I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. As we return to school, we continue to face a difficult and stressful situation at the Central Bargaining Table. ETFO will resume bargaining with the Ministry and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) on September 1.
It is vital that all ETT Members are familiar with the bargaining issues so we are able to talk about them and explain our actions. When a settlement is reached, we will be asked to ratify the resulting agreement, so it is critical we understand what we are being asked to vote for.
I urge you all to stay apprised of the bargaining issues through the following resources:
- ETFO website – etfo.ca
- ETFO Collective Bargaining website – etfocb.ca
- ETFO Collective Bargaining enewsletter – etfocb.ca/subscribe
- ETT website – ett.ca
- ETT Weekly and Collective Bargaining newsletters and bulletins – ett.ca/subscribe
The ETT Negotiations Team continues to meet with the TDSB on local issues. The Team will provide progress updates to members throughout September.
On a more celebratory note, congratulations to ETT Executive Member Karen Brown, who was elected to the position of ETFO Vice-President at this summer’s ETFO Annual Meeting. I would like to thank Karen for all her work and dedication to ETT over the years, and wish her luck in her new position.
A by-election will be held in September to fill the two vacancies on the ETT Executive. If you are interested, I encourage you to run in the upcoming by-election. Members will be notified shortly about election details via ETT Weekly and the ETT website.
Congratulations also to former ETT President Martin Long, who received the ETFO Honorary Life Member Award for outstanding service to the Federation.
Our union is only as strong as its members, so I encourage you to get involved and make your voice heard. These are difficult times for unionized workers, especially those of us in the public sector. A strong union means a strong public education system and public service.
Our public education system is the envy of the world. We must work together to preserve what we have built, so that our schools can continue to flourish.
Join ETT and take action.