As we start the 2015/16 school year, we are still working to rule, but the provincial government and public school boards are finally negotiating with us. Until we reach some sort of agreement, we will continue to teach our students, engage in extra-curricular activities if we choose to do so and generally do what we …[Read More...]
September 8th, 2015
March 5th, 2013
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It’s very depressing to hear the thoughts about the teaching profession from some of my friends these days. From a low of an imposed contract, it’s like rubbing salt into the wound to think that there is now talk about legislating extra-curricular activities. You have to wonder just …[Read More...]
February 11th, 2013
February 11, 2013
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) welcomes the announcement that Liz Sandals will be Ontario’s new minister of education.
“We want to congratulate the new minister on her appointment. Minister Sandals brings important experience to the education portfolio,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “Along with serving as a former parliamentary assistant to the …
December 21st, 2012
Limestone Local Fast Facts:
ETFO is the professional and protective organization representing over 76,000 teachers, occasional teachers, and education professionals employed in the public elementary schools of Ontario.
ETFO Limestone Teacher Local represents 826 elementary teachers employed by Limestone District School Board. The Limestone Occasional Teacher Local represents 285 Occasional Teachers.
Collective agreements for all ETFO locals expired …
December 13th, 2012
Nine ETFO Teacher, Occasional Teacher, and DECE Locals Begin Work-to-Rule December 13
December 13, 2012
Nine ETFO elementary teacher, occasional teacher, and designated early childhood educator (DECE) locals have received no board reports through the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour to resolve their bargaining impasse with their respective school boards. As a result, these locals …
November 28th, 2012
Parents to be Given 72 Hours’ Notice of ETFO Strikes in December
November 28, 2012
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will give parents 72 hours’ notice of strikes planned for December in school boards by public elementary teachers and education professionals.
“It is unfortunate that we have been placed in the position of having to strike …
October 18th, 2012
For Immediate Release- October 18, 2012
Teachers providing what’s needed on progress reports for students. Teacher-parent interviews still most important communication
Toronto, ON – Public elementary teachers are providing what’s needed on progress reports for students - especially for those having difficulties - as well as reporting on student progress through parent-teacher interviews, says the Elementary Teachers’ …
October 4th, 2012
Thu Oct 4 2012
Re: Derailing the gravy train (editorial Sept. 27)
Contrary to what Tim Hudak and your editorial writer believe, Ontario’s spending is not out of control. The province spends less per capita overall than any other province, and public sector wages have steadily declined as a share of provincial spending since 1981. The …
October 4th, 2012
For Immediate Release- October 4, 2012
Toronto, ON – This year, Ontario public elementary teachers will mark World Teachers’ Day on October 5th with one wish; that Ontarians join them in standing up for the democratic rights of working people in the province.
“One of the most important lessons that we teach children is to stand up …
Elementary Teachers to “Take a Pause” on Voluntary Activities - Will also participate in ‘McGuinty Mondays’ in response to draconian legislation
September 11th, 2012
September 11, 2012
Ontario’s 76,000 public elementary teachers and education professionals are being urged to ‘take a pause’ on voluntary activities in response to taday’s draconian legislation that strips them of their democratic rights.
“Given this extraordinary and unwarranted legislation, we are advising our members to ‘take a pause’ on the voluntary activities they undertake in schools,” …