ETFO’s last central bargaining meeting took place on December 19, 2019. At that time, ETFO was advised that the negotiator appointed by the Minister of Education did not have a mandate to discuss key bargaining priorities for ETFO (e.g., special education funding, classroom violence, fair hiring practices, class size, benefits funding, etc.).
ETFO wants to get back to central bargaining but we need to see a willingness on the government’s part to bargain fair agreements that address our members’ key priorities and that reverse the cuts to elementary education.
For more information, members can watch President Hammond videotaped message about Phase 5 strike action. The message was sent to members in a Collective Bargaining eNewsletter dated January 27, 2020. The video will also be available on ETFO’s Collective Bargaining website – etfocb.ca – after 12:00 pm on January 27, 2020.