Fonds F0181 - Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario (FWTAO) fonds

Accession 1999-027 Accession 2009-009

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Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario (FWTAO) fonds

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ca. 240 m of textual records and other material

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Administrative history

The Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario was established 3 April 1918, as a result of a meeting called by several local women elementary teachers' associations wishing to form a provincial organization. The FWTAO's original mandate included the promotion of the professional and financial status of women teachers in Ontario through the fostering of local associations and campaigning for a minimum annual salary. In addition to representing the financial and everyday workplace concerns of its membership, the FWTAO's mandate was extended to include curriculum reform, employment equity, and other issues related to sexual discrimination. As a consequence of a long series of legal challenges that began in 1985, based on the gender-exclusive nature of the Association, the FWTAO amalgamated with the Ontario Public School Men Teachers' Federation (OPSMTF) in 1998 to form the new Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

Custodial history

Accession 2004-024 was transferred to the EFTO until 2004 when it was donated to this repository to be added to the FWTAO fonds. Accessions 2005-024 and 2007-002, consisting of the files created and used by the legal firm representing the FWTAO were given to the FWTAO for inclusion in its archives to fully document the challenges that ended in the dissolution of the FWTAO. Accession 2009-009 was transferred to this repository in 2009 and constitutes the remainder of the FWTAO records that had been held back pending the final wrap up of the federation.

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The fonds consists of board of directors agendas, minutes and reports; annual meeting agendas, minutes and reports; association correspondence; board of reference reports; federation treatises and reports; federation newsletters; theses related to the FWTAO; collective bargaining files, grievance and arbitration files; staff reports; affirmative action/employment equity files; legal documents; photographs, slides, film and video recordings, and audio recordings; memorabilia.

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Donated by the Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario in 1999 and 2009.


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Some restrictions on access apply. The personnel case files found in the following record series are closed for 90 years after the end date of each file: 'PRS' files, counselling files, collective bargaining grievance files, collective bargaining grievance arbitration files, pension files, maternity and UIC files. Access to these files during the closed period is permitted only through a researcher agreement; requests must be directed to the University Archivist.

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Related records may be found in Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) fonds (F196), and the Ontario Public School Men Teachers' Federation (OPSMTF) fonds (F569).

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1999-027, 2001-003, 2004-024, 2005-024, 2007-002, 2009-009. No further accruals are expected.

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2005/07/04 Dubeau:. (Creation)
2005/07/04 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2013/02/04 Update fonds level to reflect more information.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2023/08/10 KCP. Published description. Updated fonds level extent and dates to reflect for accessions 199-027, 2005-024, and 2009-009. Uploaded legacy file inventories for 1999-027 and 2009-009.

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