2016: ETFO wins its charter challenge in court, finding that Bill 115 violated members` right to meaningful collective bargaining. All collective agreements in the education sector – including those of ETFO members – expire on 31 August 2019. Teachers` and non-teachers` salaries and benefits account for 75 per cent of Ontario`s public education budget, so we need to prepare for the possibility that the government wants to discuss savings at the 2019 ETFO central bargaining tables. ETFO`s power to bring about positive change rests on the collective strength of our members. Your professionalism, your willingness to advocate for educators and students, your advocacy in your school and community, and your voice in advocating for the conditions that make Ontario`s education system one of the best in the world have made all the difference. ETFO`s objectives for the 2019 round of centralized collective bargaining were developed based on responses submitted by tens of thousands of members in the member survey conducted last November. These objectives can be found under etfocb.ca, where you will also find other information to keep you informed, engaged and engaged during the 2019 round of negotiations. You can see the membership campaign as it unfolds by reading the ETFO`s electronic pricing newsletter and visiting the ETFO trading website at etfocb.ca. 1973: After 100,000 teachers leave the school service, Ontario passes legislation that gives teachers the right to free collective bargaining and the right to strike.
Since your collective agreement on 31. August 2019 expires, so it`s a good time to ask what your union has done for you and other ETFO members and what it will do during the 2019 round of collective bargaining. 2005: ETFO negotiates 200 minutes of preparation time and limits supervision time in each teachers` collective agreement. When we enter collective bargaining this year, ETFO will ensure that your professionalism and collective bargaining rights are respected. Whether through collective bargaining, political advocacy or the promotion of social justice, ETFO will continue its efforts to build better schools and an exemplary public education system. Ask what you can do this year if your union asks you to play an important role in this effort. The predecessor organizations of ETFO, the Ontario Federation of Women Teachers` Associations (FWTAO) and the Ontario Public School Teachers` Federation (OPSMTF), worked with the Ontario Teachers` Federation (OTF) and other labour groups throughout the 20th century to generate significant profits for educators. Improving your working conditions is also associated with improving students` learning conditions. Under the 2017-2019 extension agreements, ETFO 1991: Teacher Demonstrations leads to an equal teacher-government-management partnership for the Ontario Teachers` Pension Plan. 1946: The OTF approves a policy of equal pay for women and men. Ontario passed the Pay Equity Act in 1987. 2004: After intensive lobbying by ETFO, the government introduces a cap of 20 students on the size of primary school classes.
2017: ETFO negotiates an upper limit for kindergarten class sizes and ensures that grade 4 to 8 class size averages do not exceed 24.5 students in all school authorities. It is common knowledge that the eight-hour workday, pensions, minimum wage, maternity leave, employment standards, equal pay, health and safety laws and other initiatives were first negotiated by unionized workers and then extended to others. ETFO`s predecessor unions played a big role in these and other struggles during the 20th century. Some call this solidarity. Others call it standing together for what is right. No matter what you call it, it`s about acting and speaking with a common goal. That`s why, to mark ETFO`s twentieth anniversary this year, we adopted a slogan submitted by one of ETFO`s 83,000 members: “United. Inclusive. Strong. This is your future. We invite you to play a key role in their development in this year of negotiations.
This year will be a challenge for educators and for public education. 2011: ETFO organizes and welcomes 10 local sections of the DECE among its members. 2015: ETFO`s Central Teacher/Occasional Teacher Agreement enshrines the right of teachers to exercise professional judgment when assessing and evaluating students. The Ford government has already begun cutting public education by four cents on the savings made by all utilities. This would mean devastating cuts of $1 billion to our schools. Given the current government`s willingness to rethink the curriculum, reduce funding for school repairs, and reduce programs for students without consultation, the next round of negotiations will be difficult for ETFO members. You can say that the daily pressure of being an educator leaves you little time to think about anything beyond how you`re going to spend the week. .