The following ETT media release was issued on January 26, 2016.
Members of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) have voted to ratify the tentative local agreement reached with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The vote result was 96.5 per cent in favour of the agreement, which was ratified through an online voting process.
“This is an important step towards building a good working relationship with the TDSB,” said ETT President John Smith. “I think this round of bargaining has set the tone for how we can work together in the future,” he said.
On November 13, 2015, members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), voted to ratify the central agreement reached with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and the government. Terms agreed to through central bargaining cover a review of Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK), a review of class size in Grades 4-8, and the development of recommendations for supporting elementary students with special needs.
Some of the terms reached under the tentative local agreement include:
- Acknowledging that extra curricular activities are voluntary for teachers
- Scheduling of preparation time
- Addressing the technological shortfall in schools
- Extending the timeline of the grievance process
The TDSB, the second party named inthe agreement, must also ratify the agreement before it can come into effect. The job of blending both agreements (central and local) into one cohesive Collective Agreement will be done after ratification.
“We know how hard our members work every day in their classrooms,” said ETT’s Chief Negotiator Michelle Leonard. “We hope this new agreement supports them in their struggle for the highest quality public education system,” she said.
ETT is the Toronto local of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). The local—the largest in Canada—acts as the representative body for more than 11,000 elementary teachers (K-8) employed by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).