August 16, 2017
Mario Spagnuolo, a teacher and first vice-president of the Greater Essex County teacher local was elected to the Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today.
Speaking to more than 800 ETFO members at the Federation’s Annual Meeting, Spagnuolo said, "My goal is to bring front-line issues to the highest ranks of our union. To this end, via collective bargaining and community mobilization, we must address the flawed funding formula, large class sizes and the lack of special education supports and resources." "ETFO must be the leader in advocating for a strong public education system that meets all student needs. The current system is underfunded and this must be addressed by the current government," added Spagnuolo.
Mario began his teaching career in 2001 in the town of Essex, teaching French as a second language to students in grades 4 through 8. He has served his local in the role of steward, executive member, collective bargaining committee and chief negotiator.
At the provincial level, Mario has served as a member of ETFO’s Budget Committee and Representative Council Steering Committee as well as the French as a Second Language and Professional Relations and Discipline Standing Committees.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.