Collective Bargaining

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Resources for stewards on ETFO’s Collective Bargaining Website

There are a number of helpful resources for school stewards available on ETFO’s collective bargaining website at

These include an outline of the critical role of ETFO stewards, a downloadable copy of the ETFO bargaining process chart and a narrated PowerPoint explaining the education funding formula in Ontario. Check them out!

Elementary Podcast: Professional Learning

The podcast episode is called “Teacher professional judgement in assessment: Essential for student learning” and features a discussion with two experts in assessment, Dr. Arlo Kempf and Kenisha Bynoe.

You can listen to the new episode of Elementary on most podcast apps, or at this link on

New tabled  legislation that, is intended to ‘refocus’ the education system and improve outcomes for students.

On Monday, April 17, the Ontario Minister of Education tabled new legislation that, in his words, is intended to ‘refocus’ the education system and improve outcomes for students.

This was the second time in two days that ETFO was caught off-guard by a Ministry of Education announcement, demonstrating the government’s clear lack of consideration and respect for education stakeholders. 

Read ETFO’s response to Bill 98, the Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act.

And, in case you missed it, here is our response to the Ford government’s ill-conceived plan that will not improve literacy, math for students.

Listen in to ETFO’s member-only telephone town halls on collective bargaining

From March 8 to March 22, the audio of ETFO’s member-only telephone town halls on collective bargaining is available for ETFO members.

You can listen to the town hall at ETFO’s Secure website. Click here to listen to the town halls.

If you have not yet registered at you can do so by clicking here. You will need your ETFO ID to register.

Bargaining Update: Teacher/Occasional Teacher Central Bargaining

Today, on Wednesday, February 15, ETFO met with representatives from the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and the government at ETFO’s Teacher/Occasional Teacher Central Bargaining Table. Talks are progressing slowly, but the tone of discussions remains positive. 

Additional bargaining dates have been scheduled for Teacher/Occasional Teacher negotiations (on Tuesday, February 28) and Education Worker negotiations (on Monday, February 27). Additional central bargaining dates will be shared with members when they are confirmed.

Central Bargaining Member Telephone Town Halls in March

During the evenings of Wednesday March 1 and Thursday, March 2, ETFO will be holding telephone town halls. During the telephone town halls, members will be provided with a central bargaining update. Please mark these dates in your calendar.

ETFO will be sharing more information with members regarding town hall allocations on Tuesday, February 21 via CB eNewsletter and on the ETFO Collective Bargaining website.

For more information about ETFO’s bargaining goals or the bargaining process, please visit

Bargaining, Step by Step – ETFO

In the latest episode of the Elementary podcast, ETFO General Secretary Sharon O’Halloran and Deputy General Secretary Lisa Mastrobuono take us through the collective bargaining process in the education sector, step-by-step.

The Elementary podcast can be found on most podcast apps or at

Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the Elementary podcast for ETFO members. Two elementary school-aged children introduce each podcast; if you know a child who would like to participate, email to find out more.

Collective Action Reverses Bill

It’s up to all of us to stand up against a government that uses legislation as a blunt instrument to legislate away our constitutional rights.

It’s up to all of us to rise against oppressive and draconian measures intended to attack democracy by trampling on Charter rights.

And it’s up to all of us to welcome and inspire others to join our fight.

This is what we did this past week when our union stood shoulder to shoulder, united with private and public sector unions. Together we forced the Ford government to rescind Bill 28, the legislation that would force CUPE education workers back to work and interfere in their bargaining process.

At the November 7 joint labour media conference Karen Brown, ETFO President, said, “Let there be no doubt that we will not stand by and watch the government strip away our constitutionally-protected rights because they want to avoid the inconvenience of negotiations. Never—not today, not in this province.”

Read the media release from the Ontario Federation of Labour on this issue and you can watch the media conference here.

CUPE Solidarity – Stay Tuned!

This week, the CUPE bargaining team returned to negotiations as Ford confirmed that on Monday, November 14, the Ontario government would rescind the back-to-work legislation and remove it from the legislative record.

What a significant victory for all workers in the province and across Canada.

Please remember that your solidarity and support for CUPE education workers are still needed as bargaining continues. To stay up to date on CUPE negotiations, visit the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) site at

ETFO Podcast Elementary begins Season 2 with a conversation about collective bargaining history

There are two parts to the collective agreements governing workers in the education sector: central terms and local terms. But it hasn’t always been this way. In the latest episode of Elementary, renowned labour lawyer Howard Goldblatt, founding partner of Goldblatt Partners LLP, on the history of the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act and what it means for teachers and education workers in Ontario who are bargaining their collective agreements.

You can listen and subscribe to the podcast here, or on most podcast apps.

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