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Labour Negotiations News

School boards and unions share a commitment to public education and work together towards positive labour relations. The collective bargaining framework for the education sector features a two-tier bargaining process, involving both central and local bargaining. Learn more about the process.

Central negotiations between the Government of Ontario (the Crown), public school boards represented by the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA), and teacher federations and education worker unions (including ETFO, CUPE and OSSTF) remain ongoing. Visit the OPSBA website for the latest updates on central bargaining.

The TDSB is currently bargaining locally with CUPE. We anticipate local bargaining with ETFO and OSSTF to commence in the near future.


Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Update: January 15, 2020

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced that, should should there not be progress in negotiations, its members will conduct a one-day strike (full withdrawal of services) at a number of school boards, including the TDSB, on Monday, January 20, 2020 and return to work on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Should the walkout take place, the TDSB would have no other option but to close all elementary schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. Parents/guardians should start making alternate arrangements for their children on this date. 

Should the ETFO walkout take place, all International Languages Elementary and African Heritage classes would also be cancelled. However, all adult non-credit programs, such as Adult ESL and Learn4Life, will continue to run.

Childcare centres located in elementary schools will be permitted to stay open. Please contact the childcare provider directly for more information. TDSB Extended Day Programs will also be open to currently enrolled students for a full day of programs. EarlyON Child and Family Centres located within TDSB elementary schools will be closed.

Read the letter sent to parents/guardians regarding ETFO's one-day walkout announcement for more information. 

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Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) 

 
Update: January 15, 2020

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has announced that, should progress not be made in negotiations, its members (teachers and education workers) will conduct another one-day walkout (full withdrawal of services) at a number of school boards, including the Toronto District School Board, on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. They will return to work on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Should the walkout take place, the TDSB would, once again, have no other option but to close all secondary schools to students, including Adult Day Schools and Night Schools offering secondary credits, as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. All classes, including secondary e-Learning classes, and any out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) would be cancelled on that day. As a result, parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children, if required.

In the event of a walkout by OSSTF, elementary and middle schools would remain open. All adult non-credit programs, such as Adult ESL and Learn4Life, will continue to run.

OSSTF has also indicated that the walkout on January 21 will be the last full withdrawal of services by OSSTF members until after the secondary school exam period.

OSSTF is in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve new collective agreements for secondary teachers and education workers (including Child and Youth Workers, Psychologists, Social Workers and Speech-Language Pathologists).

Read the parent/guardian letter regarding OSSTF's one-day walkout for more information.

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