. General
               exceptional students among the ministries of           1. That all children up to the age of 16 have
               education, health and social services.                     access to child care services.
           3. That school board special education service             2. That all child care services be non-profit,
               plans make provision for additional resources              comprehensive, high quality, licensed and
               which may include: personnel, teacher in-                  regulated, and reflect the varied cultural and
               service, materials, equipment, location and                linguistic backgrounds of Canadian families.
               appropriately adjusted working conditions and          3. That parents determine the nature and extent
               work load.                                                 of their children’s participation in child care
     C. The Integration of Exceptional Students within                    programs.
           Ontario’s Educational System                               4. That parents have the responsibility to take a
           1. That exceptional students be placed in the                  significant and active role in determining the
               most enabling environment ranging in a                     child care environment.
               continuum of services from special schools             5. That child care providers be involved in
               to complete integration.                                   the decision-making process related to the
           2. That the integration of an exceptional                      delivery of child care services.
               student into the regular classroom should be           6. That child care employees receive salaries
               recognized as one of the processes which                   and benefits commensurate with the value of
               allows exceptional students to reach their                 their work and educational qualifications.
               fullest potential and not just as a matter of          7. That provision be made to address the child
               placement.                                                 care needs of Franco-Ontarians.
     D. Identification, Placement and Review                          8. (a) That funding for child care services be
           Committee                                                           the joint responsibility of the federal and
           1. That Identification, Placement and Review                        provincial governments.
               Committees be established at the school                    (b) That the provincial responsibility for child
               level.                                                          care services rests with the provincial
                                                                               government.

36     We the Teachers of Ontario
B. School-based                                              XX        FEE COLLECTION
   1. That school boards provide permanent space             It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
      for child care services in both elementary and         1. That school boards be charged interest on late
      secondary schools.                                           payment of fees (AB95).
   2. That the provision and supervision of child
      care services in schools be distinct from the          XXI        HARASSMENT (SB96)
      regular school program.                                It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:
   3. That school boards promote liaison between             1. That the definition of harassment be that which
      the school and child care services through a                 is defined in the Ontario Human Rights Code:
      child care co-ordinator.                                     “vexatious comments or conduct that is known,
   4. That principals facilitate co-operation between              or should be reasonably be known, to be
      the school and its on-site child care services.              unwelcome.”
   5. That priority be given to the needs of the             2. That harassment includes any act or series of
      resident student population when providing                   acts, verbal or otherwise, which cause irritation,
      school-based child care services.                            distress, humiliation, intimidation, denigration,
                                                                   torment, unease, fear or discomfort. It may also
XIX       EDUCATION FOR A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE                       include any comments or conduct which creates an
          (SB92)                                                   environment that is hostile and/or intimidating.
It is the policy of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation:        3. That every person has the right to be free from all
A. That teachers promote Education for a Global                    forms of harassment in the workplace.
      Perspective in the teaching/learning process.          4. That every student has the right to be free
B. That curriculum and related activities incorporate,             from all forms of harassment in the educational
      where appropriate, the critical examination of               environment.
      the following major global concepts, issues and        5. That every member strives to eliminate harassment
      trends:                                                      in the schools, classrooms, curricula and daily
      1. Concepts of interaction, interdependence and              practices of the school.
          change to enable students to develop a holistic
          view of life.
      2. Trends toward environmental awareness,
          ecological balance, energy conservation and
          sustainability of life.
      3. Issues of human rights, social justice, social
          responsibility and equity.
      4. Respect for the existence of diversity within
          the human community.
      5. Issues surrounding the impact of: the roots
          of poverty, malnutrition, disease, inadequate
          shelter and clothing, illiteracy and violence on
          all peoples and nations.
      6. The issue of the impact of militarism and
          war on children, human relations, natural
          environments and ultimate fate of the planet.
      7. Strategies for the promotion and maintenance
          of peace.
C. That, where appropriate, Education for a Global
      Perspective be incorporated within pre-service and
      in-service programs.
D. That it be the responsibility of the Ministry of
      Education to establish Education for a Global
      Perspective as a priority for Ontario education.




September 2008                                                                                                  37
     terMs Of
                                                                   before the day fixed for the hearing, in which case
                                                                   the committee shall conduct the hearing in public
                                                                   except when (i) matters involving public security

     referenCe Of the                                              may be disclosed; or (ii) the possible disclosure of
                                                                   intimate financial or personal matters outweighs


     Otf standing and
                                                                   the desirability of holding the hearing in public.
                                                               8. Following a hearing, the committee shall
                                                                   recommend to the Minister that the teaching


     sPeCial
                                                                   certificate be reinstated or the suspension lifted,
                                                                   or that the teaching certificate remain cancelled
                                                                   or the suspension not be lifted, as the case may


     COMMittees
                                                                   be.
                                                                II StandingCommittees
                                                                   A. Educational Finance
                                                                        1. To study and report with recommendations
                                                                             on matters of educational finance in
                                                                             Ontario to the OTF Executive and Board
     I   Relations and Discipline Committee                                  of Governors.
     This committee is named in Section 8 of the Regulation             2. To monitor national and international
     made under the Teaching Profession Act, i.e. “There                     concerns in educational finance.
     shall be a Relations and Discipline Committee                      3. To act as a co-ordinating and consultative
     appointed by the Board of Governors.”                                   body in educational finance matters under
                                                                             the direction of the OTF Executive and
     A complete regulatory section, for the Relations and                    Board of Governors. (WB77)
     Discipline procedure, appears in Sections 19 through          B. Educational Studies
     28 of the Regulation made under the Teaching                       1. To monitor and evaluate curriculum and
     Profession Act.                                                         professional development policies of
                                                                             the Government of Ontario and other
     1. The committee shall be composed of ten members                       educational agencies.
        who are teachers, appointed by the Board of                     2. To monitor and conduct research, to
        Governors, two of whom shall be from each                            collect information on current trends
        affiliated body.                                                     and innovations in curriculum theory
     2. The committee shall appoint one of the members                       and planning, special education and
        of the committee to be the chairperson.                              professional development, and to make
     3. The chairperson of the committee may assign a                        available, with recommendations, such
        panel of five members of the committee to hold a                     information to the OTF Executive and the
        hearing.                                                             Board of Governors.
     4. Three members of the panel assigned constitute                  3. To prepare recommendations for the
        a quorum for a hearing.                                              Executive that may be used to influence
     5. The Secretary-Treasurer of the Federation shall                      Ministry policy and program development
        act as secretary to the committee but shall not                      related to curriculum, special education
        participate in any decision of the committee.                        and professional development.
     6. The committee shall,                                            4. To develop special projects in curriculum,
        (a) consider complaints regarding professional                       special education and professional
              misconduct or unethical conduct of a                           development as are approved or requested
              member;                                                        by the Board of Governors. (WB89)
        (b) consider applications for reinstatement of the         C. International Assistance
              teaching certificate of a former member or the            1. To assist and encourage teacher
              lifting of a suspension thereof.                               organizations, with the possibility of
     7. A hearing of the committee shall be held in camera
        unless the member requests otherwise by notice
        delivered to the committee not later than the day

38     We the Teachers of Ontario
          enabling teachers to see different types                  regarding the status of women teachers in
          of organizations.                                         Ontario and other jurisdictions. (AB88)
      2. To provide scholarships or grants to assist         F. Pension
          students to obtain teacher training in their          1. To initiate as well as clarify items
          own countries.                                            concerning teachers’ pensions.
      3. To assist and encourage teachers from                  2. To deal with motions referred by the
          developing countries                                      Affiliates, the Executive and the Board of
          (a) who will be teaching in their own                     Governors.
               countries;                                       3. To study changes and trends concerning
          (b) who have been sponsored by their                      pensions and the Teachers’ Pension Plan
               own teacher organizations to obtain                  and report to the Executive and the Board
               a special goal;                                      of Governors. (AB90)
          (c) who are pursuing further education             G. Teacher Education
               in Ontario or another part of Canada.            1. To study provisions for pre-service, in-
               (AB05)                                               service and associate teaching in Ontario
      4. To assist schools in the developing                        teacher education institutions, and to
          countries.                                                make recommendations to the OTF Board
      5. To offer hospitality and friendship                        of Governors.
          to students in Canada from other                      2. To promote continuous dialogue and
          countries.                                                to establish co-operative relationships
      6. To advise OTF on matters relating to                       between the OTF Executive and the
          international educational assistance                      Ministry of Education, between the OTF
          through liaison with provincial, federal and              Executive and the College of Teachers,
          international agencies.                                   and between OTF and the Ontario teacher
      7. To screen requests for aid from the                        education institutions. (SB00)
          Blanche E. Snell Estate Fund and to                   3. To ensure that teachers-in-training are
          allocate the monies in this Fund. (AB76)                  aware of professional ethics, rights and
   D. Legislation                                                   responsibilities during the preparation
      1. To examine and review provincial                           process.
          legislation.                                          4. To formulate and present coherent cases
      2. To make recommendations to the OTF                         for program change to Ontario teacher
          Executive and Board of Governors                          education institutions.
          with regard to amendments or                          5. To promote and co-ordinate teacher
          proposed amendments to legislation or                     representation on Ontario teacher
          regulations.                                              education institution committees and
      3. To make available information regarding                    to report on their respective activities.
          legislation to the OTF Executive, Board                   (SB00)
          of Governors and Affiliate executives.         III Special Committees
          (WB82)                                             A. Budget and Finance (WB06)
      4. To review OTF policy and procedures as                 1. To act as the OTF Audit Committee.
          requested by the Executive and to report              2. To meet each year before the end of
          with recommendations. (AB91)                              September to:
   E. Status of Women Committee                                      (a) review the terms of reference for the
      1. To promote the rights of women members                           Budget and Finance Committee;
          of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation.                       (b) to review the OTF budget process;
      2. To inform the Affiliates of current issues                       and
          concerning women’s rights.                                 (c) to review the OTF Budget for the
      3. To make recommendations to the OTF                               current fiscal year.
          Board of Governors regarding policies and             3. To draft a balanced annual budget for
          possible actions that would enhance the                   submission to the January Executive
          status of women.                                          meeting.
      4. To provide for the Affiliates information

