ETFO is escalating job action

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, also known as ETFO, is escalating its job action after efforts to return to the central bargaining table with the government failed.

Starting on Wednesday, elementary teachers won’t take part in any voluntary after school activities. The union that represents them says it’s a way of putting pressure on the government and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association to return to the bargaining table. According to the teachers, their attempts to resume central table bargaining have been ignored. But Wednesday, Education Minister Liz Sandals said the government has been available to resume talks.

The teachers were already staging a work-to-rule campaign that included no parent-teacher meetings and no class trips, but had warned they would expand it further if there was no bargaining progress.