August 20, 2015
Media Release: ETFO to Extend Work-to-Rule Strike Action in September
ETFO Media Release
The following ETFO media release was issued on August 20, 2015.
Teacher and occasional teacher (OT) members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will begin a “phase 2” work-to-rule strike action on the first work day of the 2015-2016 school year.
“We will stay the course to protect teacher professionalism and teachers’ ability to use professional judgment when providing instruction to students,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “While we have agreed to return to the bargaining table on September 1, there must be movement at the table towards a fair collective bargaining agreement that respects teacher working conditions and student learning conditions.”
ETFO’s teacher and occasional teacher members will remain in schools to carry out their instructional duties with students and provide voluntary extra-curricular activities. They will not engage in certain activities under phase 2 including:
- participate in field trips;
- collect monies for school-related activities or participate in fundraising activities;
- respond to any electronic communication from the principal or vice-principal outside of the instructional day except where there is a safety issue involved;
- collect or distribute to students any paperwork required by the school or school board; or
- attend open houses or ‘Meet the Teacher” nights outside of the instructional day. (These may occur during the instructional day.)
This action is incremental to the administrative work-to-rule strike action that was begun last May that impacts school board and Ministry-related initiatives.
“For six months, the government has stood silently by and done nothing to stop the attempt by the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) to control every classroom at the expense of every teacher. Its demands are not about improving education for our students. They are about increasing management rights and a desire for control,” added Hammond.
ETFO Strike Protocol: Work-to-Rule – Phase 2
Effective the first working day of the 2015-16 school year, Teacher and Occasional Teachers will:
NOT act as Teacher Designate or Teacher-in-Charge at any time;
NOT engage in any electronic communication with the principal or vice-principal outside of the instructional day except in situations that involve a safety concern. (NOTE: This does not include communicating with the principal or vice-principal regarding an absence, emailing of day plans, if required, or any communication to accept or decline occasional teaching assignments);
NOT collect or distribute to students any paperwork required by the school or board;
NOT collect monies;
NOT perform or participate in any activities/meetings/training related to Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSAs) and School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSAs);
NOT participate in board professional development (other than mandatory first aid training, Sabrina’s Law and WHMIS);
NOT participate in board committees (other than Health and Safety, staffing committees, and School Council meetings), writing teams or curriculum resource development;
NOT complete the Teacher’s Annual Learning Plan (ALP) unless it is the teacher’s appraisal year;
NOT attend open houses or “Meet the Teacher” nights outside the instructional day (these may occur during the instructional day);
NOT plan, organize or participate in fundraising activities; and
NOT plan, organize or participate in any field trips. Members may continue to take part in life skills activities involving special needs students.
ETFO Phase 1 and ETFO Phase 1 Update work-to-rule strike action continues.