Commenting on his experience in trying to engage his “high-energy and at-risk” grade 6 students, a young male teacher noted:
The fall has been a busy time at ETFO provincial office.
Free and fair collective bargaining is at the heart of what we do as a union.
ETFO has done a great deal in the past couple of years to fight for our collective bargaining rights and the democratic rights of all Ontarians. I have been inspired and awed as I’ve watched ETFO members respond to unfair and undemocratic government initiatives with strength, commitment, and dedication.
While this past year was extremely challenging, it has also been incredibly inspiring and galvanizing.
The past year of negotiations has been challenging for ETFO members, but through solidarity and collective action ETFO has consistently shown that we are united in our commitment to democracy and the protection of our members.
I’d like to begin the last column of this school year by saying a big thank you to our members.
For educators, the decision to participate in extracurricular activities has always been voluntary.
The past year of negotiations has been a difficult one, but ETFO members have continued to stand strong and, through their solidarity, demonstrate that we are a force to be reckoned with.