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         4. To include in the draft budget:                           arrange to have recommendations forwarded
               (a) A p r e l i m i n a r y r e p o r t o n a n y      to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Trust
                   assumptions that may have been                     Fund. (AB76)
                   used in preparation of the budget;              E. Parry Sound Property (AB07)
                   and                                                1. To act as a Special Committee of OTF,
               (b) A recommendation for the OTF fee                       established by the Executive under
                   for the next fiscal year.                              Regulation 10 under the Teaching
         5. To present the draft budget, including                        Profession Act.
               the proposed OTF fee, to the Winter                    2. To make recommendations to the
               Meeting of the Board of Governors for                      Executive through the OTF Director
               consideration and amendment.                               assigned to the Committee.
         6. To present the final draft budget for                     3. To promote campground and cabin
               approval at the Spring Meeting of the                      utilization.
               Board of Governors.                                    4. To a d v i s e O T F o n c a m p g r o u n d
         7. To make suggestions to the Executive and                      operations.
               Board of Governors to keep the budget                  5. To advise OTF on the overall upkeep
               within estimated fee revenue.                              and maintenance of the Parry Sound
         8. To monitor, guided by the terms of                            property.
               reference specific to each, the revenue             F. Professional Negotiation Procedures
               and expenditures for each OTF Fund.                    1. To carry on the investigation to provide
         9. To report at each meeting of the Board                        for legislation for fair bargaining practices
               of Governors, and to the Executive as                      between teachers and school boards.
               necessary.                                             2. To review the operation of Bill 100 and to
         10. To make recommendations to the                               advise the OTF of changes as required.
               OTF Executive regarding budgets and                    3. To review the regulations and operation of
               expenditures for special projects as                       the Education Relations Commission and
               determined by the Executive.                               to make recommendations for change.
      B. Committee of Presidents                                          (AB76)
         With the OTF President acting as chairperson,             G. Resolutions
         to study those areas of concern appropriate                  1. To receive motions arising out of committee
         to it and to accommodate the referrals made                      reports from the Executive, from Affiliates,
         to it by OTF.                                                    and from individual Governors, for
      C. Health and Safety (WB92)                                         presentation at each regular meeting of
         1. To discuss matters related to health                          the Board of Governors.
               and safety in the educational workplace                2. To ensure that each motion is worded in
               and to make such recommendations to                        proper and precise form and adheres to
               the Executive as the committee deems                       the original intent of the motion. (AB76)
               appropriate.
         2. To analyze and monitor the Acts and
               Regulations and to provide advice to the
               Executive as required.
         3. To deal with motions referred by the
               Executive and the Board of Governors.
         4. To study changes and trends related to
               occupational health and safety, and health
               and safety within the education sector,
               and report to the Executive on these
               matters.
      D. Roy C. Hill Awards Advisory Committee
         To examine the merits of proposals submitted
         by applicants for the Hilroy Fellowships and to



40   We the Teachers of Ontario
general, reserVe
                                                              by a double majority vote of the members registered
                                                              at a meeting of the Board of Governors, providing
                                                              that a notice of motion has been introduced at a

and wOrKing                                                   previous meeting. (WB01)



CaPital funds
                                                          WORKING CAPITAL FUND — Terms of Reference
                                                          Revenue
                                                          The surplus from the General Fund, subject to a motion
                                                          by the Board of Governors.

                                                          Borrowing
                                                          The Secretary-Treasurer may borrow from the Working
                                                          Capital Fund, without payment of interest, such monies
                                                          as may be required to cover operating expenses within
                                                          the current General Fund Budget.
GENERAL FUND —Terms of Reference
Expenditures may be made from the General Fund:           Limitation
1. By the Board of Governors:                             No expenditures, other than those loans made to the
   (a) according to the Teaching Profession Act;          Secretary-Treasurer to cover operating expenses,
   (b) according to OTF By-Laws II and XII;               may be charged to the Working Capital Fund except
   (c) to finance new programs as they become             by motion of the Board of Governors. (SB80)
       expenditure items;
   (d) to meet over-expenditures in any of the
       expenditure category totals;
   (e) to finance program changes to the approved
       current budget.
2. By the Executive:
   (a) according to the Teaching Profession Act;
   (b) for expenses incurred pursuant to the activities
       authorized under OTF By-Laws III, VII and
       XII;
   (c) to finance and control individual items within
       each budget category;
   (d) to finance and control over-expenditures of any
       individual item within the budget categories.
3. By the Secretary-Treasurer:
   (a) for expenses incurred pursuant to the activities
       authorized under OTF By-Laws IV, VI and
       XII;
   (b) as items are approved by the Board of
       Governors and/or the Executive. (AB74)

RESERVE FUND —Terms of Reference (AB96)
1. There shall be a Reserve Fund and the principle
   of a Reserve Fund shall be reviewed every five
   years by the Board of Governors at the Annual
   Meeting.
2. Disposition of revenue from the investment of the
   Reserve Fund shall be determined by an annual
   decision of the Board of Governors.
3. The use of the Reserve Fund shall be determined



September 2008                                                                                              41
     teaChers'                                              The Partners’ Committee is the means by which the
                                                            partners—the Government and the OTF Executive—

     PensiOns                                               meet to fulfill their responsibilities to the Pension Plan.
                                                            Each partner names three representatives to the
                                                            Partners’ Committee.

                                                            The teachers’ representatives are the officers of
                                                            OTF—the President, the First-Vice President and the
                                                            Past President. The teacher representatives on the
                                                            Committee change as the officers of OTF change.

                                                            The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is a defined
                                                            benefits plan. In a defined benefits plan, the trustees
                                                            must ensure that the pension fund can provide the
     The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is a partnership    pension that teachers have been promised. This means
     between the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and the       that teachers’ pensions are based on a pre-determined
     Government of Ontario. Before 1989, the Teachers’      level of benefits. It also means the retirees’ benefits
     Superannuation Fund was entirely under the control     are ensured. For example, all teacher pensions are
     of the Government of Ontario. In 1989, it was set up   increased annually based on the Canadian Consumer
     as a separate corporation. In 1991, a partnership      Price Index to a maximum of 8%.
     was formed between OTF and the Government. The
     Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan was created by the      Currently, teachers contribute 7.3% of their salaries
     Teachers’ Pension Act of the Ontario Parliament.       up to the Canada Pension Plan’s Yearly Maximum
                                                            Pensionable Earnings ($39,900 in 2003) and 8.9% of
     The terms of this partnership mean:                    salary in excess of that amount. The Government of
     • Each partner names four people to serve on           Ontario makes a matching contribution.
        the Board of Directors of the Ontario Teachers’
        Pension Plan.                                       Teachers are eligible to receive an unreduced pension
     • Together the partners name a ninth person to         when they cease to be employed as a teacher and
        serve as the Chair of the Board.                    when their age and years of credited service total at
     • Each partner names people to sit on a                least 85, or when they reach age 65.
        Partners’ Committee.
     • The Government and OTF, as the partners,             Reduced pensions are also available to teachers
        jointly share in the risks.                         who have reached the age of 50. You can find out
     • The Government represents the employer in            more about your personal situation and more details
        the partnership.                                    regarding the teachers’ pension plan generally by
     • OTF represents the members of the Plan.              visiting the website at www.otpp.on.ca or by contacting
                                                            the:
     OTF has a process for naming people to the Board of
     Directors defined by By-Law XII. You can read about        Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board
     this process by clicking here.                             5650 Yonge Street, Suite 400
                                                                North York, Ontario M2M 4H5
     Since the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is a
     partnership between teachers and the Government,           Telephone: (416) 226-2700
     both partners share the good and the bad. This             All area codes: 1-800-668-0105
     means that when the investments of the Pension             FAX: (416) 730-7807, 1-800-949-8208
     Fund do well and the Plan has an actuarial gain, the
     partners negotiate how these gains are spent. If the   When corresponding with the Ontario Teachers’
     investments do poorly, the partners have to share in   Pension Plan Board, the contributor’s Social Insurance
     the responsibility of making up the shortfall.         Number is required.



42     We the Teachers of Ontario
retired
                                                          Approximately 63,000 RTO/ERO members and their
                                                          dependents participate in health and other insurance
                                                          plans such as Extended Health Care, Travel While

teaChers                                                  Outside Ontario, Vision, Dental, Auto and Life Insurance.
                                                          A Long Term Care Plan is offered for members, as well


Of OntariO
                                                          as for active teachers and administrators who become
                                                          Associate RTO/ERO Members.

                                                          RTO/ERO takes political action on matters of concern
                                                          to its members, and provides financial assistance
                                                          and support to members in need. Members receive
                                                          a quarterly news magazine and have access to a
                                                          website, annual Tax Tips, over 50 Fact Sheets and a
                                                          group travel program.


