September 1, 2020
ETT Committee Sign Up 2020-2021
ETT supports 11 different Standing Committees that serve to help members and advance ETT’s priorities within the education community and the community-at-large. Committees are comprised of member-volunteers, supported by an Executive liaison.
Take an active role in your union and join a committee today! Volunteer and have some fun, and meet colleagues from across the TDSB, while learning new skills, and helping to ensure a healthy, active ETT.
Read the committee descriptions below for more information about each committee.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the health and safety of our members, all ETT committee meetings will be held virtually, unless otherwise stated.
Consistent attendance at meetings is important to ensure that our committees continue to be vibrant, active, and responsive to the needs of the membership.
As per the ETT Handbook, please make sure that you do not miss three consecutive meetings during the school year.
Members that have not attended any meetings prior to November will not be able to continue serve on the committee(s) they have signed up for.
Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Justice
Collective Agreement and Bargaining
Health and Safety
Labour Education and Leadership
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex
Political Action / Public Education
Status of Women
Executive Liaison: Kwabena Frimpong
As a local in one of the world’s most diverse cities, ETT has a responsibility to promote tolerance, acceptance, and understanding within the public education system and the community-at-large. The Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice Committee seeks to achieve these important goals through activities that are reflective of its diverse membership, and by studying issues relating to curriculum, hiring, and the celebration of diversity.
The Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice Committee meets approximately once a month in the ETT office.
Executive Liaison: Doris Duni
The Budget Committee is responsible for crafting a balanced budget that addresses ETT’s needs.
After reviewing last year’s expenses and requests from other Standing Committees, the budget committee creates a recommended budget for ETT for the upcoming year.
The Budget Committee begins meeting in early October, meeting once or twice a month until the budget is presented at the ETT Annual Meeting held in May.
Executive Liaison: Helen Victoros
The Collective Bargaining Committee assists the Negotiating Team and the Executive in preparing for negotiations, up to and including the approval of the preliminary submission by the membership. The committee may also be called upon to assist in other ways during the negotiations process, such as preparing for and implementing any sanctions approved by the membership.
The Collective Bargaining Committee meets approximately once a month in the ETT office.
Executive Liaison: Jamie Thom
The Communications/Public Relations Committee makes recommendations to the Executive with regard to the website, ETT publications, and the general distribution of information. The committee also works to promote events, workshops, and other ETT activities.
The Communications/Public Relations Committee meets approximately once a month in the ETT office.
Executive Liaisons: Jennifer Brown
The Governance Committee is responsible for establishing procedures, organizing, and conducting elections for the Executive, Regional Organizers, and delegates to the ETFO Annual Meeting. The committee also recommends revisions to the ETT Constitution and Bylaws and prepares resolutions for the ETFO Annual Meeting.
Executive Liaison: Terri Lynn Platt
The Health and Safety Committee discusses issues of concern regarding the set up and implementation of the Toronto District School Board Joint Health and Safety Committee.
Government cutbacks across the system are leading to an increase in health and safety concerns in our classrooms and schools. The Health and Safety committee is instrumental in bringing these concerns forward and educating our members about them.
The Health and Safety Committee meets approximately once a month in the ETT office.
Executive Liaison: Natasha Rodriguez-Burford
The Labour Education and Leadership Committee collects and circulates information on activities related to labour education and leadership, as well as organizing labour education workshops and promoting participation in labour-focused events and activities.
The Labour Education and Leadership Committee meets in the ETT office on a monthly basis, though extra work sessions are often held to prepare for specific events.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Committee works to enhance awareness of LGBTQI issues in the Local, the teaching profession, and society. The goals of the committee include:
- Providing strategies to ensure that all ETT activities are inclusive, and support LGBTQI members to become active in our local and at the provincial level.
- Providing education to members about the histories and experiences of LGBTQI people in our workplaces and society.
- Advising and making recommendations to the ETT Executive of strategies which raise awareness and sensitize ETT members about LGBTQI issues.
- Co-operating with other communities, unions, individuals, and community groups to advance awareness of LGBTQI issues in our Local.
The LGBTQI Committee meets approximately once a month in the ETT office.
Executive Liaisons: Colin Strange
The Member Service Committee organizes social events for members, manages ETT Awards, and recognizes significant events in the lives of members, including births, promotions, retirements, and more.
The Member Service Committee meets approximately once a month in the ETT Office.
Executive Liaison: Amber Bowen
The Political Action Committee works to promote the teaching profession, protect collective bargaining, and defend public education. The goal of the committee is to educate our members and the public through political activism at the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal levels.
The Political Action Committee meets approximately once a month in the ETT Office. Individual sub-committees often meet more frequently.
Executive Liaison: Roz Geridis
The Status of Women Committee focuses on developing and implementing leadership initiatives for members and examines the issues which challenge women seeking leadership. Issues explored include gender, anti–violence, and poverty.
The ETT Status of Women Committee meets approximately once a month in the ETT Office.