Early in my teaching career I came to understand the extent to which public education is intricately entwined with politics.
In 1998, delegates to the first ETFO annual meeting unanimously passed the following motion: That the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario work to restore free and full collective bargaining rights to teachers and education workers.
Many ETFO members have fond memories of the Federation of Women Teachers’ Associations of Ontario (FWTAO) and the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation (OPSTF), the two organizations that came together in 1998 to create ETFO.
This year ETFO celebrates its 10th anniversary. an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how far we have come since this federation was founded.
Re: “The Pervasive Threat of Declining Student Enrolment,” June 07
Many identify the Stonewall Riots as the beginning of political organization by the gay community in North America. In June 1969, the patrons of New York’s Stonewall Bar, several of them persons of colour, rose up to protest police harassment, arrests, and humiliation.
Although the 1960s and 1970s were the years of consciousness-raising, the rise of teacher militancy, and the beginnings of many social justice movements, it was during the 1980s that progress on equity issues was made in policy, legislation, union structure, and collective agreements.
The new Act boosted federation membership: overnight FWTAO membership jumped to 12,500 from 5,3001 and that of OPSMTF to 3,400 from about 1,6002 members.
Throughout the early 1800s the government attempted to establish publicly funded education in Upper Canada but made only marginal inroads.
This is the ﬁrst of a four-part history of Ontario public elementary teachers and their federations. We will learn about ETFO and its predecessor organizations, the challenges they faced and the victories they achieved.