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Thursday, 28 May 2015

ETFO WTR Strike: Phase 1 Update!




This ETFO memo has been sent out to it's tens of thousands of members. It was posted online by the CBC, May 26th @ CBC

Effective June 1st, ETFO is ratcheting up it's WTR strategy which has been running concurrent to the OSSTF Magnificent 7 strikes. The OSSTF strikes are now on hold as a result of the recent OLRB/ ERC rulings, and the Wynne government's subsequent "back to school legislation."

According to the memo ETFO teachers now WILL NOT:


  • complete any paperwork, applications or proposals to the Ministry of Education for special grants or funding
  • participate in the preparation or completion of Grade 8 to Grade 9 transition reports
  • participate in any grade-to-grade transition meetings
  • complete end of year Ontario Student Record (OSR) activities including filing, sorting and completion of French cards
  • participate in any in-school meetings or professional learning activities on the end of year Professional Activity (PA) day
It's very significant that the first extracurriculars; school trips, are now being included in the WTR job action mix. Will the trustees resume their mandatory EC OLRB case from 2013? It's interesting to note that board lawyer Mike Hines, recently successful at the OSSTF OLRB hearing, was lead that charge too. See @ Fall 2013

The professional learning activity boycott will include the in services for the MOE's new controversial Sex Ed program. Combined with ETFO's instructions not to book any school trips, we see the momentum building for a very explosive teacher protest when classes are scheduled to resume this fall!

Kindly note that ETFO's refusal to fill out MOE applications and forms for grants or funding WILL NOT apply to GSN's [Grants for Special Needs]. That's an appropriate concession to our most needy students, a most welcome and seemingly heartfelt touch! One hopes it isn't lost on those who will falsely accuse the province's teachers of being self serving and only concerned about personal gain!

FURTHER READING

ETFO WTR Phase 1 Memo @ ETFO

Teacher contracts: What was ETFO offered? @ Here!

News links are posted @ News + Views and Contract Guide!

My Blogsite Acronym Guide is @ Here! 

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