Federal Election – Monday, October 19, 2015

The federal election is right around the corner and it’s important that all members cast their vote on October 19th. Make sure that you are ready to vote and you can check your registration here http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx.


At our ETFO Annual Meeting, the delegates passed a motion that ETFO endorse the NDP in the election. In spirit of this motion, I have attached the names and ridings of the NDP candidates and encourage you to learn more about them, possibly working on their campaign.


Why is ETFO Getting Involved?


The federal government has jurisdiction over issues of direct concern to ETFO members, their students, and ETFO as a provincial public sector union. Federal tax and fiscal policies determine Canada’s capacity to transfer funds to the provinces and territories to support social programs. These policies are integral to Canada’s ability to address the growing income gap among Canadians and the declining middle class.


Federal policies determine the extent to which Canada can address issues like poverty, unemployment, gender
equality, the status of our Indigenous peoples, support for immigrants and refugees, and democratic rights.

The federal government also plays a role in the bargaining process for public and private sector employees under
federal jurisdiction, a role that has an impact on contract negotiations across the country. Recently, Parliament passed a Conservative private member’s bill that singles out unions for reporting on their expenditures even though unions are accountable to their members not the public.


What Should ETFO Members Do?


  • Ensure you’re on the Voters List – check http://www.elections.ca
  • Check with your local about volunteering to work on a candidate’s campaign.
  • Donate to a candidate of your choice.
  • Take a candidate’s sign.
  • Check the issue backgrounders and fact sheets on ETFO
  • website: http://www.etfo.ca
  • Attend all-candidate meetings and ask questions.
  • Vote in advance poll – October 9, 10, 11 and 12.)
  • If you miss the advance polls, vote on Election Day – October 19.
Waterloo Diane Freeman
Kitchener Center Susan Cadell
Kitchener-Conestoga James Villeneuve
Kitchener South – Hespeler Bruce Lorne
Cambridge Bobbi Stewart




“Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.” – Simon Sinek

Liz Sandals Protest

20150616_165724Teacher locals from all affiliates in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph rallied at Liz Sandals’ office today,  June 16 from 4 to 5:30 pm to protest the minister’s inaction on teacher collective bargaining issues.

Minister Sandals has allowed the school boards associations to run negotiations off the rails. It’s time she stood up and got involved to ensure good faith bargaining on the part of the government and to get those OPSBA strips off the table! 

Waterloo and Upper Grand ETFO, OSSTF, OECTA teachers met at 173 Woolwich Street in Guelph at 4 pm.


Council of Canadians “Go Vote!” Campaign

It’s been nine years of job losses, health care privatization, falling wages, and environmental neglect.

Now it’s time for change. And with the 2015 federal election rapidly approaching, you and I hold the power in our hands to deliver that change.

That’s why the Council of Canadians has embarked on a cross-Canada series of public town halls as part of our Go Vote! campaign. Our goal is to engage directly with the voting public – everyone from students to seniors – around the kind of change we want to see in our communities and our country, and how we can come together to make it happen.

I’m thrilled to say the tour is coming to Ontario with a compelling lineup of speakers.

I want to invite you to come join us and to learn how you can inspire democratic participation in your community.

For more information on the campaign and specific town halls, click here .

Provincial Elections Update

Campaigns across the region are underway and I have included some information below to help you be more informed for this important election. ETFO provided a questionnaire to each of the political parties.

Below is the official Questionnaire and the responses from each of the 4 major parties.

You can see the levels of respect given to Teachers based solely on the responses. I hope everyone can make a pledge to Stop Hudak in this next election

Volunteer your time, take a lawn sign, talk about the issues. This election is more important than ever. Below is contact information for the supported candidates in the WKC Region. Find out how you can help!


Kitchener Waterloo   Catherine Fife NDP
Website: http://www.catherinefife.ca/
Address: 133 Weber St North, Unit 6, Waterloo, N2J 4E7
Phone number:  519-883-8300

Kitchener Conestoga Wayne Wright Liberal
: http://www.votewright.ca/
Address: 808 Courtland Avenue East, Unit 1, Kitchener N2C 1K3
Phone number:  519-742-9266

Kitchener Centre       Daiene Vernile Liberal
Website: http://www.votevernile.ca/
Address: Unit 8, 421 Greenbrook Drive, Kitchener, N2M 4K1
Phone number:  519-954-8100

Cambridge                – Katheryn McGarry Liberal
Website: http://www.votemcgarry.ca/
Address: 350 Hespeler Road, Unit 10, Cambridge
Phone number:  519 700-1884

Bill 122 Update

In October 22, the Minister of Education introduced provincial bargaining legislation in the Ontario Legislature. The legislation, called the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2013, is also referred to as Bill 122.

Bill 122 mandates a system of two-tier bargaining at central and local tables for teacher and occasional teacher bargaining units represented by ETFO.  There is also potential central bargaining for DECE, ESP, and PSP locals.

The government would like to see the bill reviewed by a legislative committee early in the New Year and a final vote by March break. The progress of the bill is in the hands of the Opposition.

  • First Reading – October 22, 2013
  • Second Reading Vote – December 3, 2013 (Liberal and NDP MPPs voted in favour; PC MPPs voted against.)
    • The bill was referred to the Standing Committee of the Legislature for consideration of amendments. No dates have yet been set for the committee hearings.
  • Third Reading – TBD


Royal Assent – TBD