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Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

​​​February 1, 2020

​Collective bargaining negotiations with The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have broken off.

A tentative central agreement has not been reached. ETFO will continue its legal Work to Rule campaign and its series of rotating strikes.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has declared two days of full withdrawal of services for Thursday February 6 and Friday February 7, 2020. This strike impacts all GECDSB elementary schools.

All GECDSB elementary schools and John McGivney Children's Centre will be closed to elementary students and elementary student transportation is cancelled.

All GECDSB secondary schools will be open to secondary school students and secondary school student transportation will be provided.

Maryvale and Regional Children’s Centre will remain open and transportation will continue. 

Elementary Schools and John McGivney Children's Centre will reopen to students and student transportation will operate Monday February 10, 2020. 

All EarlyON Centres will be closed. These centres will be open and will run regular hours on Wednesday.

Talk2Me will be closed

Before and after-school child care, there is a possibility that child care will run full day (similar to January 8th and PA day programming). Programming will only be full-day, not run as before and after-school programs. Please note that there will be no Board provided transportation for any program that is open. If child care providers wish to offer a full-day program they will inform the school principal who will be able to let you know if it is open or not at each individual school.

Curiosity Club will be cancelled.

YMCA Kids Club will be cancelled.​​

January 29, 2020
​Collective bargaining negotiations with The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) resumed today.
If a central agreement has not been reached by January 31st, ETFO will continue its legal Work to Rule campaign and its series of rotating strikes.
Thursday, February 6th a province-wide, one day strike (full withdrawal of services) has been scheduled.
Friday, February 7th GECDSB ETFO members will participate in an additional one day strike.
Families are encouraged to regularly check this page for updates and the status of schools. 

 
January 27, 2020

​The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has declared a one day, full withdrawal of services for Wednesday, January 29, 2020.. This strike impacts all GECDSB elementary schools.

All GECDSB elementary schools will be closed to elementary students and elementary student transportation is cancelled.

All GECDSB secondary schools will be open to secondary school students and secondary school student transportation will be provided.

Elementary Schools will reopen to students and student transportation will operate on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Secondary Schools will have a PD day on Thursday, January 30, 2020.  Semester 2 will begin on Friday, January, 31, 2020

EarlyON Centres will be closed unless it is one of the GECDSB operated centres located at Begley, Roseville, John Campbell, West Gate and Queen Elizabeth. These centres will be open and will run regular hours on Wednesday.

Talk2Me will be closed

Before and after-school child care, there is a possibility that child care will run full day (similar to January 8th and PA day programming). Programming will only be full-day, not run as before and after-school programs. Please note that there will be no Board provided transportation for any program that is open. If child care providers wish to offer a full-day program they will inform the school principal who will be able to let you know if it is open or not at each individual school.

Curiosity Club will be cancelled.

YMCA Kids Club will be cancelled.​​

January 22, 2020
 
As a result of the on-going provincial contract negotiations and legal strike action involving the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Kindergarten Communication of Learning and Term One Report Cards (Grades 1-8) will not be issued for elementary students.  

It is our expectation that communication with parents/guardians is on-going throughout the year. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher(s) at this time and/or at any time throughout the school year if they have questions regarding their child’s academic achievement and/or well-being. ​

​​​January 11, 2020

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has announced that it will expand its current, legal work-to-rule job action beginning Monday, January 13, 2020.

This means that in addition to withdrawing various administrative duties, educators will not participate in extra-curricular activities except for those that are scheduled within the regular school day; educators will not plan or participate in any assemblies, except to provide supervision to students; and educators will not participate in field trips. Extra-curricular activities after the school day are cancelled effective January 13, and previously planned field trips are also cancelled. Schools will work with families on refunding any fees paid where possible.

It is important for families to know that there continues to be no impact on student learning and the delivery of the curriculum at this time. 

ETFO has also indicated that if the government does not address critical issues by January 17, 2020, ETFO members will begin rotating strikes beginning January 20, 2020. While we have no further information on what this might look like for families it may be prudent for families to begin seeking alternative arrangements for child care should rotating strikes occur. The Board will be given five days notice should strike action take place.
We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon at the central bargaining table between the province, the unions, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table.​

November 21, 2019

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced that it would begin a legal job action across Ontario on Tuesday, November 26th in support of its collective bargaining position.
No other union or federation has indicated a job action at this time.
​Throughout the course of the ETFO job action schools will remain open, with health and safety of students being the priority. Childcare centres and before & after-school programs will also remain open.
The Board will do everything possible to minimize the impact of this job action, each instructional day,on students and their families. We are closely monitoring negotiations and hope all parties can reach fair and mutually acceptable agreements as quickly as possible. 
We remain committed to providing our families and communities with the latest information in a timely manner.​