About Our Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is our union representing over 83,000 educators in elementary schools across Ontario. All public elementary teachers in Ontario are active members of ETFO provincially, and also a member of one of its 76 locals across the province.  
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The Bluewater Occasional Teachers' Local is one of 76 ETFO locals. We are represented by ~400 members who are employed as daily or long-term occasional teachers with the Bluewater District School Board.


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Our local has a president, executive members, committees, and professional learning opportunities to meet the needs of the membership. Members have the right to vote and hold office in our local and in ETFO.
Together, we monitor and enforce our collective agreement – a contract between the BWDSB and our union that outlines many of the terms and conditions of employment for Bluewater Occasional Teachers that were reached through collective bargaining.
Our Local Constitution  contains the fundamental principles by which the Bluewater Occasional Teachers’ Local is governed, as determined by the Bluewater Occasional Teachers' Annual General Meeting held between April 1st and May 31st of each year.
At the Local Annual General Meeting, the membership elects Local Executive Members and alternatives to the ETFO Annual Meeting. These individuals work to implement the objectives of the Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local on behalf of all its members:

  • to represent all members of the Bluewater Occasional Teachers’ Local in a fair and equitable manner;


  • to secure, through collective bargaining, the best possible terms and conditions of employment;


  • to advance the cause of education and the status of occasional teachers in the Local;


  • to promote a high standard of professional ethics and a high standard of professional competence;


  • to foster a climate of social justice and continue a leadership role in such areas as anti-poverty, non-violence, and equity;


  • to promote and protect the interests of all members of the Local and the students in their care;


  • to co-operate with other organizations having the same or like objectives;



The Local Executive represents the needs, issues, and interest of ~ 400 Bluewater Occasional Teacher Members. All Executive Members attend monthly executive meetings and carry out their various duties as presented in reports at our Local Annual General Meeting.
Consider a position on the Executive! You will be notified of nominations at least 30 days prior to the Local AGM.
Executive Member responsibilities: 

Or join a Committee! Email your interest to the Local President. 


The Member Engagement Committee plans and puts on Social Events for the Membership and plans the Local Annual General Meeting.


The Collective Bargaining Committee solicits input from the general membership for inclusion in the preliminary submission and presents a preliminary submission for a vote at a general membership meeting. 

Bluewater Occasional Teachers' Local

Local President: Andrew Chittka

Email: Andrew.Chittka@gmail.com

Call/Text: 1 (519) 377-8018

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