The following was sent out through the provincial e-mail system
If you know of colleagues who have not received this issue of ETFO’s CB eNewsletter, it may be because ETFO provincial does not have a recent email address for her/him. Members who are not receiving the CB eNewsletter and want to keep informed about bargaining events throughout the summer should email ETFO Member Records at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide an up-to-date email address as well as their ETFO number.
This morning ETFO representatives, including President Sam Hammond, attended a meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Minister of Education Liz Sandals to discuss the lack of progress during central bargaining discussions for teachers and occasional teachers. Also in attendance at the one hour meeting were representatives from OSSTF, OECTA and AEFO, as well from the trustee associations, including the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA).
Contrary to what has been reported in the media we did not simply agree to resume negotiations.
At the meeting, ETFO’s representatives engaged in a good conversation with the Premier and the Minister about what is impeding bargaining progress at the central table. President Hammond reiterated that ETFO remains committed to engaging in meaningful central table bargaining to achieve a fair and reasonable agreement on behalf of our members. But, in order for negotiations to proceed, the objectionable demands that have been proposed by OPSBA need to be removed from the bargaining table.
The meeting with Premier Wynne and Minister Sandals this morning is a small step in the right direction during this difficult time in the central table bargaining process.
We will continue to keep members informed of bargaining developments as they occur during the summer through ETFO’s Collective Bargaining (CB) eNewsletter.
Please also recognize that OSSTF and OECTA have contacted their members with WORK-TO-RULE
outlines. ETFO has not made any official changes to our current action. Only recognize information from this office or ETFO provincial. The media can and does make mistakes; the rumor mill is running!