The Retired Teachers of Ontario/les enseignantes          Membership in RTO/ERO is not automatic upon
et enseignants retraités de l’Ontario (RTO/ERO) is        retirement. Members pay the small amount of $1.10 per
a provincial, bilingual organization of retired Ontario   every $1000 of pension received, with the membership
teachers, administrators and others receiving pensions    fee deducted yearly from the January pension cheque
and allowances under the Teachers’ Pension Act, and       by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. Retirees
administered by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.       wishing to participate in any of our health insurance
Formed in 1968 (under the name Superannuated              plans must be members of RTO/ERO.
Teachers of Ontario STO/ERO), RTO/ERO is the
official voice of retired teachers, promoting and            Harold Brathwaite
protecting their interests, particularly in the area of      Executive Director
pensions, health care and insurance needs.                   Retired Teachers of Ontario
                                                             18 Spadina Road, Suite 300
Membership in RTO/ERO totals 58,000 with members             Toronto, ON M5R 2S7
ranging in age from approximately 52 to over 100. This       Telephone: (416) 962-9463, 1-800-361-9888
number includes about 3,000 associate members,               FAX (416) 962-1061
most of whom receive spousal pension as the widows           www.rto-ero.org
or widowers of retired teachers. Most RTO/ERO
members live in Ontario and are affiliated with one of
the 47 districts into which the provincial organization
is divided. Approximately 750 members live in other
parts of Canada or outside Canada and maintain an
association with the Ontario area in which they taught.
Over half of these members belong to the District in
British Columbia.

RTO/ERO provides numerous services to its members,
including advocating on a variety of issues such as
health care, education, environmental and social
concerns. Staff also monitors pension legislation
changes. RTO/ERO participates in regular discussions
with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) and serves
as a voting member of the OTF Pension Committee
and Pension Negotiations Committee.




September 2008                                                                                                43
     Otf affiliated
                                                                 As part of its mission, AEFO:
                                                                 1. protects the individual and collective rights of its
                                                                     members;

     federatiOns and
                                                                 2. promotes the French fact;
                                                                 3. maintains close ties with its members.


     assOCiatiOns                                                ORGANIZATION

                                                                 At the provincial level

                                                                 Policy Convention – AEFO’s first line of authority is
                                                                 its Policy Convention, which is held every two years,
     With the passing of the Teaching Profession Act in
                                                                 on even-numbered years, usually during the March
     1944, the five federations became the affiliated bodies
                                                                 break.
     of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation. They remain, as
                                                                      All members of AEFO have the right to be heard
     far as possible, autonomous bodies, working under
                                                                 at the Policy Convention in a consultative capacity;
     their own constitutions. Every member of the Ontario
                                                                 however, persons elected to the Executive Committee
     Teachers’ Federation is a member of one of these
     Affiliates, and it is by and through the Affiliates that    of AEFO, Association representatives on the OTF
     nearly all matters that concern the individual member       Board of Governors, the members of the Board of
     are handled. Each Affiliate provides special services —     Directors, and Branch Affiliate representatives have
     sickness benefits, legal advice, publications, etc. — for   the right to vote.
     its members, and the members decide what services                The Policy Convention establishes the Association’s
     they want and what fee they wish to pay for these           general policies, broad objectives, major initiatives,
     services. Following is an outline of the organization of    and priorities. It also elects the members of the
     each of the Affiliates, and the services it provides at     Executive Committee, sets member contributions, and
     present. The fees are listed in the Regulation under        establishes Association Bylaws.
     the Teaching Profession Act.
                                                                 Annual General Meeting – Once a year, the Board of
                                                                 Directors holds a general meeting to establish annual
                                                                 budget parameters, as well as to receive annual
                                                                 financial statements, auditors’ reports and Association
                                                                 activity reports.

                                                                 Board of Directors – The AEFO Board of Directors
     The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants         is composed of the members of the Executive
     franco-ontariens (AEFO) was founded in Ottawa on            Committee, AEFO representatives on the OTF Board
     May 12, 1939. Its membership comprises 7,200                of Governors, the President, one person from each of
     teachers working in the French-language schools of          the twelve Branch Affiliates, and a representative from
     Ontario, both elementary and secondary, as well as          the School Authorities Regional Unit.
     public and Catholic.                                             The Board of Directors meets three times a year. It
         The Association’s provincial office is located in       is responsible for the AEFO budget and for all decisions
     Ottawa.                                                     made between Policy Conventions.

     MISSION STATEMENT                                           Executive Committee – The AEFO Executive
     AEFO is a professional francophone organization             Committee is composed of nine members, eight of
     composed of teachers working in Ontario’s Catholic          whom are elected for a two-year term at the Policy
     and public French-language schools. The Association         Convention: the President; two Vice-Presidents; the
     promotes and defends the individual and collective          immediate Past President; at least three Executive
     interests of its members, as well as those of the           Officers, and the AEFO representative on the OTF
     teaching profession and French-language education           Executive. The final member is the General Secretary
     in Ontario.                                                 of the Association.



44     We the Teachers of Ontario
        The Presidency of AEFO is a full-time position     Each year, the Branch Affiliates of the provincial AEFO
and its incumbent works at the provincial office of        receive a grant which represents 33% of the net income
AEFO.                                                      derived from the contributions of statutory members,
        The Executive Committee meets every month          both regular and supply.
and is responsible for the execution of activities
determined by the Policy Convention, the Annual            MEMBER SERVICES
General Meeting, and the Board of Directors. It is also
charged with overseeing the regular operations of the      1. Collective bargaining – AEFO is the negotiating
Association.                                               agent on behalf of French-language school teachers in
                                                           Ontario. It provides training to bargaining teams and
Provincial Standing Committees – AEFO is a                 supports them throughout the bargaining process. A
dynamic and constantly evolving Association which          senior manager of AEFO acts as a spokesperson at
owes much of its vitality to its Provincial Standing       the bargaining table.
Committees. These committees, which are composed
of AEFO members who work in a variety of educational       2. Management of collective agreements – AEFO
settings, constitute an important source of new            and the Branch Affiliates ensure that collective
ideas and perspectives concerning the Association’s        agreements are complied with and oversee the
programs and activities.                                   adjudication of grievances on behalf of members.

The Provincial Standing Committees are:                    3. Professional relations – AEFO offers information,
• the Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee;            counselling, intervention and support services, and, in
• the Budget Committee;                                    some instances, legal support services, to members
• the Professional Development and Teacher                 who experience professional or personal difficulties.
• Training Advisory Committee;
• the Legislation Committee;                               4. Professional development – AEFO offers a variety
• the Meritorious Award Committee;                         of training sessions to its members throughout the
• the Status of Women Advisory Committee;                  school year, as well as financial and organizational
• the Relief Allocation Committee; and                     support to a number of educational associations in
• the Insurance Advisory Committee.                        the province. The Association also cooperates with
                                                           other organizations to develop training sessions and
At the regional level                                      instructional resources for its members.

Branch Affiliates – AEFO has 12 local Branch               5. Communications –
Affiliates, (whose respective territories correspond
to those of the 12 French-language school boards)              •   the bimonthly newsletter En bref
and one School Authorities Regional Unit (for remote           •   Infofax
communities). A Branch Affiliate comprises all AEFO            •   various publications
members—both regular and supply teachers—who                   •   web site: www.franco.ca/aefo
are employed by the corresponding school board. The
School Authorities Regional Unit is composed of the        General Secretary:
regular and supply teachers employed by the various               Réjean LaRoche
School Authorities.                                               681 Belfast Road
     AEFO is represented at each school or workplace              Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z4
by a Union Delegate.                                              Telephone: (613) 244-2336 or
     Every Branch Affiliate holds an annual meeting at            1-800-267-4217
which it elects an executive committee.                           Fax: (613) 563-7718 or 1-888-609-7718
     Each Branch Affiliate represents its members vis-à-          E-mail: aefo@aefo.on.ca
vis the provincial AEFO, the school boards, the regional          Web site: www.aefo.on.ca
organization of school principals, and the community. It
takes part in negotiating the collective agreement and
oversees the management of that agreement, with the
support of the provincial office.

September 2008                                                                                               45
                              ELEMENTARY                       PROVINCIAL ORGANIZATION
                              TEACHERS'
                              FEDERATION OF                    Annual Meeting
                              ONTARIO                          The Annual Meeting of ETFO is held in August each
                                                               year. Each local has a minimum of two voting delegates.
                                                               Additional delegates are calculated on the basis of one
     The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario was
                                                               per every one hundred and twenty members, or major
     formed in 1998 and represents the coming together
                                                               portion thereof, of the local.
     of two predecessor organizations - the Federation of
     Women Teachers’ Associations of Ontario (FWTAO)
                                                               Provincial Executive
     and the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation
                                                               The provincial Executive consists of the President,
     (OPSTF). These two federations had represented
                                                               First Vice-President, two Vice-Presidents (one of whom
     elementary teachers in public schools in Ontario since
                                                               must be a woman), OTF Table Officer, immediate
     the early part of this century.
                                                               Past President, and eight or nine Executive members
             The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of            (four of whom must be women) for a total of fourteen
     Ontario (ETFO) represents 65,000 teachers and             members. The provincial Executive meets monthly.
     education workers in elementary public schools
     across the province. ETFO members work in 38,000          Administrative Committee
     classrooms in over 2,500 schools. They teach more         The Administrative Committee of the Executive
     than 950,000 children ranging in age from four to         consists of the President, First Vice-President, Vice-
     fourteen years.                                           Presidents, the General Secretary, and the Deputy
                                                               General Secretary. The Administrative Committee
                                                               meets weekly.
     OBJECTS OF THE ETFO
     1. To regulate relations between employees and
                                                               Representative Council
        employer, including but not limited to securing and
                                                               The Representative Council consists of the Executive,
        maintaining through collective bargaining, the best
                                                               the General Secretary (in a non-voting capacity), the
        possible terms and conditions of employment.
                                                               presidents of each local and, depending on the size
     2. To advance the cause of education and the status
                                                               of the local, additional representatives from the locals.
        of teachers and educational workers.
                                                               The Council meets three times a year.
     3. To promote a high standard of professional ethics
                                                                        There are three Committees of the
        and a high standard of professional competence.
                                                               Representative Council - the Council Steering
     4. To foster a climate of social justice in Ontario and
                                                               Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Selection
        continue a leadership role in such areas as anti-
                                                               Committee for Standing Committees.
        poverty, non-violence and equity.
     5. To promote and protect the interests of all members
                                                               Provincial Standing Committees
        of the Federation and the students in their care.
                                                               There are twenty-one (21) provincial standing
     6. To co-operate with other organizations, in Ontario,
                                                               committees. Members are appointed to committees
        Canada, and elsewhere, having the same or like
                                                               based on recommendations received from the
        objects.
                                                               Selection Committee for Standing Committees.

