VOICES

photograph of open door at the end of a hallway lined with lockers
Valence Young

Recent events in Ontario and beyond have a lot of people thinking about lockdown procedures in their schools.

ETFO General Secretary Victoria Réaume
Victoria Réaume

When I became General Secretary three years ago, I was charged with ushering in significant change.

ETFO president Sam Hammond
Sam Hammond

As a federation, everyday we have the opportunity to walk the talk.

ETFO General Secretary Victoria Réuame
Victoria Réaume
ETFO General Secretary Victoria Réaume
Victoria Réaume
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.

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