Aug 212013

I am posting an email from Kelli-Ann Macdonald of CTF concerning an urgent call to action. Please consider signing the petition to show your concern and support for our colleagues in Greece. (I would like to wish Mr. Richard Godfinch, QPAT President, a special thank you for sharing this information with ESTA.)

Ray Venables

From: “Kelli-Ann McDonald” <>
Subject: Urgent Action Appeal-Greece – Appel d’action urgente-Grèce
Date: 15 August, 2013 2:31:31 PM EDT
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation calls on its Member organizations toprotest against the planned suspension and dismissal of Greek teachers.
La Fédération canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants prie ses Membres de protester contre la suspension et le licenciement planifiés d’enseignantes et d’enseignants grecs.
Additional information and the petition can be found on the following EI link:
De l’information supplémentaire et une pétition se trouvent sur le site de l’IE, à l’adresse suivante :
We also encourage you to sign and give visibility to the petition condemning the above.
Nous vous prions également de signer la pétition condamnant ces mesures et de lui donner de la visibilité.


Dianne Woloschuk
President / Présidente
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Fédération canadienne des enseignantes
et des enseignants
Direct line / ligne directe : 613-688-4300
Dr. Calvin Fraser
Secretary General / Secrétaire général
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Fédération canadienne des enseignantes
et des enseignants
Direct line / ligne directe : 613-688-4301
Dec 142012

We at ESTA are all deeply shocked and saddened by the terrible and tragic events that took place Friday, December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. We extend our condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and have the Sandy Hook School Community in our thoughts.

Apr 012012

DayofPink is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities. All educators are invited to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in their schools on April 11, 2012. Go to to register for your chance to win. Go to for ideas on how to celebrate diversity all year long. (Thank you to Julie Montpetit of QPAT-APEQ for sharing this information.)

Feb 252012

In the light of recent developments, Education International (EI) has decided to issue a new appeal calling on its member organizations to urge the Bahraini authorities to immediately release on bail Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb, President of the Bahraini Teachers Association (BTA), whose health condition is deteriorating.
In partnership with LabourStart, EI launched a new online campaign that has already generated over 7000 messages since 26 January. We call on you to take action now on the LabouStart website and to give visibility to the campaign by recommending it on your website and your Facebook account:

Nov 072011

This year, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Montreal Teachers’ Association/Appalachian Teachers’ Association reps weekend at the Manoir des Sables, Mt. Orford. On November 4, 5, and 6 the MTA and ATA reps, QPAT staff and a number of other local union presidents came together to discuss various topics of interest and to participate in a number of workshops.

Due to budget and time constraints, each year I have had to decline MTA’s invitation. I was, therefore, happy to meet with our big brother/sister union and to compare notes.

The MTA model is one that I think works. It is an excellent opportunity to communicate, cooperate and consult with colleagues. I extend my thanks to the MTA for their invitation and hospitality. I would also like to thank the ESTA executive for allowing me to participate in this activity.

May 092010

On May 6 and 7, QPAT held its Annual General Meeting (a.k.a. Provincial Council) in Point-Claire. Representing ESTA were Nelson Roussy, 1st vice-president, and myself. Gordon Dell, ESTA past president, was also there as a QPAT executive board member.

The meeting began with the “big guns” as Serge Laurendeau, QPAT president, introduced three representatives from our Common Front partners: Mary-Lou Donnelly, President of the Canadian Teacher’s Federation; Manon Bernard, President of the Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignemnet (FSE); and Réjean Parent, president of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ).

I was very happy to meet with 111 representatives from the various locals that makeup QPAT. It was a very productive meeting and I feel that these meetings bring us all a little closer. Solidarity!

Mar 202010

More than just words! ESTA teachers mobilize to show their dissatisfaction with the Government’s offer. We support QPAT negotiators!  Solidarity!

Give us the means to meet the needs!

Mar 182010

Are you up for the challenge?

The ESTA executive met on Tuesday, March 16 to discuss many issues including Provincial Negotiations.  The time is ticking, Mr. Charest and Mme. Courchesne, since our contract will expire on March 31, 2010!  Are you listening?

THE EXTA EXECUTIVE HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR ALL SCHOOLS AND CENTRES: send us a group photo of all your teachers with your QPAT paraphernalia (e.g banners, bracelets, and scarves) in a show of SOLIDARITY!  We want the public to know that we’re working hard on a NEGOTIATED contract.  We want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE despite the distance and isolation.

On March 20, the Common Front will have a massive rally in Montreal.  Since we can’t join them, why not show them that our spirit and support?

As we prepare to put into force the QPAT Action Plan, I will be communicating with you soon (especially concerning the extended recess periods every Wednesday for the month of April).

Have a good union day and SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!  Don’t be shy!

Ray and the ESTA Exective

Give us the Means to Meet the Neeeds!

Give us the Means to Meet the Needs!