There are 76 locals in ETFO, including locals for contract teachers, occasional teachers, DECEs and education support personnel/professional support personnel.
For the most part each local is also a bargaining unit with a boundary corresponding to that of an employing school board.
However, in some of the school authorities there may be two or more bargaining units combined within a local.
ETFO is the bargaining agent for all bargaining units. Each local has a president, executive members, committees, and other positions to meet the needs of the membership in the local.
Members have the right to vote and hold office in their local in accordance with its constitution.
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
Fédération des enseignantes et des enseignants de l'élémentaire de l'Ontario
136 Isabella Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 0B5
Telephone: 416-962-3836 Tollfree: 1-888-838-3836
July 22, 2016
His Excellency Selcuk Unal
Ambassador of the Republic
of Turkey to Canada
197 Wurtemburg Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 8L9
On behalf of The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s 78,000 members, I urge your government to reverse the widespread and unjust punishment of Turkish teachers and academics. It is unconscionable that over 15,000 teachers would be suspended en masse and for academics to be prevented from leaving the country.
ETFO calls on the Turkish authorities to respect international conventions protecting the trade union rights and academic freedom of all education workers.
We urge you to consider the detrimental effect these actions are having on students. Failure to reverse this blanket retaliation on educators could have generational repercussions.