The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has entered week two of rotating strikes, having sent the five-day required strike notice for every day of this week and advanced notice of strikes for week three.
This comes as all four major teachers unions continue their work-to-rule job action, and after a week which saw a large portion of the schools in the province shut down for at least a day. The situation appears to be unchanged with the government claiming the dispute is over the difference between a 1% pay increase and a 2% pay increase, while the unions say the teachers are walking out over the proposed removal of class room caps, and mandatory e-learning courses.
For this week, the strikes affect the following ETFO school boards;
- Simcoe, Waterloo, Keewatin-Patricia and Penetanguishene Protestant Separate school boards was Monday January 27
- Kawartha Pine Ridge, Hastings-Prince Edward and Upper Grand school boards as well as Moosonee and Moose Factory Island school authorities is Tuesday January 28
- Greater Essex County, Near North, Limestone and Upper Canada school boards for Wednesday January 29
- Durham, Lambton Kent and Algoma school boards for Thursday January 30
- Peel and Hamilton-Wentworth school boards for Friday January 31
“ETFO is very disappointed that Ford’s Education Minister Lecce has not come back to the bargaining table to negotiate key issues affecting students, student learning and educators,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “It is now 38 days since ETFO’s last bargaining session on December 19, 2019.” More on the ETFO position can be found at etfo.ca
ETFO has also announced that if no agreement is reached at the Teacher/Occasional Teacher and Education Worker Central Tables by January 31, 2020, effective February 3, 2020, ETFO locals will continue in a full-withdrawal of services strike that will require members to engage in a one-day rotating strike and a one-day full provincial strike each week.
Their schedule for that week begins with Bluewater, Grand Erie, Halton, Ontario North East, Renfrew, Superior Greenstone, Trillium Lakelands being on strike on Monday, February 3rd. Then on Thursday, February 6th, it will be all ETFO members. So look to keep the kids in Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) elementary schools home on Monday and Thursday next week.
Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board (BHNCDSB) students will be unaffected by these strikes.
So far this week neither the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), nor the Association des Enseignantes et des enseignants Franco-Ontariens (AEFO) have issued any notices of full withdrawal of services and will stick to work-to-rule until further notice.
The government, meanwhile, still has its promised compensation available for application on its website.