The Liberal government and the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) will rejoin the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the bargaining table next week as elementary teacher’s are still without a contract.
Bargaining dates have been sent out for Monday, October 5th and Tuesday, October 6th. The last time the parties met for negotiations was September 11th.
The education minister, Liz Sandals announced on Tuesday that the government was willing to get back to the table and get a deal done.
The ETFO will be continuing with the unfair labour practice complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB).The complaint states the government and the OPSBA have breached their responsibility under the School Board’s’ Collective Bargaining Act to negotiate in good confidence.
The ETFO will continue their work to rule until a fair and negotiated contract is concluded. The ETFO work to rule is currently in phase 3 as possible rotating strikes could happen.
The ETFO represents over 70,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.