The Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les Enseignantes et Enseignants Retraités de L’Ontario (RTOERO) recognizes and appreciates the dedication of its members to the organization, especially those who assume voluntary leadership positions at both the provincial and district levels.
The RTOERO is a community, with a Mission and Vision intended to further the common interests of its members. The Code of Conduct helps to ensure the success of our Mission and Vision. All members of RTOERO are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct in their dealings and interactions with members, staff, and visitors.
The Code of Conduct describes the expectations and obligations associated with membership in the RTOERO, and it authorizes the process by which members may be sanctioned for violations of the Code. In most circumstances, no sanction under the Code will affect a member’s enrolment in any RTOERO group insurance plan.
The Code of Conduct applies to all RTOERO members (including “corporate members”), as defined in By-Law 2018-1, as amended. The Code of Conduct does not replace any person’s rights or obligations under any law, regulation or by-law, including the Workplace Harassment Prevention Policy, Human Resource practices and the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
In all cases, disputes between members at the District level that would constitute a violation under this Code should attempted to be resolves at that level prior to utilizing the Code.
Sanctions that may be imposed by the Board of Directors for a violation of the Code of Conduct include the following:
(i) cautioning the member (this can be given orally or in writing, is advisory in nature and is considered less severe than a censure);
(ii) censuring the member (this is a written expression of strong disapproval and is a formal condemnation of an individual by a group, i.e. the Board);
(iii) removing the member from a local or provincial position of responsibility for a period of time not exceeding one year;
(iv) suspending rights and benefits provided to the member (for a period of time not exceeding three years) with the exception of the right to participate in the RTOERO Group Insurance Plan.
(v) in the case of a very serious or repeated breaches of the Code of Conduct, terminating the membership of a member. This will result in the member’s ineligibility to participate in programs and services offered by RTOERO.
The Chief Executive Officer is authorized by the Board to make rules and procedures governing:
(a) informal and formal processes for resolving Code of Conduct issues between members, and
(b) the process by which written complaints about violations of the Code can be brought to the attention of RTOERO, and the procedures for handling and investigating complaints.
The process shall ensure procedural fairness for the parties.