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ETFO extends solidarity to CUPE workers preparing to strike

October 2, 2019

Toronto,ON - The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) extends its full support and solidarity to the 55,000 CUPE education workers as they withdraw services and prepare to initiate a legal strike action on October 7, 2019.

“It is disappointing that the Conservative government and the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) have failed to negotiate a fair agreement with the hard working education workers who are forced to take this job action,” said Sam Hammond, ETFO President. “Education workers deserve an agreement that provides the support our students need and also respects the individuals who play such a critical role in providing that support.”

President Hammond confirmed that ETFO is asking all 83,000 members to ensure that CUPE striking board employees know they are not standing alone on the picket line and encouraged elementary teachers and education professionals to join strike lines before and after the school day to express solidarity.

All ETFO members, which includes elementary teachers, occasional teachers, designated early childhood educators, educational support personnel, professional support personnel, and adult literacy instructors, are required to attend to regular work duties as employees of the board during any job action.

The union also advised its members to not conduct, partake in, or assist with any duty or responsibility that is the work of CUPE education workers on strike. It is the district school board’s responsibility to implement plans to ensure the health and safety of all students and board employees. Should a situation that is deemed detrimental to the health, safety, or learning environment of pupils or staff of the district school board arise, ETFO members are urged to contact their local immediately.

Hammond said, “As elementary teachers and educational professionals, ETFO remains united in the goal of protecting Ontario’s world-class public education system and services for students.”

To arrange a media interview, or for more information, please contact: Denise Hammond, at dhammond@etfo.org or call 416-948-2428.