More supports for students achieved with extension of collective agreements ratified by ETFO members
March 4, 2017
Toronto, ON – Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have voted to ratify settlements reached with the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the Counsel of Trustees’ Associations to extend their 2014-2017 collective agreements by two years to 2019.
“These extended agreements have achieved important improvements in the working conditions of ETFO members and the learning conditions of Ontario’s elementary students,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. Highlights of the agreements include:
Separate agreements were ratified for ETFO’s teacher/occasional teachers and education worker members. Eighty-one (81) per cent of ETFO teacher and occasional teacher members and 90 per cent of their locals voted in favour of a contract extension. Seventy-one (71) per cent of Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs), Education Support Personnel (ESPs) and Professional Support Personnel (PSPs) and 85 per cent of their locals voted in favour of the extension. ETFO’s current collective agreements were set to expire on August 31, 2017.
ETFO continues to be engaged in Bill 115 remedy discussions with the government.
ETFO is committed to building better schools. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at www.buildingbetterschools.ca. ETFO represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.