     ETFO PRIORITIES
     •     To protect the collective bargaining rights of
                                                               LOCAL ORGANIZATION
           all members.
     •     To defend publicly funded public education.
                                                               Locals
     •     To serve the needs of the membership.
                                                               ETFO is represented by thirty-three (33) teacher
     •     To provide for the professional development
                                                               locals, thirty-one (31) occasional teacher locals, two
           of members.
                                                               (2) education support personnel locals, and one (1)
     •     To promote social justice in the areas of anti-
                                                               professional support personnel local at the district
           poverty, non-violence, and equity.
                                                               school board level. The locals provide services to
     •     To support international assistance and co-
                                                               ETFO members employed by the district school board
           operation.
                                                               and bargain on their behalf.

46     We the Teachers of Ontario
        Each local has a constitution and an executive.       Professional services staff work to foster a strong
Each local receives a fee rebate and release time from    active membership, an effective leadership, and high
the provincial organization.                              public visibility and credibility for our federation both
                                                          locally and provincially. Staff work to bring ETFO con-
Workplace Stewards                                        cerns to the attention of the government.
 Each school or workplace has a steward, a repre-
sentative of ETFO and the local. The steward shares       Communications
information about upcoming meetings, conferences          • ETFO Link and Women’s Issues Newsletter
and workshops, and relays news from the local and            distributed through the workplace steward.
provincial offices. Stewards assist in monitoring the     • VOICE, a magazine, mailed directly to each mem-
collective agreement.                                        ber.
                                                          • The ETFO website, www.etfo.ca
SERVICES TO MEMBERS
PROTECTIVE SERVICES
                                                          EQUITY AND WOMEN’S SERVICES
Collective Bargaining
                                                          Equity in ETFO
ETFO is the bargaining agent for all ETFO bar-
                                                          ETFO has designated positions for women on the
gaining units. ETFO collective bargaining staff
                                                          provincial Executive and constitutional guarantees for
provide direct assistance to locals to help them
                                                          programs for women and funding to provide them.
achieve and maintain strong collective agreements.
The Representative Council approved the following
                                                          The constitution and bylaws of ETFO guarantee sup-
bargaining goals for 2003-2004:
                                                          port, structures, and programs for aboriginal members,
                                                          visible minority members, lesbian, gay, bisexual and
1. To negotiate real salary increases.
                                                          transgender members, and members with disabilities.
2. To guarantee and improve working condi-
                                                          ETFO is an equity-seeking organization.
   tions.
3. To defend and improve existing benefits.
                                                          AWARDS
4. To achieve gains in equity provisions.

                                                          ETFO Awards include the following:
Professional Relations
                                                          • Aboriginal Women in Education - Women’s Pro-
ETFO professional relations staff provide information,
                                                             gram
advice, support, and intervention for members who are
                                                          • Anti-Bias Curriculum Development Award
experiencing professional problems that are not cov-
                                                          • Anti-Racist Scholarship
ered by the provisions of their collective agreement.
                                                          • Doctoral Scholarships
                                                          • Doctoral Scholarships - Women’s Program
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
                                                          • Educational Support/Professional Support Person
                                                             of the Year Award
Professional Development
                                                          • ETFO Bursaries (for members of designated
ETFO offers a number of professional growth oppor-
                                                             groups)
tunities to members:
                                                          • ETFO Bursaries (for members of designated
• full and half-day workshops;
                                                             groups) - Women’s Program
• credit courses recognized by QECO for category
                                                          • ETFO Bursaries (for sons and daughters of ETFO
     placement;
                                                             members)
• summer curriculum courses across all grades and
                                                          • Honorary Life Membership
     subjects;
                                                          • Humanitarian Award for a Non-ETFO Member
• regional conferences with a strong curricular focus;
                                                          • Humanitarian Award for an ETFO Member
     and
                                                          • Innovative Educators Award
• a curriculum resource inventory consisting of ma-
                                                          • Local Leadership Award
     terials developed by classroom teachers working
                                                          • Master’s Scholarships
     with the new curriculum.
                                                          • Master’s Scholarships - Women’s Program
                                                          • Multi-Media Award


September 2008                                                                                                47
     •    Multi-Media Award - Women’s Program                                 ONTARIO ENGLISH
     •    Newsletter Editor’s Award                                           CATHOLIC TEACHERS’
     •    Occasional Teacher of the Year Award                                ASSOCIATION
     •    Outstanding Bus Driver Award
     •    Outstanding Role Model for Women - Women’s
          Program                                          OECTA MISSION STATEMENT
     •    Rainbow Visions Award                            Recognizing our uniqueness as teachers in Catholic
     •    Women Who Develop Special Projects in Science    schools, we are an Association committed to the
          & Technology - Women’s Program                   advancement of Catholic education. As teacher
     •    Women Who Develop Special Projects/Study Units   advocates we provide professional services, support,
          on Women’s Issues – Women’s Program              protection and leadership.
     •    Women Working in Social Activism on behalf of
          Women and Children-Women’s Program               ORGANIZATION
     •    Women’s Studies Scholarship                      The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association
     •    Writer’s Award                                   was incorporated by Letters Patent on September 8,
     •    Writer’s Award - Women’s Program                 1944.
                                                              OECTA now represents 34,000 women and men
     General Secretary:                                    who have chosen teaching careers in the elementary
        Gene Lewis                                         and secondary publicly funded Catholic schools in
        480 University Avenue, Suite 1000                  Ontario.
        Toronto, ON M5G 1V2
        Telephone: (416) 962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836        PROVINCIAL LEVEL
        FAX: (416) 642-2424
        www.etfo.org                                       Provincial Executive: consists of President, Immediate
        glewis@etfo.org                                    Past President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-
                                                           President, Third Vice-President, Treasurer, two
                                                           Councillors and the elected Association representative
                                                           on OTF Executive. The General Secretary and the
                                                           Deputy General Secretary are non-voting members.
                                                           The Provincial Executive meets monthly.
                                                                Council of Presidents: consists of the Provincial
                                                           Executive, all Unit Presidents, and where the Unit
                                                           consists of more than one local teacher bargaining
                                                           unit, a representative of each local teacher bargaining
                                                           unit, the five elected members of the OTF Board of
                                                           Governors. ane one occasional local bargaining unit
                                                           representative for each of the northeast, northwest,
                                                           southwest and central regions. The General Secretary,
                                                           Deputy General Secretary and chairpersons of
                                                           standing committees and work groups are non-voting
                                                           members. The Council of Presidents meets three
                                                           times a year.
                                                                Annual General Meeting: consists of delegates
                                                           from each unit (one delegate for every 75 members or
                                                           major fraction thereof, with a minimum of two delegates
                                                           per unit) and the voting members of the Council of
                                                           Presidents. The Annual General Meeting is held during
                                                           annually during spring vacation week.
                                                                Provincial Committees: The standing committees
                                                           are: Audit, Awards, Beginning Teachers, Catholic
                                                           Education, Collective Bargaining, Communications and


48       We the Teachers of Ontario
Public Relations, Educational Aid, Elementary Schools,    function is to facilitate the arbitration of grievances
Finance, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Legislation,    according to the Ontario Labour Relations Act. As well,
Occasional Teachers, Personnel, Policial Advisory,        the department assists members with Employment
Professional Development Steering, Secondary              Insurance, Long Term Disability and Workers Safety
Schools, Teacher Education.                               and Insurance Board claims.

