The union of public elementary school teachers in Ontario, ETFO, has revealed its plan to roll out phase three of its work-to-rule campaign in result of failed contract talks last week. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario held negotiations with the province last week but talks have broken off since. The union is now without a contract for more than a year. Currently, the 76,000 members of the teachers’ association are not participating in administrative duties or booking field trips as part of the current work-to-rule action.
The Ontario government has highlighted that tentative agreements have already been signed by the province with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association. Addressing reporters on Monday morning, Premier Kathleen Wynne stated that “I think the onus is going to be on ETFO and the leadership of ETFO to explain… why that is not good enough for their membership.” She alleged that “my hope would be that after the meeting that ETFO has today, that they will be open to coming back and having a conversation about how we can move forward.”
Meanwhile when inquired about the possibility of a strike, Ontario’s education minister Liz Sandals replied that “I really do believe that teachers that have approached me want to be in the classroom and that the support workers… want to be in classroom.” She stated that “I would encourage all the local presidents to have a look at what is on the table.”
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