Updated: June 26, 2020 The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has voted to ratify a local agreement with the 17,700 education workers on the Board of Directors represented by the Union of Canadian Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4400. This local agreement has also been ratified by CUPE Local 4400. Learn more. The Ontario Federation of Elementary Teachers (ETFO) announced today that its members will lead a provincial strike (complete withdrawal of services) on Thursday, February 6, 2020 if no central agreement is reached by January 31. ETFO also announced details of the rotating strikes that will continue next week with a number of school authorities. ETFO members will be on strike at the TDSB on Friday, February 7, 2020 in the absence of an agreement. Any point that is not considered a “focal point” can be negotiated at the local level between the ETT and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The Ontario Association of Public Boards of Directors (OPSBA) and the Government of Ontario have reached a preliminary agreement with the Teachers` and Teachers` Education Workers` Federation, Teachers` and Teaching Workers. The details of the agreement remain confidential until it is ratified by all parties.
ETFO has suspended all working measures pending ratification of the agreement. Members of the Ontario Elementary Teachers Federation voted to adopt central collective agreements with the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Public School Boards` Association and the Council of Trustees` Associations: boards and unions share a commitment to public education and work together towards positive labour relations. The collective bargaining framework for the education sector includes a two-stage bargaining process, which includes both centralized and local bargaining. Learn more about the process. Today, the Elementary Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced details of phase 3 and Phase 4 strike action that will begin if no agreement is reached with the province and the OPSBA. ETFO also announced that ETFO, if, before 17 January 2020, with effect from 20 January 2020, there will be no agreement to begin a total withdrawal of the service strike on a rotating basis. If this complete withdrawal of services were to take place, the TDSB would have no choice but to close all primary schools for students, as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. It was announced today that the preliminary central agreements (entered into on March 20 with the Ontario Elementary Officers Federation (ETFO) have been ratified by the Ontario Public School Boards` Association (OPSBA) and the union. ETFO has also begun the process of strike voting across the province.
The association asks its members if they support the strikes of primary school teachers in the absence of agreement on a new contract. Members` voting is expected to be completed by November 1, 2019.