With asbestos in aging school buildings a leading health concern, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has added its voice to the call for a national ban on asbestos.
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.
The Ontario government's Bill 115 stripped the education sector of its right to bargain collectively and violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
"Such trade deals have restricted our government's ability to regulate in the public interest while at the same time protecting and privileging the interests of multinational corporations," said ETFO.
Teacher and occasional teacher members of ETFO have voted to ratify the central agreement reached with the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and the government.
ETFO is advising its members to suspend strike action in light of a tentative agreement that has been reached with the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) and the provincial government.
ETFO will be escalating its current Phase 3 strike action. Beginning Wednesday, October 28, ETFO teacher and occasional teacher members will withdraw from all voluntary extracurricular activities.
Teachers and occasional teachers are continuing to provide daily instruction to students and have the safety of their students as a prime objective.
ETFO has escalated its work-to-rule strike action because the terms it was offered by the Liberal government and the OPSBA in early September are inadequate and ignore elementary school issues.
OPSBA and the government refused to continue discussions after seven lengthy days of bargaining.
"Unions have won many employment rights for everyone. They continue to fight for social justice and equality and reach out to those whose lives have been worsened by precarious jobs."