There is a lot of news on the Collective Bargaining front – and none of it is good. The Provincial talks are very challenging. Provincial has requested a No-Board Report.
Our secondary colleagues have started work action in Durham, with other areas to follow, we are told. There seems to be little optimism that fair, negotiated, agreements can be reached in the near future. It may be a rocky road this spring.
We, at your Local office, are asking you to stay informed and stay connected through these updates and through the school stewards. We strongly encourage members to contact us at the Local 519-571-0222 or by an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to verify rumors or to express your opinions on what you see happening or what you may see and hear in the media. ETFO does have a plan for all eventualities, and in the next few weeks there will be a series of bulletins distributed through our office to all members. Other information is available through the Provincial ETFO website.
We strongly encourage members to get familiar with that site and to sign up for the collective bargaining newsletters. You may wish to join the provincial Twitter and Facebook groups, too. Information is power. We must be prepared.
It is vital that we have a personal email address for each member. If there is a work action, it could be that the Board will not continue to let us use Waterworks, so we must have accurate email addresses in order to stay in touch. We will be going through our roster to follow up with people who have only provided us with a Waterworks address, so you could greatly assist us by providing us with a personal address before we contact you. You may also wish to prepare yourselves by considering your financial and, perhaps, summer, plans. We are familiar with unpredictable work situations but having contingency plans in place – or in mind – is always beneficial.
In the meantime, stay calm…and carry on… delivering the best programmes and support to the children in our classes!
Judy Cutts, Chief Negotiator