2005: ETFO negotiates 200 minutes of preparation and cap on-call time in each collective teacher contract. In short, collective bargaining protects your rights as education workers. Read your collective agreement again today. There are only a few employment-related issues here that would be threatened without collective bargaining: ETFO`s strength in influencing positive change comes from the collective strength of our members. Your professionalism, your willingness to stand up for the rights of educators and students, your commitment to your school and community, and your voice in defending the conditions that make Ontario`s education system one of the best in the world are what made the difference. Improving your working conditions is also linked to improving students` learning conditions. As part of the 2017-2019 renewal contracts, ETFO is your local collective agreement full of rights, rights and protection from arbitrary treatment. It is in the interest of each ETFO member to read and understand the agreement and to support the local negotiation process. As we engage in collective bargaining this year, ETFO will ensure that your professionalism and pricing requirements are met. Whether through collective bargaining, the representation of political interests or the promotion of social justice, ETFO will continue its efforts to establish better schools and an exemplary public education system. Ask what you can do this year if your union asks you to be an important part of this effort. Since your collective agreement expires on August 31, 2019, this is a good time to ask what your union has done for you and other ETFO members and what it will do during collective bargaining 2019. 1973: After the release of 100,000 teachers, Ontario passed legislation that gave teachers the right to freely negotiate collective agreements and the right to strike.
All collective agreements in the education sector – including those of ETFO members – expire on 31 August 2019. Teacher and non-teacher salaries and benefits account for 75 per cent of Ontario`s public education budget, so we need to be prepared for the possibility that the government will want to discuss savings at ETFO`s core bargaining tables in 2019. 2016: ETFO wins its challenge to the charter by finding by the court that Bill 115 violated the right of members to meaningful collective bargaining. ETFO`s objectives for the 2019 central round of negotiations were developed on the basis of responses submitted by tens of thousands of members during the members` consultation last November. You`ll find these goals in etfocb.ca, where you`ll find more information to keep you up to date, engage and mobilize during the 2019 round of negotiations. You can see the members` campaign in its development by reading the ETFO Collective Bargaining eNewsletter and by visiting EtFO`s trading site at etfocb.ca.