November 8, 2019
Toronto, ON – The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today received a ‘no board’ report that it hopes is yet another call for school board bargaining agencies and the government to get serious about contract talks.
“ETFO is fighting for investment, not cuts in education, but Doug Ford’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce isn’t listening,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “While ETFO is now in a legal position to take strike action in 17 days, we will continue to focus on contract talks in an attempt to arrive at a deal that improves student learning conditions and educator working conditions.”
“Doug Ford and his Minister of Education Stephen Lecce have let everyone – parents, students and educators – down. This government doesn’t seem to care about students with special needs, our youngest learners in Kindergarten, larger elementary class sizes and fewer elementary teachers in schools. Parents and educators do.”
“Parents don’t want cuts to education. It’s unfortunate that this is only way we can get the government and school board associations to address these critical issues and maintain Ontario’s world-class public education system,” added Hammond.
ETFO has received a ‘no board’ report from the Ministry of Labour for both its Teacher / Occasional Teacher and Education Worker Central Bargaining Tables.
“ETFO will keep trying to reach a fair deal during this time. It’s on the government’s shoulders to start investing in public education so that our students can succeed.”
ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at
For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations:
Valerie Dugale, 1-888-838-3836 x2331, cell: 416-948-0195, firstname.lastname@example.org