„Our goal of local bargaining was to negotiate a fair collective agreement that would address working conditions issues through free collective bargaining,“ said Craig Smith, President of ETFO Thames Valley Teacher Local. While there is no progress towards a contractual agreement by Friday 6 March, ETFO said it would begin the next phase of its strike protocol on Monday 9 March. We also hope that an agreement can soon be reached at the provincial level. Most importantly, teachers will continue to focus on supporting students` learning needs. „We are very pleased that preliminary agreements have been reached with our teachers` unions to draw our full attention to the exceptional challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic,“ said the Chair of the Board of Directors, Arlene Morell, who has a preliminary agreement with the Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools (OSSTF) between the Ontario government and the Ontario Association of Public Boards (OPSBA). The updated information is published on www.tvdsb.ca. On June 4, ETFO Thames Valley Teacher Local and TVDSB agreed on an interim local agreement and signed the Settlement Protocol on June 5. ETFO will now review the details of the interim agreement and begin next week with EtFO leaders and local members. EtFO immediately suspends strike action until the results of its central ratification votes are available. Thames Valley will not be able to ensure student safety, as more than 3400 of our employees are CUPE members who do not show up to work if no agreement is reached.
CUPE staff include facilitators, early childhood educators, teaching assistants, school and central offices, technical assistance (IT) and maintenance. If no agreement is reached at the central bargaining table in Toronto by Friday, January 17, 2020, the union will begin rotating strikes on Monday, January 20, 2020, according to the union. In addition, teachers will no longer participate in professional learning activities as part of the 4th phase of the EtFO Job action. Find out more about the current working situation on tvdsB websites and social networks: www.tvdsb.ca/LabourUpdates We appreciate your constant understanding, patience and support from our students.