ETFO launches an intiative called Fair Funding for Public Education, rolled out across the province in advance of an anticipated provincial election.

ETFO addresses serious working-condition and salary issues for occasional teachers, professional and educational support personnel in Renfrew County, taking all three locals on a combined strike. It is the first strike ever for these educational professionals.

Full-time teachers show solidarity by refusing to pick up the work of their striking colleagues and become subject to a grievance by the board. The whole of ETFO stands behind the three smallest bargaining units in the province, providing financial support.

With provincial and local support, the members achieve their goals. During arbitration, the board’s grievance is dismissed.