As an educator teacher, you are a member of one of the most highly regulated occupations in the province. From the Education Act to the Teaching Profession Act to the Ontario College of Teachers Act, your chosen profession is hemmed in on all sides by dozens of statutes, regulations, and guidelines.
Your local collective agreement is full of rights, entitlements, and protection against arbitrary treatment.
Here are just a few job-related items which would be in jeopardy without collective bargaining:
Collective bargaining is an ongoing process which continually evolves, gaining more protections and better working conditions for education workers over time.
Each and every ETFO member has a stake in reading and understanding the agreement, and in supporting the local bargaining process.
Your principal, superintendents, and trustees may be well-intentioned individuals committed to helping you do your job. But good intentions are no substitute for the negotiated, legally-enforceable document that unambiguously sets forth your rights in the workplace.
In short, collective bargaining protects your rights as an education worker. Read your collective agreement today.