President Hammond Appears on TVO's Agenda
On April 12th, ETFO President Sam Hammond was interviewed on TVO's flagship current affairs show, The Agenda. Responding to Education Minister Laurel Broten's contention that ETFO left provincial discussions after one hour, President Hammond assured host Steve Paikin that ETFO "hasn't really walked away from anything." President Hammond confirmed that "we'd be happy... to sit down with this government, the Minister of Education and key people in the Ministry of Education to work together to find solutions to the problems that are confronting all of us."
During the interview, President Hammond discussed the unprecedented move by the provincial government to unilaterally strip education sector contracts, including the collective agreements of ETFO members. He urged the Minister to respect teachers by working collaboratively with ETFO in any provincial discussions, and to respect the bargaining process defined under the Ontario Labour Relations Act.
The complete interview with President Hammond can be found on ETFO's collective bargaining website, Control Your Future, and on the ETFO YouTube channel.
Provincial Memos Released to School Boards
On April 11, 2012, the Minister of Education, Laurel Broten, and Deputy Minister of Education, George Zegarac, sent three memos to Ontario's school boards setting out their expectations for district school boards in the event that a board enters into local negotiations.
The Minister's and Deputy Ministers memos were published on the Control Your Future website on April 13, 2012. To read the memos, click here.
ETFO's Provincial Executive has discussed the content of the memos and referred them to legal counsel for review.
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Questions and answers are regularly updated, so it pays to check the FAQ section frequently.