On Friday, December 6, 2013, the Ontario College of Teachers passed its 2014 budget, which includes a $12 membership fee increase, bringing the total annual fee from $138 to $150. (Please be advised that the fee will be deducted from the January 16, 2014 pay period.)
In the 2014 budget, the College approved a $2.7 million increase in expenditures, to be balanced through the aforementioned 8.7% membership fee hike. The latest increase will pay for new and expensive initiatives, some of which are extensions of the College’s core mandate, including:
- a new $1,000,000 PR campaign to raise awareness in the public as to the College and its role (this is in addition to the $600,000 that was spent on this task in the 2013 budget);
- additional staff in the Investigations and Hearings department to handle an increase in complaints since the LeSage report;
- increases in staff compensation (including merit pay); and,
- a 20% increase in staff professional learning.
In response, ETFO has launched an online email campaign tool for members to voice their concerns. So far, more than 5,000 ETFO members have used the tool to protest the fee increase. Let’s get that number up past 8,000!
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