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RTO/ERO, the Organization

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Our Beginnings The inaugural Meeting of the Algoma District branch of the Superannuated Teachers of Ontario was held in the Centennial Room of the Public Library on November 3, 1972. Over seventy (70) teachers came from Blind River, Thessalon, Bruce Mines and Sault Ste. Marie to the meeting chaired by President Weldon Abernathy. It was not until later years that the organization was re-named RTO/ERO, the Retired Teachers of Ontario. The speakers for the day were Laura Cook Provincial President and Marian Tyrell the Provincial Secretary-Treasurer. They both stressed the efforts to achieve better pensions for retired teachers. Mr. Abernathy indicated that the purpose of the organization was to guard the rights of superannuated teachers in matters affecting pensions and health. During the meeting of October 1973 newly retired members were introduced. Two of these were Bruce Martin and Gertrude Murray. A main point of the meeting involved the calculation of a pension. STO wanted the removal of the 2% raise and the insertion of an escalation clause geared to the cost of living. Instead of a guest speaker at the February 1974 General Meeting, twenty members of the group were asked to give a one minute speech on different items of interest in their city, town or village. The members were informed at the fall meeting in 1974 that Mr. Abernathy been appointed to the Provincial Executive of which he would eventually become president in 1977.
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RTO/ERO

 the Organization

Our Beginnings The inaugural Meeting of the Algoma District branch of the Superannuated Teachers of Ontario was held in the Centennial Room of the Public Library on November 3, 1972. Over seventy (70) teachers came from Blind River, Thessalon, Bruce Mines and Sault Ste. Marie to the meeting chaired by President Weldon Abernathy. It was not until later years that the organization was re-named RTO/ERO, the Retired Teachers of Ontario. The speakers for the day were Laura Cook Provincial President and Marian Tyrell the Provincial Secretary-Treasurer. They both stressed the efforts to achieve better pensions for retired teachers. Mr. Abernathy indicated that the purpose of the organization was to guard the rights of superannuated teachers in matters affecting pensions and health. During the meeting of October 1973 newly retired members were introduced. Two of these were Bruce Martin and Gertrude Murray. A main point of the meeting involved the calculation of a pension. STO wanted the removal of the 2% raise and the insertion of an escalation clause geared to the cost of living. Instead of a guest speaker at the February 1974 General Meeting, twenty members of the group were asked to give a one minute speech on different items of interest in their city, town or village. The members were informed at the fall meeting in 1974 that Mr. Abernathy been appointed to the Provincial Executive of which he would eventually become president in 1977.