ETFO endorses and supports the We Own It campaign to keep our public services publicly run and properly funded. The following letter was sent to OPSEU President Warren Thomas on October 6, 2017:
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
October 6, 2017
Warren ThomasPresidentOPSEU100 Lesmill RdNorth York, ON M3B 3P8
Dear Warren Thomas:
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario endorses and supports the We Own It campaign. Public services belong to all of us and we must resist those who would undermine, underfund and privatize our social infrastructure.
As promotors and defenders of public services, both ETFO and OPSEU must ensure all of our public services have adequate funding and support so that our members can deliver the excellent services that Ontarians rely upon.
ETFO will share information from the We Own It campaign with our local leaders and members. The Federation is also open to finding opportunities for joint action and mobilize support for public services.
Many ETFO members have been supporting the We Own It campaign and I know that OPSEU members, especially those with children in public elementary schools, have been supporting our Building Better Schools campaign.
It is time not only to end all privatization schemes but also for the public to enjoy the benefits of properly funded public services for the collective benefit of all Ontarians.