UNIT LEVEL                                                Counselling and Member Services
    Unit Executive: consists of President, Immediate           Counselling: Members are entitled to free
Past President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-        counselling services from the provincial office in all
President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding             professional matters.
Secretary, Treasurer and Councillors. The Unit                 Legal Services: Free legal counsel on all
Executive meets monthly.                                  professional matters is available, when deemed
    Unit Annual Meeting: consists of members in           appropriate, upon application to the Provincial
the Unit and shall take place before June 30 of each      Executive.
year.                                                          Grants: The Reserve Fund provides for grants of
                                                          up to $5,000 to members and former members retired
Collective Bargaining                                     on pension who are in dire financial need.
The Association offers assistance to all of its members        Post-Graduate Scholarships: Three scholarships
by assisting teacher-negotiators through seminars,        of $10,000 each are awarded each year to qualified
workshops, statistical information and analysis           members for full-time or part-time post-graduate
bulletins, and experienced and informed advice            study. Deadline date is April 1. Further information
regarding the conduct of collective negotiations.         regarding scholarships may be obtained by writing to
   In addition, Association personnel, particularly the   the provincial office.
members of the Collective Bargaining Committee and             Religious Study Fellowships: Three fellowships
the full-time staff officers, are prepared and willing    of $10,000 each are available each year to members
to visit local bargaining units to conduct workshops      for full-time or part-time study in Religious Education.
and seminars regarding all aspects of collective          Deadline date is April 1. Further information regarding
negotiations.                                             scholarships may be obtained by writing to the
                                                          provincial office.
Communications
The Communications Department is responsible              Government Relations Department
for delivering information about the Association and      The Government Relations Department oversees
its positions to its internal and external audiences.     liaison between OECTA's provincial and local offices
Responsibilities include the provision of research,       and the Ontario Government, as well as with Catholic
editorial, design and formatting support for all          and other education stakeholders, OTF and the
publications, the website and other projects including    Affiliates and the College of Teachers. The department
video, broadcast and print advertising, as well as        is responsible for media and community relations (with
media and community relations (with the Government        the Communications Department) and for maintaining
Relations Department). Communications Department          a watch on all current political developments to ensure
members edit and produce OECTA's newsletters,             that the provincial executive, staff and units promptly
AGENDA and FAXAGENDA and content for the                  receiverelevant material and information.
website, www.oecta.on.ca. Staff are also available
as communication consultants to OECTA's local units.      Professional Development Department
Research supports the wide range of educational           The Professional Department provices a range
and bargaining activities with which the association      of professional services to members. These
is concerned.                                             services include the development of publications,
                                                          the sponsorship of conferences and workshops, the
Contract Services                                         analysis of contemporary educational issues and the
The Contract Management Department ensures that           provision of Additional Qualifications Programs in
collective agreements are adminsitered fairly and         Religious Education. The department acts as liaison
properly in accordance to their agreed terms. A key       and teacher advocate with such organizations as the



September 2008                                                                                               49
     Educational Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO),                           ONTARIO SECONDARY
     the Ministry of Education and the Institute for Catholic                        SCHOOL TEACHERS'
     Education (ICE).                                                                FEDERATION

     General Secretary:
        Al Cornes (Acting)                                      INTRODUCTION
        Suite 400, 65 St. Clair Avenue East                     The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation
        Toronto, Ontario M4T 2Y8                                (OSSTF) represents teachers and educational support
        Telephone: (416) 925-2493, 1-800-268-7230               personnel employed by Ontario’s public, separate and
        FAX: (416) 925-7764                                     francophone district school boards.
        www.oecta.on.ca
                                                                Specifically, OSSTF represents
                                                                •       teachers
                                                                •       educational assistants
                                                                •       office, clerical and technical employees
                                                                •       professional student services personnel
                                                                •       plant and custodial personnel
                                                                •       educational instructors
                                                                •       other educational workers.

                                                                       OSSTF is a member of the Canadian Labour
                                                                Congress (CLC) and the Ontario Federation of Labour
                                                                (OFL).

                                                                THE PLEDGE
                                                                I solemnly dedicate myself to promote and advance
                                                                the cause of education.
                                                                         I will strive to achieve and maintain the
                                                                highest degree of professional competence and
                                                                will always uphold the honour, dignity, and ethical
                                                                standards of my profession.
                                                                         I pledge my loyalty and support to the
                                                                Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation
                                                                and will comply with the Constitution, Bylaws,
                                                                Policies, and established practices, which govern
                                                                its members.

                                                                ORGANIZATION AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL
                                                                A Provincial Executive elected at the Annual
                                                                Meeting of the Provincial Assembly every two
                                                                years and consisting of President, two Vice-
                                                                Presidents, Treasurer and three Executive
                                                                Officers. The General Secretary and Associate
                                                                General Secretary are non-voting members of
                                                                the Executive.

                                                                A Provincial Council consisting of
                                                                (a) Voting members as follows:
                                                                    (1) Provincial Councillors selected by the Districts
                                                                        in accordance with the Bylaws;
                                                                    (2) Provincial Councillors selected by the ESS
                                                                        and PSSP Sector Councils;

50     We the Teachers of Ontario
    (3) a Provincial Councillor selected by the            (4) A Judicial Council to adjudicate cases of alleged
        Occasional Teachers’ Committee;                        violation of the duties of members.
    (4) the voting members of the Provincial               (5) A Mediation Council involved with guiding
        Executive;                                             OSSTF in formulating and revising principles of
    (5) in the case of a tie vote, the Chairperson shall       professional conduct; encouraging and assisting
        be deemed a voting member.                             members in resolving disputes; and educating and
                                                               training members in managing conflict.
(b) Non-voting members as follows:                         (6) A Parliamentary and Constitution Council.
    (1) the General Secretary;                             (7) A Provincial Council Appeals Committee
    (2) discretionary members such as provincial               concerned with hearing appeals from a final
        committee chairpersons as the Provincial               decision of the Certification Appeal Board or the
        Council shall decide;                                  Judicial Council.
    (3) the members elected to the OTF Board of            (8) A Professional Student Services Personnel
        Governors;                                             Sector Council concerned with issues relating
    (4) a member selected by the Provincial Executive          to Professional Student Services Personnel
        in accordance with the Teaching Profession             members.
        Act;                                               (9) An Educational Support Staff Sector Council
    (5) the Chairperson of Provincial Council.                 concerned with issues relating to Educational
                                                               Support Staff members.
A Provincial Assembly consisting of                        (10)Comité des services en langue française
(a) Voting members as follows:                                 involved with advising OSSTF on matters relating
    (1) Delegates to the Provincial Assembly chosen            to the special needs of francophone and French
        in accordance with the bylaws;                         speaking members.
    (2) voting members of the Provincial Executive;
    (3) members elected to the OTF Board of                AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL
        Governors;                                         OSSTF is divided into 35 districts. Each district has
    (4) member selected by the Provincial Executive        a district executive, a district council, and district
        in accordance with the Teaching Profession         committees, paralleling those in the provincial
        Act.                                               organization. Each district also holds a district annual
(b) Non-voting members as follows:                         meeting. Districts are umbrella bodies that are made
    (1) Chairpersons of standing committees;               up of individual bargaining units.
    (2) Chairpersons of provincial councils;
    (3) Chairperson of Provincial Council;                 AT THE BARGAINING UNIT LEVEL
    (4) Chairpersons of special or ad hoc committees       The bargaining unit designates the OSSTF organization
        established by the Provincial Assembly;            of those members for whom OSSTF holds bargaining
    (5) members of the Secretariat;                        rights under the appropriate legislation. A bargaining
    (6) General Secretary and the Associate General        unit has a constitution and bylaws that are approved
        Secretary.                                         by a general meeting of the membership.

Provincial Standing Committees as designated in the        AT THE BRANCH LEVEL
bylaws and appointed by the Provincial Council.            A bargaining unit may be divided into branches as
(1) An Active Retired Members’ Council to foster the       determined by the bargaining unit.
    development of a strong body of retired members
    and to provide a forum for retired members.            SERVICES TO MEMBERS
(2) Benevolent Council to make grants to any member        Leadership and assistance to district, sector, bargaining
    or active retired member in financial difficulty.      unit and branch organizations in each of the follow
(3) A Certification Council and Appeal Board               areas:
    concerned with the evaluating and equating
    of teachers’ academic and professional
    qualifications.




September 2008                                                                                                 51
     Collective Bargaining                                        Scholarships and Bursaries
     OSSTF provides information to assist local bargaining        OSSTF offers a number of scholarships and bursaries
     units when bargaining with their employer. If necessary,     for its members and their families, to assist in their
     the provincial organization will assume negotiations on      post-secondary education studies.
     their behalf and with their assistance.
                                                                  OTG Financial Inc.
     Education Finance                                            The Ontario Teachers’ Group Financial Inc., is a medium
     Through the provincial committee, districts and              of savings and investment sponsored by OSSTF. It has
     bargaining units are given information to assist in          a registered and non-registered retirement savings
     understanding education finance.                             plan available to members and their families.

     Educational Services                                         OTIP
     Under the auspices of the Educational Services               The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan provides group
     Committee, many research and professional                    insurance benefits to bargaining units and individual
     educational projects are undertaken. Numerous                insurance coverage to active and retired members.
     conferences, seminars and workshops are offered to
     keep members and others abreast of current changes           General Secretary:
     in education.                                                       Wendy Bolt
                                                                         60 Mobile Drive
     Pensions and Benefits                                               Toronto, ON M4A 2P3
     The Pensions Officer provides advice and assistance                 Telephone: (416) 751-8300, 1-800-267-7867
     to members regarding the Ontario Teachers’ Pension                  FAX: (416) 751-3394
     Plan and the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement                www.osstf.on.ca
     System (OMERS).

     Personal Counselling
     OSSTF, through its professional staff, offers counselling
     services on matters of concern to local members and
     provides support services through outside agencies.

     Computer/InformationTechnology
     The provincial office provides information and
     personnel to assist local bargaining units in establishing
     appropriate communication processes through the use
     of information technology.

     Public Relations/Political Action
     OSSTF, through its professional staff and the
     Communications and Political Action Committee,
     provides ongoing advice and information on provincial
     and local communications and public relations.

     Professional Publications
     Each member receives four issues per year of the official
     publication Education Forum, without subscription fee.
     Other additional publications are made available to
     members without charge. OSSTF issues every second
     week, a newsletter entitled Update, which keeps the
     membership informed.




