August 16, 2017
David Mastin, president of the Durham Teacher Local, was re-elected to the Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today at the Federation’s Annual Meeting in Toronto. Mastin was first elected to the Federation’s provincial Executive in 2013.
Speaking to more than 800 ETFO members, Mastin said, "Attacks on collective bargaining are being waged around the world. The austerity agenda is an insatiable demand spearheaded by a business class determined to increase its power and marginalize any opposition.”
“ETFO members are compassionate, equity-seeking citizens whose professionalism has made Ontario’s education system one of the best in the world. In their classrooms, schools and communities, they are working to provide hope for a fair and just society. Our ability to mobilize is critical in countering the business narrative, not just for education but for all working people.”
David began his teaching career in 1995 with the Durham Board of Education (now Durham District School board). He served as Durham local treasurer, secretary, Political Action chair, second vice-president and first vice-president before being elected Durham Teacher Local president. David has also served the local as chief negotiator, and member of the bargaining team and all local committees. In the community, David has volunteered as a ski patroller for the Canadian Ski Patrol System, holding a variety of leadership positions within Kawartha Zone.
At the provincial level, David has served on the provincial Representative Council Selection Committee and was a past member of the Teacher Education Faculty Liaison Committee.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.