Effective Tuesday, November 26, 2019, ETFO members are beginning “Phase 1” strike action in the form of a work-to-rule (WTR).
Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about WTR.
What is strike action?
Is our Phase 1 WTR a legal strike action?
What do I do if I’m not sure an activity/event is part of the Phase 1 WTR? Should I call the ETFO Provincial Office?
Is supervision of students affected by the Phase 1 WTR?
I am supervising students before the start of the instructional day on Tuesday, November 26. Can I participate in that morning’s Solidarity Activity (i.e., entering the school together with colleagues)?
May I participate in homework clubs, school dances, concerts, voluntary extra-curricular activities, field trips, play days or class excursions during the Phase 1 WTR?
Are staff meetings struck under the Phase 1 WTR?
When are we required to be at school or leave the school at a particular time during the Phase 1 WTR?
Are all ETFO members included in the Phase 1 WTR sanctions?
How long will our Phase 1 WTR continue?
The principal has given me a memo about our Phase 1 WTR to give to parents. Am I required to distribute that document to parents?
Should I let the principal know what is going on with the Phase 1 WTR or any other strike action?
Can my principal tell me to remove my ETFO Cuts Hurt Kids button?
How should I respond to students’ comments and questions about Phase 1 WTR?
How should I respond to parents and community members during the Phase 1 WTR?
What do I do if my principal asks me to perform a task that is part of the Phase 1 WTR, or threatens me with discipline for complying with WTR?
Can I use old EQAO tests with my students as part of my literacy or numeracy program?
I am a math coach/lead. I normally work with teachers to review EQAO results or to support the Fundamentals of Math strategy. What do I do during the WTR?
Are Special Education related meetings included in the WTR?
Do I still create or update IEPs?
Special Education involves a great deal of paperwork. What is affected in our WTR?
Do we continue to prepare materials for IPRC meetings?
Should I attend the required meetings for the Teacher Performance Appraisal (TPA) process or any other job appraisal process?
Will the New Teacher Induction Program be affected by the WTR?
I have been given release time and/or funding to attend a workshop/conference run by another organization (i.e., it is not Ministry professional learning). May I attend?
May I attend a workshop/conference if I have received funding from the local ETFO Professional Development fund?
Can I continue acting as an Associate Teacher for faculty of education Teacher Candidate practicums?
What do I do if I become aware that an ETFO member is not abiding by the terms of our WTR?
My report cards are only anecdotal, we do not assign grades or marks – should I hand the principal a blank sheet of paper?
I’m an Acting Principal/Vice Principal. How does the Phase 1 WTR affect my work?
Can I hand out school newsletters or information packages about upcoming activities (e.g., Jump Rope for Heart, school trips, graduation ceremonies, etc.) to students?
May I attend School Council meetings as the teacher representative?
Training sessions on the revised Health and Physical Education document have been advertised and staff have been asked to sign up to attend. What do I do?
Will ETFO share information with other unions that represent education workers in our schools so that their members do not take on our struck work?
Can I take an additional qualification (AQ) course that is offered by my board during the Phase 1 WTR?
My principal said that one of the goals in my ALP had to connect to the SIPSA. What should I do about this goal during Phase 1 WTR?
Can I respond to my principal’s/vice-principal’s email during lunch or nutritional breaks?
Our school has “lunch and learn” professional learning sessions once a month. Can ETFO members attend during the Phase 1 WTR?
I’ve scheduled a meeting with a board consultant on the Professional Activity (PA) Day. Is that meeting affected by Phase 1 WTR?
Can I administer the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT)?
Do I prepare the reports for my student teachers/DECE candidates and co-op students during the Phase 1 WTR?