Why is ETFO initiating the Phase 5 Strike Protocol as of February 3, 2020 should an agreement not be reached by January 31, 2020?
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.
The Phase 4 Strike Protocol states that some extracurricular activities can take place. However, all extracurricular activities are struck under the Phase 5 Strike Protocol. What do I do?
As of February 3, 2020, Phase 5 strike action supersedes (i.e., overrides) Phase 4 strike action around extracurricular activities. That means as of February 3, 2020, all extracurricular activities are struck work under the Phase 5 Protocol.