ETFO to Extend Work-to-rule Strike Action in September August 20, 2015Teacher and occasional teacher (OT) members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will begin a “phase 2” work-to-rule strike action on the first work day of the 2015-2016 school year. “We will stay the course to protect teacher professionalism and teachers’ ability to use professional judgment when providing instruction to students,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “While we have agreed to return to the bargaining table on September 1, there must be movement at the table towards a fair collective bargaining agreement that respects teacher working conditions and student learning conditions.” ETFO’s teacher and occasional teacher members will remain in schools to carry out their instructional duties with students and provide voluntary extra-curricular activities. They will not engage in certain activities under phase 2 including:
This action is incremental to the administrative work-to-rule strike action that was begun last May that impacts school board and Ministry-related initiatives.
“For six months, the government has stood silently by and done nothing to stop the attempt by the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) to control every classroom at the expense of every teacher. Its demands are not about improving education for our students. They are about increasing management rights and a desire for control,” added Hammond. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.