President Address

President’s Message

The Ottawa Carleton Elementary Occasional Teachers’ Association (OCEOTA) maintains a local union office at 150-1150 Morrison Dr, Ottawa. The office is normally open from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. and is staffed by myself, Pat Dixon, 1st V-P Jamieson Dyer and Katharine Fitzpatrick, our office assistant.

OCEOTA is a local of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). As such, we are the representative for more than 1900 occasional teachers. It is the OCEOTA’s mandate to bargain, as outlined in the Labour Relations Act, and negotiate the best possible Collective Agreement for our members and to ensure that our employer, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, and its administrators, adhere to the articles as outlined in that Collective Agreement. In addition, the OCEOTA provides professional learning workshops, opportunities for member input through Focus Groups, orientation for new members, counseling for members, dispute resolution, and other services as needed. We liaise with other locals, ETFO, and the Ottawa Labour Council.

Our elected executive meets once a month to receive reports, plan upcoming events, make executive decisions and to give direction to the President. Each executive member has an area of responsibility. They work predominantly on a voluntary basis but you can reach them through GEM with questions pertaining to their portfolios. Please see the 2021-23 Executive page for more details. Sometimes you can reach them at the office when they are in for a day to perform specific duties assigned by the President. As well as a President, the OCEOTA Executive is comprised of:

  1. a 1st Vice-President
  2. a 2nd Vice-President
  3. and five Members-at-Large

Every member who wishes to be involved can volunteer to join the Professional Learning Committee, the Status of Women Committee, the Social Justice Committee, the Political Action Committee or the Social Committee. From time to time, volunteers are needed to serve on task forces, focus groups and short-term projects. I hope that every member will keep themselves informed by reading the President’s Updates and regularly checking GEM and this website. Members should know their Collective Agreement and their Constitution, both of which can be found on this site. Members are expected to attend all General Meetings to vote on important issues and give direction to the Executive.

Individual members may make an appointment at any time to meet with me to discuss workplace issues or ask questions about OCEOTA business. Do not represent yourself if there is an allegation of misconduct. Make no statement to CAS, Police, or the College of Teachers except to say that you will be pleased to speak with them as soon as you have Federation advice and support. If a meeting with a principal turns to performance issues, discipline or termination, end the meeting calmly and firmly. Tell the principal that you are ending the meeting and will arrange to continue the meeting after speaking with the Federation. Members should call the OCEOTA office if they are asked to do anything that appears to be in violation of our rights as outlined in the Collective Agreement.

This is your office, please access our programs and support without hesitation.

Pat Dixon