Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) extends its support and solidarity to 55,000 education worker members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) as they begin work-to-rule job action on September 30, 2019. ETFO entered central bargaining with the goal of protecting learning and working conditions in Ontario’s schools. So did CUPE. It is disappointing that, after many sessions at the bargaining table, the government and Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) have failed to come to an agreement with CUPE that provides the support our students need and that respects the individuals who play such a critical role in providing that support.
It is clear that, without continued pressure, the government and CTA are unlikely to bargain fair collective agreements for CUPE’s education worker members. This work-to-rule campaign is the result of the government’s and the CTA’s refusal to move away from positions that would cut services to students and demand significant concessions from CUPE education workers. I am asking ETFO’s 83,000 members to ensure their CUPE colleagues know they are not standing alone, and the government and CTA understand we are united in our goal to protect Ontario’s world-class public education system.Acts of solidarity make a difference. Write the Premier, the Minister of Education and your local MPP. The Ford government needs to get a clear message that it is time to negotiate a fair agreement with CUPE education workers. A strong response sends a strong message – both to the CUPE members who need your support and to the government, which needs to hear your frustration.
Sam HammondPresident, ETFO