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June 7 - Take Action on Ford’s First Year in Office

​ETFO members holding protest signs at the April 6, 2019 Rally for Education at Queen's Park.

On June 7, the Ford Conservative government will have been in office for one year. ETFO members, parents, community groups and other unions are taking action across the province to protest government cuts to education and other public services.

In just one year, the Conservative government has created chaos in public education through:

  • hundreds of millions of dollars of funding cuts;
  • larger class sizes in grades 4-8;
  • reduction in teaching positions
  • undermining fair and transparent hiring practices by threatening Regulation 274 which regulates hiring for long-term occasional (LTO) and new permanent teaching positions;
  • downloading its responsibility for children with autism to school boards; and
  • reduction in front-line support for students with special needs among other things.

Get involved in the June 7 push-back against the Conservative cuts to education and other public services!

  • Join the OFL’s Power of Many actions across the province. Contact your ETFO local or find events at
  • Circulate ETFO shareables and messages at, Twitter @Etfoeducators and Instagram @Etfoeducators.
  • On Friday June 7, take a moment to give the Conservative government a failing grade for their cuts to public education. Please fill in the categories on this report card: PDF | Word. Then take a photo and post to your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using the hashtag #Fordisfailing. If you don’t have any of these please email your photo to
  • Listen for ETFO’s radio ad starting June 3 across the province, check the June 1 special labour insert in the Toronto Star with ETFO’s ad and look for ETFO’s full page ad in that newspaper on June 7.


Parent Leaflets

Here are two downloadable leaflets for sharing with the public. The ETFO leaflet focuses on education and public services while the Ontario Federation of Labour leaflet focuses on the broader impacts of the Ford government cuts.

Lawn Sign and Rally Placards

Download these Zip files containing InDesign files, low-quality PDF files and print-quality PDF files:

Social Media Shareables

Share these images on social media and tell others about our united action to Wear Black. Click text links to download full-size images.

Hashtag #Fordisfailiing with an F and the ETFO logo

Hashtag #Fordisfailiing with an F and the ETFO logo