Staff in Professional Relations Services (PRS) are available to provide information, advice, support and intervention for members who are experiencing professional difficulties.
This service is confidential and no action will be taken without the member’s knowledge and permission. Local presidents and workplace stewards are encouraged to contact Professional Relations Staff (PRS) at the provincial office when assistance is needed to advise and support members.
Professional Relations Staff (PRS) at the provincial office may involve legal counsel with members in accordance with ETFO Policy Guidelines.
Here are some of the areas in which PRS staff provides support to ETFO members:
PRS STAFF ARE AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE WHEN YOU CALL THE ETFO PROVINCIAL OFFICE.
Preventing professional difficulties is a major objective of ETFO. Professional Relations Services staff have developed a broad range of resources, conferences and workshops to assist members in understanding their rights and responsibilities.
PRS Matters is a regular publication devoted to topics which affect members – for example, professionalism, professional boundaries, allegations, conflict resolution, performance appraisal, bullying and cyber bullying, reporting workplace accidents, voluntary extra-curricular activities, electronic communication. PRS Matters is mailed to all local presidents and school stewards and to members through the ETFO e-newsletter. PRS Matters can also be accessed by going to www.etfo.ca and clicking on “Advice for Members.”
If you are contacted by the police or Children’s Aid Society (CAS) regarding an allegation against you:
WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY?
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Call the numbers listed above – a voice message will provide the necessary instructions to put you through to an operator. You will be asked a few quick questions and where appropriate, a criminal lawyer will be contacted and you will be connected immediately.Remember PRS Staff are available to assist members on a wide range of topics.
For further information contact Professional Relations Staff at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836 at the provincial office.