52     We the Teachers of Ontario
Presidents
                                                   1980-1981   Bro. Jean-Marc Cantin, Ottawa
                                                   1981-1982   George V. Meek, Thornhill
                                                   1982-1983   Fred Sweeney, London

Of the OntariO
                                                   1983-1984   Margaret Wilson, Toronto
                                                   1984-1985   Joan Westcott, Kitchener
                                                   1985-1986   Guy Matte, Ottawa

teaChers’                                          1986-1987
                                                   1987-1988
                                                               Doug McAndless, London
                                                               John Fauteux, Toronto


federatiOn
                                                   1988-1989   Rod Albert, Sudbury
                                                   1989-1990   Beverley Polowy, South Porcupine
                                                   1990-1991   Guill Archambault, Sudbury
                                                   1991-1992   Ron Poste, Trenton
                                                   1992-1993   Horst Schweinbenz, Hamilton
                                                   1993-1994   Jim Head, Scarborough
1944-1945    Norman McLeod, Leaside                1994-1995   Anne Wilson, Cobalt
             Aileen Noonan, Windsor                1995-1996   Ronald Robert, Sudbury
1945-1946    Helen Sheppard, North Bay             1996-1997   J. W. (Bill) Martin, Etobicoke
1946-1947    Rev. B. W. Harrigan, Hamilton         1997-1998   Eileen Lennon, Mississauga
1947-1948    Winston Davies, St. Catharines        1998-1999   Liz Barkley, Toronto
1948-1949    J. O. Proulx, Ottawa                  1999-2000   Barbara Sargent, Chatham
1949-1950    Eileen M’Gonigle Gladman, Toronto     2000-2001   Roger Régimbal, Gloucester
1950-1951    Norma Hackett, Windsor                2001-2002   Pearse Shannon, Hamilton
1951-1952    Dorothea McDonell, Ottawa             2002-2003   Phyllis Benedict, Peterborough
1952-1953    Percy W. Diebel, Hamilton             2003-2004   Yvan Roy, Penetanguishene
1953-1954    Arthur Savard, Ottawa                 2004-2005   Jim McQueen, Toronto
1954-1955    George L. Roberts, Oshawa             2005-2006   Marilies Rettig, Perth
1955-1956    Ruth Clarke, Port Hope                2006-2007   Hilda Watkins, Windsor
1956-1957    Rev. Sister Mary Lenore, Belleville   2007-2008   Maureen Davis, London
1957-1958    R. J. Bolton, Peterborough            2008-2009   George (Joe) Lamoureux, Barrie
1958-1959    Rev. Brother Frederic, Ottawa
1959-1960    H. O. Barrett, Toronto
1960-1961    Ruby McLean, Leamington
1961-1962
1962-1963
             Rev. J. H. Conway, London
             E. C. Longmuir, Toronto               seCretary-
                                                   treasurers
1963-1964    Reg. A. Cozens, Amherstburg
1964-1965    Marie Duhaime, Welland
1965-1966    Florence Irvine, Ancaster


                                                   Of Otf
1966-1967    P. F. O’Leary, Brantford
1967-1968    H. R. Wilson, Peterborough
1968-1969    J. D. McNabb, Peterborough
1969-1970    Brother Maurice Lapointe, Ottawa
                                                   1944-1974   Nora Hodgins
1970-1971    Hazel Farr, Simcoe
                                                   1974-1985   William A. Jones
1971-1972    Ian J. Fife, Etobicoke
                                                   1985-1995   Margaret Wilson
1972-1973    Rev. J. F. Kavanagh, London
                                                   1995-1996   Pierre Lalonde (acting)
1973-1974    G. P. Wilkinson, Stratford
                                                   1996-2003   Susan M. Langley
1974-1975    Isabel B. Ward, Pembroke
                                                   2003-2007   Ruth Baumann
1975-1976    Georges Gauthier, Ottawa
                                                   2007-       Rhonda Kimberley-Young
1976-1977    R. Ross Andrew, Ottawa
1977-1978    James J. Carey, London
1978-1979    Alan Murray, Kitchener
1979-1980    Margaret Beckingham, Mississauga



September 2008                                                                               53
     fellOws Of
                                       32.    Walter Clarke             76.    Robert L. Lamb
                                       33.    Gabrielle Levasseur       77.    A.E. “Bud” O’Neill
                                       34.    L. Dorothy Martin         78.    Ola Reith

     the OntariO                       35.
                                       36.
                                              Jean Richardson
                                              S.G.B. “Steve” Robinson
                                                                        79.
                                                                        1970
                                                                               James D. McNabb



     teaChers’
                                       37.    A. Cecilia Rowan          80.    Mary C. Babcock
                                       38.    Elizabeth D. Taylor       81.    Donald S. Felker
                                       39.    Marion Tyrrell            82.    Margaret Grant


     federatiOn
                                       40.    Margaret Bennie           83.    Veronica Houlahan
                                       41.    Dorothea McDonnell        84.    Thomas A. Sanders
                                       42.    Rev. Edwin C. Garvey      85.    Pearl E. Mowry
                                       43.    Elaine Kniseley           86.    Harry C. Redfern
                                       44.    Sister Marie Lionel       87.    Sister M. Aloysia
                                       45.    Murdoch McIver            88.    Anne-Marie Duchesne
                                       46.    Elsie M. Pomeroy          89.    Brother Maurice Lapointe
     1964                              47.    Rev. C. L. Siegfried      1971
      1.    The Hon. George A. Drew*   48.    Blanche Snell             90.    Thérèse Bélanger
      2.    Norman McLeod              49.    Sister M. Vincentia       91.    Ruth M. Campbell
      3.    Nora Hodgins               50.    Eva K. Walker             92.    Laura O. Cook
      4.    Roy F. Bennett                    (Mrs. W.C.A. Young)       93.    James Cuthbertson
      5.    Harriett E. Carr           1965                             94.    Harold B. Dean
      6.    Jack W. Cawood             51.    Thomas Aldcorn            95.    William A. Jones
      7.    Winston Davies             52.    James R. Causley          96.    John F. McGivney
      8.    Agnes Stephens             53.    J. Harvey Mitchell        97.    Ruth M. Willis
      9.    Clare R. Fallis            54.    Corbin A. Brown           98.    Hazel A. Farr
     10.    Adélard Gascon             55.    Alice Ogden               1972
     11.    Margaret M. Lynch          56.    Margaret A. Robinson       99.   Cora Bailey
     12.    Mary A. Macdonald          57.    Reginald A. Cozens        100.   Omer E. Deslauriers
     13.    E. Arnold Orr              58.    Marie Duhaime             101.   Ronald E. Edwards
     14.    Rev. L. K. Poupore         59.    Arthur Savard             102.   Marion I. Evans
     15.    Helen M. Sheppard          1966                             103.   George E. Flower
     16.    Roger St. Denis            60.    Sister Charles-Auguste    104.   Marie T. Kennedy
     17.    Monsignor B. W.                   (Simone Gamache)          105.   William J. McCordic
            Harrigan                   61.    Flora MacDonald           106.   Donald M. Ritchie
     18.    J. Ovide Proulx            62.    D. Arthur McAdam          107.   Alan W. Robb
     19.    Eileen Gladman             63.    Donald M. Graham          108.   John R. Rodriguez
     20.    Norma Hackett              64.    Wilfred W. Wees           109.   Robert M. Smith
     21.    Margaret Drago             65.    Florence G. Irvine        110.   Ian J. Fife
     22.    Percy W. Diebel            1967                             1973
     23.    George L. Roberts          66.    Sister Frances McCann     111.   Jean I. Aceti
     24.    E. Ruth Clarke             67.    Jean Watson               112.   James J. Carey
     25.    Mother Mary                68.    J.R.H. “Arch” Morgan      113.   Jean-David Corbeil
            Lenore Carter              69.    I.M. “Brick” Robb         114.   Daryl R. Hodgins
     26.    Robert J. Bolton           70.    Patrick F. O’Leary        115.   Rev. Jacques Martineau
     27.    Brother Frederic           1968                             116.   Annabell McNaughton
            (Philippe Faucher)         71.    Charles Mustard           117.   Thomas A. Tait
     28.    Harry O. Barrett           72.    Harvey R. Wilson          118.   Rev. J. Frank Kavanagh
     29.    Ruby McLean                1969
     30.    Rev. J. H. Conway          73.    Karl Bohren
     31.    E. Cecil Longmuir          74.    Bruce B. Dawson
                                       75.    Ruby C. Kinkead



