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Elementary teachers begin phase two of work-to-rule campaign

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario began phase two of a work-to-rule campaign today.

Effective Tuesday, December 10, 2019, ETFO members will:

  • NOT participate in any performance appraisal or evaluation process, unless the member has received a previous unsatisfactory report or is ‘under review’;
  • NOT post success criteria (e.g., anchor charts, learning goals, etc.) in the classroom if directed to do so by an administrator or supervisor;
  • NOT prepare a bulletin board or school display if requested to do so by an administrator or supervisor;
  • NOT plan any new field trips scheduled to occur before June 30, 2020;
  • NOT register for any future Additional Qualification course(s) offered by a school board;
  • NOT serve as ‘Teacher in Charge’;
  • NOT perform any duties that are normally performed by a school administrator or direct supervisor;
  • NOT complete system-level board reports requested by an administrator or supervisor;
  • NOT complete board finance-related documentation (including grant applications) requested by an administrator or supervisor;
  • NOT undertake the role of divisional chair/team lead;
  • NOT attend meetings unless they are scheduled during the instructional day AND release time is provided by an occasional teacher, occasional DECE or an occasional education worker;
  • NOT collect monies or participate in the electronic collection of monies for school-based activities except those for charitable causes;
  • NOT purchase supplies on a member’s own time if requested to do so by an administrator or supervisor;
  • NOT distribute any memos/letters from a school and/or school board;
  • NOT distribute any material related to the legal strike action of another bargaining unit; and
  • NOT participate in any new employee attendance or absence reporting processes, including the submission of medical certificates initiated because of full-withdrawal strike action by another union/bargaining unit.

ETFO President Sam Hammond says the goal is to turn up the heat on Premier Ford and his education minister, Stephen Lecce.

“It’s critical that they finally come to contract talks prepared to address the real issues of concern: more supports for students with special needs, the protection of Ontario’s Kindergarten program and critical issues like addressing violence in schools.”

The union and Province have been bargaining since June.

“Parents, teachers and education professionals know that the government’s agenda of cuts, not investment, in public education is harmful to our students’ education and future. We’re taking the legal steps available to us to get a better deal that supports our members and students and helps preserve Ontario’s world-class education system,” added Hammond.

Teachers voted for an overwhelming strike mandate of 98%.

The new action is in addition to phase one of the work-to-rule campaign which began on November 26th and can be found here:https://etfocb.ca/strike-protocol-work-to-rule-phase-1/

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