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Thomas Ayrovainen
Occupational/Physical Therapists

Dear Members,

Welcome back. I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. It was my privilege to represent the membership last year, and I look forward to continued chapter engagement and improving the lines of communication even further during the 2019-20 school year.

We now have all our delegate positions filled for the first time in our chapter's history. We settled the contract, we established family medical leave, we now have leave without pay for study, return from leave and indemnification language for SESIS, and our therapists are included in operational issues' discussions and our therapists are included in the sites designated as "hard to assign."

The labor management committee will develop criteria for approval to attend professional courses and conferences as well as overtime opportunities for therapists. We will also continue to investigate pedagogical status for therapists, expanding the lines of communication and ensuring that therapists are represented according to the contract.

We will also be engaged in developing the attendance system to replace SESIS.

It's still a critical time for unions and we must stay strong and unified. I look forward to helping you find your voice in the union's activities as we strengthen our chapter and the union. Please make use of our chapter's section on this website. In the box to the left of this page, you'll see links to our contract, chapter representatives, chapter newsletter and other sections where we put important resources for occupational and physical therapists. Read the latest memorandum of agreement with the city.

I am available to answer questions by email at Be sure to sign up on the website to  receive important emails during the school year. I look forward to a productive 2019-20 school year.

Thank you,

Thomas Ayrovainen
OT/PT Chapter Leader

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