54     We the Teachers of Ontario
1974                            159.   Pierre Lalonde         203.   George Saranchuk
119.   Marie-Thérèse            160.   Marie MacGregor        204.   Margaret Wilson
       Charlebois                      (Mrs. M. Rutledge)     1985
       (Mrs. M.-T. Brazeau)     161.   Alan Murray            205.   Jean-Paul Habel
120.   Robert J. Cooney         162.   Clarence W. Perry      206.   Susan Hildreth
121.   Lenore Graham            163.   Tom Taylor             207.   T. Ranald Ide
122.   Robert W. B. Jackson     164.   George H. Waldrum      208.   L. Brian Kenny
123.   Yvonne LeBel             1980                          209.   David J. Lennox
124.   Ronald E. Poste          165.   Margaret Beckingham    210.   B. Edmund Nelligan
125.   L. Morris Richardson     166.   Doreen Brady           211.   Shirley Stokes
126.   Gordon P. Wilkinson      167.   Wilma Dowling          212.   Eugène R. Touchette
1975                            168.   Linda MacKinnon        1986
127.   William C. Cunningham    169.   Marguerite Martel      213.   L. Burt Cottenden
128.   Florence Henderson       170.   George V. Meek         214.   R. G. (Des) Dixon
129.   Mary Hesser              171.   Owen B. Shime          215.   Mary C. Hill
130.   Kenneth F. Prueter       172.   Joan Westcott          216.   Kevin Kennedy
131.   Jeannine Séguin          1981                          217.   Guy Matte
132.   Wilbur R. Smalley        173.   Hervé Casault          218.   Edna Parker
133.   Isabel B. Ward           174.   Marc Cazabon           219.   Frances Poleschuk
1976                            175.   Frank Griffin          220.   A. Kay Sigurjonsson
134.   D. Carl Anderson         176.   Betty Hawke            221.   Léon Vigneault
135.   Frère Jean-Marc Cantin   177.   H. Bryce Warren        1987
136.   Sister Yvonne            1982                          222.   James Forster
       Desaulniers              178.   Patricia Carson        223.   L.-Anne Gagné
137.   Marie I. Myers           179.   Jean Coughlan          224.   Alice Grégoire-Bourdeau
138.   Leo D. Normandeau        180.   Kathleen A. B. Dyson   225.   Colm Harty
139.   The Hon. Thomas          181.   Mary W. Flynn          226.   J. Frank Kinlin
       L. Wells*                182.   James G. Head          227.   Douglas W. Knott
140.   Georges Gauthier         183.   F.W.D. “Doug”          228.   Larry Langdon
1977                                   McAndless              229.   Jeanne Milovanovic
141.   Derry Byrne              184.   Patrick A. Perdue      1988
142.   Neil Davis               185.   Jean V. Stubley        230.   Bruce E. Archer
143.   Lucien Hébert            186.   David L. Tough         231.   Jim Cooney
144.   Edward Minchin           1983                          232.   Jacqueline Dennis
145.   Jacques Schryburt        187.   Raymond J. Bergin      233.   Carol Dewey
146.   Reginald H. Soward       188.   Robert J. Denis        234.   T. John Fauteux
147.   R. Ross Andrew           189.   David J. S. Hughes     235.   Ada Hill
1978                            190.   Duncan A. Jewell       236.   Gisèle Martel
148.   Sister Alice Marie       191.   André Lécuyer          237.   G. Burleigh Mattice
149.   Roland Bidal             192.   William R. Menagh      238.   Peter R. Norman
150.   Jeanne Frolick           193.   Ada Schermann          239.   Patrick O’Neill
151.   Peter Gazzola            194.   Fred Sweeney           1989
152.   Paul Kennedy             195.   Ann Thomson            240.   Rod Albert
153.   Ronald M. Stephen        1984                          241.   Maude Barlow
1979                            196.   Elizabeth Barkley      242.   Robert M. Buckthorp
154.   The Hon. Pauline         197.   Lois M. Black*         243.   Elaine Cline
       M. McGibbon*             198.   Richard A. Dodds       244.   Jacques Hallé
155.   Lewis J. Contini         199.   Doris Harrison         245.   Suzann Jones
156.   John F. Cronin           200.   Dan F. McArthur        246.   David C. Kendall
157.   David G. Dewar           201.   Howard Moscoe          247.   Gertrude MacCrimmon
158.   John Kuchinak            202.   Serge P. Plouffe       248.   André Pinard
                                                              249.   Betty Walsh

September 2008                                                                             55
     1990                             1994                           341.   Marshall Jarvis
     250.   Malcolm Buchanan          296.   Roger Cayer             342.   Florence Keillor
     251.   Joan Byrne                297.   Frank Dillon            343.   Barbara Kucherka
     252.   Herb Cooney               298.   Thomas William          344.   Michele Landsberg*
     253.   David Eaton                      Dunseath                345.   W. Garth McMillan
     254.   Eileen Lennon             299.   Bob Garthson            346.   Maret Sädem-Thompson
     255.   Sister Sheila McAuliffe   300.   Earl Manners            1999
     256.   Mel McFayden              301.   Michael McGinnis        347.   Betty Ann Bushell
     257.   Helen Penfold             302.   Raymond Monette         348.   Diane Chénier
     258.   Beverley Polowy           303.   Barbara Sargent         349.   Peter Herrndorf*
     259.   Gérard Raymond            304.   Rosemarie Stasios*      350.   Brad Kuhn
     260.   Dr. David Suzuki*         1995                           351.   Sondra Nesterenko
     1991                             305.   Edwin Alexander                (post humously)
     261.   Guill Archambault         306.   Claudette Boyer         352.   Greg Pollock
     262.   Allan Edward Bacon        307.   Réjean (Reg) Ferland    353.   Daniel Racine
     263.   Helen Biales              308.   Beverly Gardner         354.   Pearse Shannon
     264.   Mary Ellen Carey          309.   Pat Kincaid             355.   Lorraine Stewart
     265.   Noel S. Clark             310.   Jacqueline Levesque     2000
     266.   Marie-Reine Forest        311.   Ronald George Merrett   356.   Marilyn Laframboise
     267.   Richard F. Johnston*      312.   Bev Ough                357.   Diana Tomlinson
     268.   Mary Elizabeth Labatt     313.   Claire Ross             358.   Richard Prophet
     269.   Bill Martin               314.   Mike Walsh              359.   Ann Cook Petz
     270.   Robert Millaire           1996                           360    Ruth Baumann
     271.   François Tisi             315.   Clifford Berry          361.   Ray Fredette
     272.   Anne Margaret Wilson      316.   Michèle Chrétien-       362.   Fiona Nelson
     1992                                    Guidolin                363.   Raymond Vaillancourt
     273.   Joseph W. Atkinson        317.   Albert Dukacz           364.   The Hon. William Davis*
     274.   Sergine Rachelle          318.   Jim Gardhouse           2001
            Bouchard                  319.   Sheryl Hoshizaki        365.   Rachelle Chrétien
     275.   Denyse Brisson            320.   Gail Kingsley           366.   Jeff Heximer
     276.   Michael Coté              321.   Bernard Lefebvre        367.   Randy McGlynn*
     277.   Lorne Earl Creighton      322.   Peter Murphy            368.   Emily Noble
     278.   Claudette Foisy-Moon      323.   Ronald Robert           369.   Yvan Roy
     279.   Mary P. Gunn              324.   Mary Vernon             370.   Beverley Saskoley
     280.   Victoria Hiebert-Hannah   1997                           371.   Jim Smith
     281.   Jack Hutton               325.   John Campbell           2002
     282.   Susan M.                  326.   Catherine Cazabon       372.   Tony Andreacchi
            (Owens) Langley           327.   Carol Corsetti          373.   Jacques Gascon
     283.   James E. Sparrow          328.   Margaret Couture        374.   Howard Goldblatt*
     1993                             329.   Margaret Gee            375.   Paul Howard
     284.   Rosemary Brown*           330.   Jeffrey F. Holmes       376.   Lise Routhier Boudreau
     285.   J. Frank Clifford         331.   Paul Inksetter          377.   Carolyn Stevens
     286.   Douglas M. Deller         332.   Thomas G. Lyons         378.   Susan Swackhammer
     287.   Margaret Dempsey          333.   William W. Markle*      379.   Nancy Wannamaker
     288.   J. Antero Elo             334.   Roger Régimbal          2003
     289.   Laurent Joncas            335.   Marilies Rettig         380.   H. Ruth Behnke
     290.   Gene T. Lewis             1998                           381.   Gérald Bélisle
     291.   Terry Mangan              336.   Phyllis Benedict        382.   Maureen Davis
     292.   Horst Schweinbenz         337.   Diane M. Chénier        383.   Wendy E. Matthews
     293.   Kathryn Soule             338.   Neil Doherty            384.   Kathryn McVean
     294.   Zubeda Vahed              339.   Bernard Éthier          385.   Harry Mulvale
     295.   Monique Yelle             340.   William (Bill) Getty    386.   Charles E. Pascal*

56    We the Teachers of Ontario
2004                                         2008
387.   Mary Gordon                           424.   Ed Chudak
388.   Barbara Grizzle                       425.   Ken Coran
389.   Claire Huneault                       426.   Caramine Hall
390.   Annie Kidder*                         427.   Sam Hammond
391.   Jim McQueen                           428.   Claude Lamoureux*
392.   Bruce McWhinnie                       429.   Jan Moxey
393.   Reno Melatti                          430.   Bill Reith
394.   Paul Taillefer                        431    Ken Thurston
395.   Susan Thede                           432.   Larry Trafford
2005
396.   Diane Balanyk-McNeil
397.   Rosemary Clark
398.   David Clegg
399.   Wayne Cornack
400.   Danielle Francis
401.   Taylor Gunn *
402.   Alain Lamoureux                       ______
403.   Sheila Vandenberk                     * Non-Member
2006
404.   Gerald Armstrong
405.   The Honourable James K. Bartleman *
406.   Marie-Élisabeth Brunet
407.   Normand Dubé
408.   Ron Gugula
409.   Donna Lacavera
410.   Gail Oleszkowicz
411.   Barbara Richter
412.   Sherry Rosner
413.   Harold Vigoda
2007
414.   Claudia Guidolin
415.   Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste
416.   Lynn Johnston *
417.   Donna Marie Kennedy
418.   Rhonda Kimberley-Young
419.   Peter Lipman
420.   Jim McMahon
421.   Charlotte Morgan
422.   Terri Taggart
423.   Hilda Watkins




