May 7, 2015
Unit Presidents
OTBU Presidents
Provincial Executive
OTF Governors
Provincial Office
James Ryan, President
ETFO Strike Action
On Monday, May 11, 2015 the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will begin a strike
action in the form of a work-to-rule. At this time the focus of the sanction is administrative and
ministry functions. The details of the communication from the ETFO Provincial Executive to their
members follows.
As we have with our colleagues in OSSTF, we will be working with and in support of ETFO’s struggle
for a fair collective agreement that addresses the concerns of their membership. We are currently
coordinating an MPP lobby campaign in conjunction with our ETFO colleagues. As well, we are
joining OSSTF districts in MPP constituency office pickets.
I ask that you extend support to your local ETFO leadership and members.
Effective May 11, 2015 ETFO shall begin strike actions by the withdrawal of administrative
services; Effective May 11 Teachers and Occasional Teachers will:
NOT undertake any EQAO related activities including field testing, marking, administrative
duties, or EQAO test preparation activities with students or other personnel;
NOT undertake EQAO testing with students;
NOT prepare report card comments, complete or package the June report card -teachers
WILL provide the school administrator with a class list of marks for the various subjects/
strands taught;
NOT perform the duties of a report card administrator [eg: merging, printing reports etc];
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NOT perform the duties of a computer site administrator;
NOT attend staff/ divisional/ grade team meetings;
NOT act as Teacher Designates or Teacher-In-Charge unless receiving an annual allowance
or annual stipend under the collective agreement for this assignment;
NOT participate in Ministry meetings/ activities of any kind before, during or after the
instructional day;
NOT meet with Student Work Study Teachers [SWST];
NOT conduct any reading, writing or mathematics assessments other than those that the
teacher deems necessary to report on student progress;
NOT input or submit any student assessment data [ie for MISA/ OnSIS] for any purpose
other than their own personal student assessment;
NOT participate in any professional development workshops/ activities/ discussion forum/
webinar sessions on Ministry initiatives and
NOT attend meetings or undertake tasks related to the following Ministry of Education
Annual Learning Plan [ALP] projects
Associate Teacher [AT] Pilot Projects
Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement [BIPSA]
create Pathways, All About Me Portfolios, Individual Pathway Plans
District Reviews
Early Years Collaborative Inquiry
Experiential Learning Pilot Projects
Learning for all Regional Projects
Math initiatives...
Ontario First Nation, Metis, and Inuit [FNMI] Education Policy Framework Initiatives
Ontario Focused Intervention Partnerships [OFIP] activities
Professional Learning Communities
Regional MISA Professional Network Centres [PNC's]
School/ Student Improvement Plans [SIPSA/ SIP's]
School/ Student Support Initiatives [SSSI]
Steps to English proficiency [STEP]
System Implementation and Monitoring [SIM]
Teacher Learning and leadership Program [TLLP]
Teacher Learning Critical Pathways [TLCP]; and
21st Century Learning Projects.
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Effective May 11 2015 Teachers and Occasional Teachers will:
CONTINUE to teach and provide extra help for students;
CONTINUE to take attendance;
CONTINUE to maintain contact with parents regarding students during the instructional
CONTINUE to provide scheduled supervisory duties.
This job action is incremental in nature. This action will continue in effect until the labour
dispute is satisfactorily resolved or ETFO's Provincial Executive deems that further actions
are required. Should you have further questions or require clarification, please contact you
steward or local.