November 19, 2019

Important information for families regarding ETFO and OSSTF job action

Last week, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) confirmed that job action will begin in public elementary schools across Ontario on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. In the Peel District School Board, ETFO members include elementary teachers and occasional teachers, resource teachers and instructional coordinators. 

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) is also in a legal strike position, but they have not yet announced any job action in Ontario’s public high schools. They must provide boards with five days’ notic​e. In the Peel board, OSSTF members includes secondary teachers and occasional teachers, resource teachers and instructional coordinators, and psychoeducational consultants, social workers and speech-language pathologists.

Teaching assistants and early childhood educators are in a separate union and are not engaged in any job action at this time.

All Peel schools and locations will remain open to staff and students during ETFO job action. Here is an overview of the anticipated impacts of ETFO’s phase one work-to-rule in Ontario elementary schools—​kindergarten to grade 8: 
  • All elementary teachers will continue to support the learning needs of students and maintain contact with families regarding students. 
  • At this time, ETFO’s job action target Ministry of Education and school board administrative tasks that do not impact students. For example, as of Nov. 26, ETFO members will not participate in professional learning outside of the instructional day, attend staff/division/grade team meetings, or engage in EQAO-related activities. 
  • ETFO has also asked their members to meet outside of their workplace entrances and to enter together at the start of their work day. You may notice them outside Peel board schools and locations. Rest assured, that elementary teachers will continue to provide their scheduled supervisory duties.
  • ETFO has also directed elementary teachers to not complete Term 1 Report Cards, outside of providing the school administrator with a class list of marks for subjects/strands taught and one comment per frame for Kindergarten Communication of Learning. This work is undertaken in January ahead of Report Card distribution in early February. If this job action remains in place at that time, we will communicate the impact to families then.
​We appreciate that timely communication is important to you, and we commit to providing you with updates as soon as there is new information to share. 

To find out the status of labour action in the Peel board:
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