March 19, 2021
Fighting for Our Members: ETT Takes Action
Your Union Has Your Back
It’s been a difficult, near impossible school year, made all the more challenging by the Ford government’s inadequate and underfunded response to COVID-19 and the TDSB’s inaction.
We recognize just how hard it’s been. The daily health and safety fears. The lack of resources in virtual school. The constant toll on YOUR mental health.
We’ve been fighting hard all year and will continue to fight to ensure that your concerns are heard and to demand action.
With your support and dedication we’ve made progress. Our shared compilation of wins and actions is not a victory lap, but a promise to continue to defend public education and our educators, students, and communities.
The work to be done is still tremendous and we need your help. We’re #11000Strong. Together, we’re powerful and we will demand change.
Fighting for Safer and Better Classrooms: ETT Wins
ETT Gives Voice to and Amplifies Members’ Concerns
Making ETT Members’ Health and Safety a Priority
Building ETT Member Engagement
Realizing Campaigns and Community Outreach
Taking Political Action: Fighting for Change at the Provincial and Municipal Level
Making Media a Priority: Broadcasting Members’ Concerns
Fighting for Safer and Better Classrooms: ETT Wins
ETT President Jennifer Brown highlights ETT’s wins this year and how our union is fighting for safer classrooms.
Mandatory Mask Policy and PPE for All Teachers and Education Workers
ETT achieves mandatory mask policy for all students in all grades and sufficient PPE for all teachers and education workers in TDSB schools through sustained, relentless advocacy in collaboration with education union allies.
No Hybrid Model
ETT successfully negotiates with the TDSB to ensure that a hybrid model is not implemented when schools reopen in February.
Collective Agreement Wins
ETT members ratify new Local Collective Agreement with the TDSB, voting 97.5% in favour.
Significant language gains improve working conditions for members and learning conditions for students. Wins include language concerning Staff Meetings, Surplus and Transfer, Report Card expectations, and more.
Schools Closed Post-Holidays to Protect Member and Student Health and Safety
ETT works with other education unions to help convince the Ford government to close schools post-holidays to prevent COVID-19 spread, protecting member and student health and well-being.
TDSB Passes Motion Recommending ISP Teachers and Education Workers be Prioritized for Vaccination
ETT works with other education unions and TDSB Trustees to help pass a motion recommending that ISP teachers and education workers be prioritized for vaccination, as these workers are at a heightened health and safety risk because of their students’ unique needs.
TDSB Announces Installation of HEPA Filters
TDSB announces funding for the installation of HEPA filters in all classrooms, a health and safety demand from ETT and other education unions.
Call for Smaller Class Sizes, Sufficient PPE, Regular Cleaning of Classrooms
ETT President Jennifer Brown pens open letter to the TDSB demanding smaller class sizes, sufficient PPE, regular deep cleaning of classrooms, and other essential health and safety measures recommended by public health officials.
Calling Out the Ford Government for Virtual School Rollout Failure
ETT President Jennifer Brown pens an open letter criticizing the Ford government for its responsibility in the TDSB’s failed virtual school rollout.
Raising Members’ Concerns at Weekly Round Table Meetings with the TDSB
ETT President Jennifer Brown and Vice President Jamie Thom participate in weekly Round Table Meetings with the TDSB, raising members’ concerns and issues.
More than 30 meetings held since the start of the school year.
Raising Members’ Concerns at Monthly TDSB Director’s Table Meetings
ETT President Jennifer Brown advocates for members’ concerns at monthly TDSB Director’s Table meetings.
ETT Calls on the TDSB to Identify and Eliminate Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Indigenous Racism, and Racism in All Forms
ETT President Jennifer Brown pens open letter to the TDSB calling for appropriate funding of its Human Rights department, so the Board can properly address increasing reports of racism.
Criticizing the TDSB for Providing Administrators with Additional Compensation
ETT President Jennifer Brown pens an open letter criticizing the TDSB for providing additional compensation in monetary and lieu time to administrators, while virtual schools lack sufficient resources.
ETT COVID-19 health and safety flyer.
Joint Health and Safety Committee Meetings with the TDSB
ETT Health and Safety Coordinator Terri Lynn Platt and ETT’s Health and Safety Inspectors meet monthly for a joint Health and Safety Committee meeting with the TDSB. In their meetings they demand:
- improved ventilation and HEPA filters;
- air quality testing;
- better PPE;
- more health and safety professional development;
- a plan to address violence in classrooms;
- funding for school maintenance to address the $4 billion school repair backlog; and
- release of information about the total number of teachers, staff, and students sent home for isolation.
ETT Health and Safety Inspectors in Schools Every Day
ETT’s four Health and Safety Inspectors are in schools every day advocating for members’ health and well-being.
Joint Health and Safety (JHSC) and Worker Caucus Representatives Meetings
ETT Health and Safety Coordinator Terri Lynn Platt and ETT’s Health and Safety Inspectors meet monthly with Health and Safety representatives from other education unions, including OSSTF D12, CUPE 4400, the Trades Council, etc., to plan and advocate for the well-being of educators and education workers.
ETT has conducted more surveys to reach out to members.
Introducing Town Halls
ETT hosts online town halls, seven of which have been held this school year, so members can engage directly with ETT leadership to ask questions and address concerns.
More Membership Surveys
ETT conducts more membership surveys than ever before to reach out to members to gather necessary information about issues and concerns to better advocate for improvements in our schools.
Seven surveys have been held so far this school year. ETT member input is valued and essential.
Regular General Meetings
Despite COVID-19, ETT continues to maintain regular General Meetings to provide members with an opportunity to plan, discuss, and set our union’s direction.
The Ford government’s underfunded response to COVID-19 in our schools earns a failing grade, say teachers in Progress Report Card.
More Campaigns for Change
ETT mobilizes to demand change from the Ford government and the TDSB on the issues that matter to members. Recent campaigns include:
- TDSB Virtual School Students and Teachers Deserve Better Petition: Hundreds of educators demand changes to improve virtual schools.
- ETT COVID-19 Progress Report: More than 1,600 responses help expose the Ford government’s failures.
- Enough is Enough Email Campaign: More than 500 emails sent to the TDSB demanding the necessary supports members need to teach.
Engaging Parent Allies
To deepen our relationship with parents, ETT launches Parent Update, an e-newsletter in multiple languages to keep our parent allies informed during these difficult times.
ETT engages with Parent Councils in all TDSB schools, as well as parent groups in PC ridings to build support in critical communities in advance of the 2022 Provincial Election.
Mana Wong campaigns in Scarborough-Agincourt.
ETT Endorses Mana Wong for Councillor in Scarborough-Agincourt
ETT works closely with the Toronto York & Region Labour Council (TYRLC) to educate members about the Scarborough-Agincourt by-election for Toronto City Council and encourage them to vote for Manna Wong, the TYRLC-endorsed candidate.
Manna Wong comes second in the by-election (there were 27 candidates) with 25.1%, losing by only 133 votes.
Calling on ETFO to Launch a Province-Wide Campaign
ETT pens an open letter calling on ETFO to launch a province-wide campaign to expose the Ford government’s inadequate, underfunded, and ill-conceived COVID-19 response in our schools.
ETT President Jennifer Brown calls on the Ford government to properly fund a safe return to school in interview with CTV News.
More News Appearances
ETT President Jennifer Brown and Vice President Jamie Thom actively seek opportunities to engage with media to expose the Ford government’s failures and to ensure that members’ concerns are broadcast to parents, community members, and decision-makers.
More Newspaper Editorials