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Greater Essex County District School Board
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Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

​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.​