VOICES

ETFO President John Hammond
Sam Hammond

I’d like to start by thanking you. It’s been a long and stressful 14 months of central bargaining for members.

ETFO General Secretary Victoria Réuame
Victoria Réaume

As President Hammond says in his column, we have been through a very difficult round of bargaining over the past 14 months.

ETFO General Secretary Victoria Réaume
Victoria Réaume

ETFO has proven itself over and over again this year. Let’s start with our finances.

ETFO president Sam Hammond
Sam Hammond

On Friday, September 11, after just seven days of bargaining, the Ontario Public School Boards Association and government negotiators told the mediator facilitating our discussions they “were done” and wouldn’t negotiate further with ETFO. In effect, they walked away from the table.

Women smiling
Lisa Mastrobuono

Ontario Regulation 274/12 (also called “Regulation 274”) was filed by the provincial government on September 11, 2012 under the Education Act. Regulation 274 establishes consistent and transparent steps all publicly funded school boards in Ontario are required to follow when hiring for long-term occasional (LTO) and new permanent teaching positions.

ETFO president Sam Hammond
Sam Hammond

As I write this column, central bargaining for teachers and occasional teachers has ceased and ETFO members have begun “Phase 1” of a province-wide, work-to-rule strike action that started on May 11.

ETFO General Secretary Victoria Réuame
Victoria Réaume

ETFO is a union that takes action even in the quietest of times. But these are not quiet times, and ETFO’s activism is at the heart of an organization that cares about the future of public education and the social justice and equity issues that affect women, children, families and communities in Ontario and beyond.

Ryan Tindale

Technology has as many uses for learning as ketchup does on food. Heinz would tell you it's endless. I'll tell you the same (excluding the ketchup analogy). Boosting engagement, eliciting smiles, commanding attention and increasing efficiency through technology at the points of instruction and learning are effective. But why not use technology creatively at the point of assessing?

Victoria Réaume

A major focus at ETFO provincial office is determining the needs of locals and members across the provinc

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