Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

April 14, 2005 11:16 ET

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS REACH ACCORD WITH PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 14, 2005) - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has reached a unique accord with the provincial government that will provide teachers with 200 minutes of preparation time and lift the current work-to-rule.

"This is an unprecedented accord," said ETFO President Emily Noble. "A year ago we gave the government and the school boards notice that we would not settle for anything less than improved working conditions for our members. We have now achieved our goal."

The four-year accord includes a wage settlement of 10.2 percent, caps on supervision time, as well as increases in preparation time to reach 200 minutes. There will also be caps on class sizes.

It is estimated that the deal will result in another 5,000 teachers coming into Ontario's public elementary schools. These will be specialist teachers, Noble said, and will return to Ontario schools the enriched learning opportunities that physical education, drama, art, and music teachers and teacher librarians provide.

"The provincial government has done its part," Noble said. "It is now up to the individual school boards to take action. Boards have until June 1 to negotiate settlements with our locals."

If no collective agreement has been negotiated by June 1 then work-to-rule will be imposed once again, Noble said.

"ETFO will do its part to help create a new relationship in Ontario education but it is up to the boards to do their share. If boards try to strip our agreements or do not live up to the provincial framework, they will have squandered this unique opportunity to bring about a new era of cooperation."

"The framework we have negotiated is a good deal for teachers, but it is an even better one for Ontario elementary students. As we have said repeatedly teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions."

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 65,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside of Quebec.
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Contact Information

  • Emily Noble, President, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2349
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-1480
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836