“Our goal of local bargaining was to negotiate a fair collective agreement that would address working conditions issues through free collective bargaining,” said Craig Smith, President of ETFO Thames Valley Teacher Local. Last week, members of the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO) Thames Valley Teacher Local voted to adopt the preliminary agreement. OSSTF is in negotiations with the Ontario government and the Ontario Public Schools Association (OPSBA) for a new collective agreement for high school teachers. Our CUPE employees are critical employees of the Thames Valley District School Board. We respect the negotiation process and we continue to hope that an agreement can be reached at the provincial negotiating table. Thames Valley will continue to communicate directly with parents/caregivers about ongoing work negotiations. As always, for work updates in progress, please visit www.tvdsb.ca/labourupdates and follow @tvdsb on Twitter and Facebook. Thames Valley will not be able to ensure student safety, as more than 3400 of our employees are CUPE members who do not show up to work if no agreement is reached. CUPE staff include facilitators, early childhood educators, teaching assistants, school and central offices, technical assistance (IT) and maintenance. While there is no progress towards a contractual agreement by Friday 6 March, ETFO said it would begin the next phase of its strike protocol on Monday 9 March.
We understand the concerns of some parents/facilitators, students and staff. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. You can find information and updates on our website: tvdsb.ca or on Twitter @tvdsb. We can also share more information electronically about School Messenger. If no agreement is reached at the central bargaining table in Toronto by Friday, January 17, 2020, the union will begin rotating strikes on Monday, January 20, 2020, according to the union. In addition, teachers will no longer participate in professional learning activities as part of the 4th phase of the EtFO Job action. We also hope that an agreement can soon be reached at the provincial level. Most importantly, teachers will continue to focus on supporting students` learning needs. “We are very pleased that preliminary agreements have been reached with our teachers` unions to draw our full attention to the exceptional challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic,” said the Chair of the Board of Directors, Arlene Morell, who has a preliminary agreement with the Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools (OSSTF) between the Ontario government and the Ontario Association of Public Boards (OPSBA). On Tuesday evening, the TVDSB Foundation Board voted and approved the agreement. We look forward to your constant understanding, patience and support from our students. If agreed, secondary schools will remain open on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
For timely notifications, please subscribe to our “Labour Updates” page and social networks. On June 4, ETFO Thames Valley Teacher Local and TVDSB agreed on an interim local agreement and signed the Settlement Protocol on June 5. On tvdsB websites and social networks, you will find the latest updates on the current state of work: www.tvdsb.ca/LabourUpdates OSSTF said that ratification votes are scheduled for May. A preliminary agreement with the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO) has already been signed and ratification votes will begin this week.