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ETFO threatens rotating strikes in October

Irene Preklet, 680News

Last Updated Sep 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm EDT

The Elementary School Teachers Federation is ramping up its work action.

A spokesperson from the union tells 680 NEWS they are threatening to begin rotating strikes in October if the province does not return to the bargaining table.

The teachers have been working without a contract since last year.

Phase 3 of work to rule action will begin on Monday.

An internal memo sent to teachers outlined the next phase.

It states that teachers will not:

  • Fill in for absent teachers
  • Prepare report card comments
  • Conduct parent interviews related to progress report cards (unless there is a concern)
  • Update classroom websites or blogs


“It is disappointing to hear that ETFO is escalating job action and that the withdrawal of services will further disrupt students’ learning in the classroom,” Education Minister Liz Sandals said in a statement.

“OPSBA and the government tabled a comprehensive proposal to ETFO. It is a proposal that mirrors the deal reached with OSSTF, OECTA and AEFO. We are confident that an agreement can be reached within the parameters presented to ETFO and we are prepared to resume discussions on that basis.”

Meanwhile, earlier today, the English Catholic Teachers Association announced it has ratified a deal with the province.

The union still needs a deal with local boards but school will continue as normal.



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