September 2008                                                          57
                      Index                                  Board of Governors 17
                                                             Borrowing 20
                                                             Canadian Teachers’ Federation 21
                                                             Executive 18
     A                                                       Fees 20
                                                             Membership 15
     Admissions 29
                                                             Officers 19
     Adverse Report 11
                                                             Office and headquarters 20
     Affiliated Federations 44–52
                                                             Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board 21
     Affiliates 2,5,8,15–17,24,44,44–52
                                                             Policy 22
      Benefits 44
                                                             Signing Officers 20
      Fees 18,20
                                                             Voting by double majority 18
      Membership 15
      Recommendations 20
      Representation 26                                     C
     Amendments
                                                            Canadian Teachers’ Federation 2,3,4,21–22
      By-Law II 17
                                                             By-Law XIII 21
      General Fund 41
                                                             Fees 3
      Procedures 17
                                                            Certification 29
      To Policy 21
                                                            Child Care Services 36
     Application for membership
                                                            Civil Rights 24–25
      By a former member 8
                                                            Class Size 25
     Association des enseignantes et des enseignants
                                                            College of Teachers 23,34
             franco-ontariens 2,5,8,15,21,44–45
                                                            Committees 2,19,38–40
     Awards and Grants.See also Blanche E. Snell
                                                             By-law V 19
             Estate Fund; Fellowship in OTF; Greer Award;
                                                             Expenses 17,20
             OTIP Teaching Award
                                                             Procedures 17
                                                             Relations and Disciplice 38
     B                                                       Special
                                                               Budget and Finance 39
     Benefits 44
                                                               Committee of Presidents 39
      Gratuities 33
                                                               Health and Safety 39
     Bilingualism 23,36
                                                               Parry Sound Property 40
     Blanche E. Snell Estate Fund 4,39
                                                               Professional Negotiation Procedures 40
     Board of Governors 2,5–7,8,17,21–23,23,38–40
                                                               Resolutions 40
      Amendments 21
                                                               Roy C. Hill 40
      By-Law II 17
                                                             Standing 38
      Composition 2,17
                                                               Educational Finance 38
      Expenditures 41
                                                               Educational Studies 38
      Expenses 17
                                                               International Assistance 38
      General Fund 41
                                                               Legislation 38,39
      Meetings 2,6,9,16
                                                               Pension 38
      Procedures 9,10
                                                               Status of Women 38
      Vacancy 6
                                                               Teacher Education 39
     Breach of Contract.See Contract and
                                                             Terms of Reference 38–40
            Tenure;See Relations and Discipline
                                                            Committee of Presidents 10,40
     Brief to Cabinet 23
                                                            Communications 3
     Budget and Finance Committee.See Special
                                                            Continuing Education 28
            Committees
                                                            Contract and Tenure 26
     By-Laws 15
                                                             Breach of contract 11,24
      Auditors 20
                                                             Leave Plans 27
      Banking 20


58     We the Teachers of Ontario
Curriculum 23,35,36                                  List of Fellows 54–57
 Development and Implementation 35                  Financial Management 41
 Monitor and evaluate 23                             Auditors 20,41
Curriculum Forum 3                                   Banking 20
                                                     Borrowing 20

D                                                    Executive 20
                                                     Signing Officers 20
Discrimination 26,33                                First vice-president.See President
Double Majority Vote.See By-Law II: Section 6       French Language Teacher Education Institutions 30


                                                    G
E                                                   General Duties of Members 10
Educational Support Personnel 31                     To Educational Authorities 11
Education for a Global Perspective 36                To Fellow Members 11
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)    To Pupils 10
      5,6–7,15,46–48                                 To the Federation 11
Equal Opportunity 33                                 To the Public 11
Ethics 7,10,24                                      General Fund 41
Evaluation 34                                       Government 32-33
 Student Evaluation 34                                    Government of Ontario 32
 Teacher Evaluation 34                                    Government of Canada 32
Evidencing Regulations and Resolutions 14           Gratuities 33
Executive 2,5,6,18–20                               Greer Award 3
 By-law III 18,41
 Composition 6
 Expenditure 41
                                                    H
 Expenses 18,20                                     Harrassment 37
 Financial Management 6                             Health and Working Conditions 25,26,28
 General Fund 41                                     Class size 25,28
 Meetings 9                                          Teachers with a physical handicap 26
   Quorum 10                                        Hiring 32
 Policy resolutions 24                              History of OTF 5–7
 Procedures 19                                      House Committee 18
 Vacancy 6
Expenses
 See Board of Governors, Executive, General Fund,
                                                    I
      Working Capital Fund                          Identification, Placement and Review Committee.
 Extra-Curricular Activities 26                            See Special Education
                                                    In-Service 25,30,35–36

F                                                   Induction 31
                                                    Insurance 28
Federation Involvement 25                           International Assistance Fund
Federation of Women Teachers’ Associations of         CODE.See Standing Committees: International
      Ontario 4,7,8                                        Assistance
Fees 18.See also CTF;See also OTF
 CTF 3
 OTF 3,20
                                                    L
Fellowship Award (OTF) 3                            Labour Education 33
Fellowship in OTF 16,54.See also Awards and         Leave Plans 27
      Grants


September 2008                                                                                    59
     Legislation Committee.See Standing Committees:         Survivor Benefits 33
           Legislation                                      Teachers’ Pension Act 6,21,42
     Length of School Year 27                              Personal Files 25
                                                           Policy

     M                                                      By-Law XIV 21
                                                            Contravention of 25
     Medical and Physical Procedures 28                    Policy Resolutions 24–37
      Insurance 28                                         Practicum 30
     Membership in OTF 2,5,16,31                           President 16,19,40.See also Standing Committees
      Affiliates 15–17                                      List of Presidents 53
      Application by a Former Member 8                      Meetings 10
      Associate 5                                          Presidents of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation 53
      By-Law I 15–17                                       Principal 5,25,31,32
      By-Law X 20                                          Professional Development 23
      Duties of a Member 10–11                              In-service 25,29,30,34,35
      Fees 8,20                                            Professional Relationships 24
      Statutory 8                                          Programs 25
      Teaching Profession Act 5–7                          Proposed Amendments to the Teaching Profession
      Voluntary 8,16                                              Act 22
     Merit Pay 33                                          Public Office 25
     Minister and Ministry of Education 2,3,5,6,8,18,21,   Public Relations 23
            25,29,34,35
                                                           R
     N                                                     Regionalization 27
     Nominating Committee 10                               Regulation Made Under the Teaching Profession Act
                                                                 2,5,8,22,38

     O                                                     Relations and Discipline 10,24–25
                                                            Committee 10,24,38
     Objects of the Federation 5                            Policy Resolutions 24
     Occasional teachers 16                                 Procedures 11,38
     Officers 5–6                                          Representation 2,25
      By-Law IV 19                                         Representation on Other Organizations 2,23,25
     Office and Headquarters 3,20                          Reserve Fund 41
     Ontario College of Teachers.See College of            Resolutions 14
            Teachers                                        Evidencing 14
     Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association        Responsiblities of OTF 23
            2,8,15,48–51                                   Retired Teachers of Ontario 43
     Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation 4,7,15     Retirement 5,16,33
     Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation         Rights and Responsibilities 25
            2,5,8,15                                        Bilingualism 34–35
     Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board 21,42             Educational Support Personnel 32
     Organization of OTF 2,5–7,44                           Lifelong learning 25
     OTIP Teaching Awards 4                                 Regulation Made under the TPA 8
                                                            Representation 23

     P
                                                           S
     Paid Support Personnel 31–32
     Pensions 31,42                                        Salary 27
      Plan design 31                                       Schools 31–32
      Responsibility 31                                     Development 25


60     We the Teachers of Ontario
School Boards 8,30,31,40                         Terms of Reference 38
School Year 27                                   Third vice-president.See President
Second vice-president 19.See President           Trustee Act 6
Secretary-Treasurer 5–7,9,10,12,13,19,38,41
 General Fund 41
 Meetings 9
                                                 V
 Membership 16                                   Vice-President.See President
Secretary-Treasurers of OTF 53                   Vice-Principal.See Principal
Separate School Funding 25                       Voluntary Membership.See Membership in OTF
Social Insurance Number 33,42                    Volunteers 32
Solicitor 18
Special Committees 2,10
 Budget and Finance 10,39                        W
 Committee of Presidents 40                      Working Capital Fund 41
 Health and Safety 10,40                          Expenses 41
 Hilroy Fellowship Advisory 10                   Work in Other Occupations 24
 Parry Sound Property 10,40
 Professional Negotiation Procedures 10,40
 Resolutions 10,40
 Roy C. Hill Awards 40
 Teacher Education 39
 Terms of Reference 10
Special Education 35–36
Standing Committees 2,10,18
 Educational Finance 10,38
 Educational Studies 10,38
 International Assistance 10,39
 Legislation 10,39
 Pension 10,39
 Status of Women 10,19,39
 Teacher Education 10,39
 Terms of Reference 10,38,40,41
Strikes
 By Other Unions 28


T
Taxation 32,33
Teachers’ Pension Act 5,6.See Pensions
Teacher Aids.See Educational Support Personnel
Teacher Education 29
 Admissions 29
 Alternative Programs 30
 In-Service 30
 Induction 31
 Practicum 30
 Program 29
Teaching Profession Act 5–7,14,15,16,22,25,33,
      39,48
 Regulation Made Under the Teaching Profession
      Act 8



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               Ontario Teachers’ Federation
Fédération des enseignantes et des enseignants de l’Ontario
        1300 Yonge Street, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M4T 1X3
      (416) 966-3424, 1-800-268-7061   FAX (416) 966-5450
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