As reported on 16 October 2019, ETFO has asked the Ministry of Labour to appoint a mediator (a third party who acts as mediator) to assist the parties in the centralised negotiations. As part of the conciliation procedure, ETFO could opt for a no board report. If this request is accepted, ETFO may be able…

Tdsb Etfo Collective Agreement

admin_plehane April 13, 2021

As reported on 16 October 2019, ETFO has asked the Ministry of Labour to appoint a mediator (a third party who acts as mediator) to assist the parties in the centralised negotiations. As part of the conciliation procedure, ETFO could opt for a no board report. If this request is accepted, ETFO may be able to take strike action by the third and fourth week of November if no agreement is reached on new contracts. Today, it was learned that the interim central agreements (concluded March 20 with the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO) have been ratified by the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) and the union. ETFO also suggested that its members would participate in 20-minute pickets outside their schools for at least one day per week, but these pickets are not expected to influence the classrooms. In view of future one-day strikes, ETFO said it would not hold one-day rotating strikes next week, but was ready to step up its industrial action on Monday 9 March if no provisional agreement was reached. Today, the Elementary Teachers` Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that its members will conduct a provincial strike (full withdrawal of service) on Thursday, February 6, 2020 if no central agreement is reached by January 31. In addition, ETFO also announced details of the rotating strikes that will continue next week in a number of school boards. ETFO members will be on strike at the TDSB on Friday, February 7, 2020 if no agreement is reached.

In the education sector, employee representatives (represented by unions), employers (represented by trust associations) and the crown (represented by the Ontario government) are represented by the Collective Education Act. Ontario`s education collective agreements ended on August 31, 2019. However, under the Labour Relations Act, these agreements remain in effect beyond their expiry date until a new contract or parties are in a legal strike/lockout position. The parties are legally obliged to meet and negotiate in good faith. This means that each party must make every reasonable effort to reach a collective agreement. The framework of collective agreements for the education sector includes a two-stage negotiation process involving centralised and local negotiations. Centralized negotiations generally deal with important monetary and political issues (e.g.B.

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