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ETFO Previous Updates

Update: November 14, 2019

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced today that phase 1 work-to-rule strike action will begin on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. According to ETFO, “the action targets Ministry and school board administrative tasks and does not impact on students.”

The work-to-rule directives include, but are not limited to:

  • Not participating in any EQAO-related activities
  • Not completing Term 1 Report Cards
  • Not participating in any school or Ministry of Education professional learning offered outside of the instructional day

A full list of ETFO’s Phase 1 work-to-rule protocols is available online.

During this phase of work-to-rule, schools will remain open and instructional programs will continue to run. However, should the work-to-rule progress to include further sanctions, it may have a more significant impact on school activities, permits and school operations. We will continue to update parents/guardians with new information as soon as it becomes available. For ongoing updates, please continue to check this page and follow @tdsb on Twitter.

At this time, negotiations between ETFO, Ontario school boards and the Ontario government continue and we are hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon.


Update: November 8, 2019

ETFO Receives No-Board Report

The Ministry of Labour has released a no-board report for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO). ETFO will be in a legal strike position as of Monday, November 25, 2019 if an agreement is not reached. Negotiations between ETFO, OPSBA and the Ontario government continue.


Update: November 2, 2019

ETFO Requests No-Board Report

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) notified OPSBA and the Ontario government that they have requested a no-board report. This means that ETFO will be in a legal strike position 17 days after the no-board report is issued. At this time, ETFO, which represents elementary teachers at Ontario school boards (including the TDSB), has not indicated that strike action (partial withdrawal or full withdrawal of services) will begin. Negotiations between ETFO, OPSBA and the Ontario government continue.


Update: November 1, 2019

Members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) which represents elementary teachers at Ontario school boards (including those at the TDSB) has voted in support of taking job action if there is no agreement on a new contract.
It is important to note that despite this strike vote, it does not necessarily mean that job action/partial or full withdrawal of services will be taken by elementary teachers.

Update: October 17, 2019

ETFO is in contract negotiations with representatives of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA - representing Ontario’s public school boards, including the TDSB) and the Ontario government.

ETFO has also begun the process of taking a strike vote across the province. The federation is asking its members whether they are supportive of elementary teachers taking strike action if there is no agreement on a new contract. Voting by its members is expected to be completed by November 1, 2019. It is important to note that a strike vote of its members does not necessarily mean that job action/partial or full withdrawal of services will be taken by elementary teachers.

As was reported on October 16, 2019, ETFO has applied to the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliator (a third-party person to act as a mediator) to assist the parties with central negotiations. As part of the conciliation process, ETFO could choose to ask for a “no board report”. If this request is granted, it is possible that ETFO could be in a position to take strike action by the third to fourth week of November, if there is no agreement on new contracts. 

Contract negotiations among ETFO and public school boards and the Ontario government are on-going. A tentative agreement on a new contract was reached with CUPE and we are hopeful that a new contract can be negotiated with OSSTF and all other school board employee groups.

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