Dear families of elementary students,
As you are aware, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has been in a legal strike position since Nov. 25, 2019 with respect to central bargaining between ETFO, the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA). Since then, ETFO has been in labour sanctions.
ETFO announced today they will begin Phase 3 of labour sanctions Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, and if no agreement has been reached, they will begin Phase 4 on Jan. 20, 2020.
In the Halton District School Board, ETFO represents permanent and occasional (supply) teachers in elementary schools, as well as early childhood educators working in our Kindergarten classrooms.
The sanctions identified by ETFO in
Phase 3, effective Jan. 13, that may impact families include:
- Not planning or participating in school assemblies, except to provide supervision to students
- Not participating in extracurricular activities (sports teams, clubs etc.) except for those that are scheduled within the regular school day
- Not participating in field trips
- Not arriving earlier than 30 minutes before the instructional day for students
- Not remaining at school later than 15 minutes after the instructional day ends
Specific information regarding the cancellation of school activities will be provided by your child’s school.
The sanctions identified by
ETFO in Phase 4, effective Jan. 20, include:
- Not participating in any school board or Ministry professional learning.
ETFO has also announced that if no agreement is reached by Jan. 17, 2020, ETFO members will commence a full-withdrawal of services (strike) on a rotating basis effective Monday Jan. 20, 2020. To date, there has been no announcement of which school boards will be affected by these rotating strikes.
It is important to note these labour sanctions are occurring at the central bargaining table between provincial unions, the Government of Ontario and OPSBA, and are not a reflection of relationships between the HDSB and our local unions.
We will continue to provide you with accurate and timely information as we are able through SchoolMessenger, the HDSB website and the Board’s social media pages (Twitter
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Director of Education