March 9, 2020
This afternoon, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) received formal notice from the mediator to resume central negotiations this Wednesday March 11. The call came just before ETFO was set to hold a media conference to announce rotating strike action starting March 23.
“ETFO has not been engaged in full withdrawal of services for the past two weeks. The Ford government missed a real opportunity to get back to the table in that time,” said ETFO First Vice-President Karen Campbell. “Let’s be clear; ETFO has been ready to resume negotiations since February.”
“The Minister now has an opportunity to avoid further disruption by reaching a fair deal with ETFO prior to March 23. If these talks are unsuccessful, ETFO will resume rotating strike action on the Monday following March break.”
“The Ford government has made misleading public statements about its commitment to improving public education and its willingness to negotiate. This government continues to pursue its agenda of cuts to public education. That’s why ETFO is taking action to communicate directly with the public to correct Education Minister Lecce’s misinformation.”
Under the Ford government:
“Educators and parents want fair agreements that value each and every elementary student, respect educators and support our schools appropriately,” added Campbell.
ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.
For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations:Valerie Dugale, 1-888-838-3836 x2331, cell: 416-948-0195, email@example.com.