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  • Colleagues, earlier today,

  • ETFO served notice to bargain

  • with school board bargaining

  • agencies and the government.

  • Serving notice begins the

  • collective bargaining process

  • for all ETFO

  • bargaining units

  • and makes it clear

  • that ETFO would like to meet

  • within the next 15 days

  • to discuss the list of items

  • that will be bargained at the

  • teacher/occasional teacher

  • and education worker

  • central tables.

  • For the past year,

  • ETFO has been preparing

  • for this round of bargaining.

  • We surveyed our members

  • in the fall

  • and based on those

  • survey results,

  • we developed

  • overall bargaining goals

  • that were approved in February

  • by Representative Council.

  • And in May,

  • local presidents approved

  • the list of items that ETFO

  • will propose at

  • our central tables.

  • ETFO is committed to negotiating

  • in good faith,

  • and we expect good faith

  • bargaining from those

  • who will be sitting across

  • from us

  • at central and local

  • bargaining tables.

  • Even so,

  • we know that negotiations

  • this year

  • are going to be

  • extremely challenging.

  • That's why ETFO has

  • spent the past year

  • informing, engaging

  • and mobilizing

  • our members.

  • Our members have

  • responded very positively,

  • and once again,

  • have risen to the occasion.

  • By signing petitions,

  • attending rallies--

  • including the April 6th rally

  • at Queen's Park

  • attended by 30,000 people--

  • speaking to their MPPs

  • and engaging with parents

  • and members of the public,

  • ETFO members have been standing

  • up against the significant cuts

  • to public education that are

  • being unilaterally imposed

  • by the current government.

  • During the last few months,

  • many of you took part

  • in ETFO member

  • engagement meetings

  • held by school stewards

  • across the province.

  • At those meetings,

  • you signed cards

  • where you pledged to work

  • together to protect

  • the needs of Ontario's students.

  • So far,

  • over 30,000 of your pledge cards

  • have been delivered to ETFO,

  • and we continue to receive

  • more signed cards

  • every single day.

  • It's very powerful to know

  • that so many of you

  • have affirmed

  • your collective commitment

  • to take action

  • to defend Ontario's

  • world-class publicly-funded

  • education system,

  • now and in the future.

  • I want to end by thanking you,

  • on behalf of ETFO's

  • Provincial Executive,

  • for your support

  • as we enter the 2019

  • round of bargaining.

  • We are proud to serve

  • a membership that is so united,

  • so inclusive

  • and so strong.

  • Those are the qualities

  • that make our Union

  • a force to be reckoned with

  • in Ontario's public

  • education system

  • and at the bargaining table.

Colleagues, earlier today,

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ETFO Serves Notice to Bargain

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/02/25
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