Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Durham teacher keeps seat on union executive

Durham teacher keeps seat on union executive

Taken from newsdurhamregion.com on August 25th, 2009

DURHAM -- The president of a local elementary teachers' federation was re-elected to a spot on its provincial executive.

Rachel Gencey, a Durham District School Board teacher and president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Durham Local, was re-elected at the group's recent annual meeting. She has sat on the executive since 2004.

There, she told more than 500 delegates attending she believes teacher empowerment is the path to improved working conditions that will provide a work-life balance for elementary teachers, according to an ETFO press release.

"The continued disparity in working conditions between elementary and secondary panels must be our rallying point," she said. "Creative and bold steps, coupled with the determination and solidarity of our members, will close the gap."

In 15 years of teaching, Ms. Gencey has been an occasional teacher, a teacher librarian, a classroom teacher and a core French teacher. She has served on her local executive as professional development chairwoman, grievance officer, chief negotiator, vice-president and president.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than 73,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teachers' federation in Canada.

-SMD

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