Labour Relations Updates

March 20, 2020: ETFO announces that a tentative deal has been reached at the central bargaining table.    
 
See "Announcements" below for details.
 
This page contains updates pertaining to labour relations at the Avon Maitland District School Board. To view the details, click on the title and the content will be displayed. This page will be updated regularly.

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Announcements:

Tonight, Ontario Public School Board A and the Crown have reached a tentative settlement of central terms of the collective agreement with ETFO Teachers. Click here for details.
Effective Monday, March 9, 2020, ETFO (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario) will begin Phase 7 of work to rule job action. This is in addition to Phases 1-6, however, it focuses on political action rather than withdrawal of services.
 
Effective Monday March 9, 2020 ETFO members will:
  • Picket outside of their school/worksite for a minimum of 20 minutes
  • Ask parents to arrange and/or participate in a ‘walk-in’
  • Make a personal phone call to a Progressive Conservative (PC) MPP
  • Send a letter to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Executive Council concerning the 2019 round of central bargaining
  • Post/share messages on social media
  • Picket outside the school board office during a board meeting
  • Book a meeting with a PC MPP or picket outside of a PC MPP’s office
  • Call on parents and retired educators to join ETFO members
  • Organize a group to leaflet homes
  • Ask to attend a school council meeting to talk to parents about key elementary bargaining issues
  • Write a letter/email about education cuts and send it to the local newspaper
 
 
OSSTF announces additional sanctions (beginning Monday March 9) and a pause on rotating strike action until March 27. Click here for additional details.  
Education workers and teachers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) in certain school boards (not including AMDSB) will take part in another one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario on Friday February 28, 2020. Click here for details
Effective February 26, ETFO will begin Phase 6 (this is in addition to Phases 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). No additional strike days have been announced. Details of this action can be found here
Education workers and teachers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) in certain school boards (not including AMDSB) will take part in another one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario on Friday February 28, 2020. Click here for details
ETFO and OSSTF announced a one-day walkout for all school boards on Friday February 21, 2020. 
 
All AMDSB schools will be closed. 
Education workers and teachers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) in certain school boards will take part in another one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario. See details here
 
All AMDSB schools will be closed to students because support staff are also members of this union. 
ETFO will continue its strike action next week, having sent five-day notices to school boards and authorities across the province. AMDSB schools will be closed to students in grades K to 8 on Monday February 10 (for the rotating strike) and Tuesday February 11 (for the all member strike).
On Tuesday, February 4, education workers and teachers represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) in certain school boards (not AMDSB) will take part in another one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario. In AMDSB, OSSTF represents secondary school teachers as well as support staff in all schools (e.g. Educational Assistants, Technical Resource Assistants, Secretaries, etc.) See full details here. 
In addition to the Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 Work-to-Rule Strike Protocols, effective February 3, 2020, ETFO members will:
  • NOT participate in extracurricular activities at any time.
 
Also, if no agreement is reached by January 31, 2020, effective February 3, 2020, ETFO locals will continue in a full-withdrawal of services strike that will require members to engage in:
  1. A one-day rotating strike, and
  2. A one-day full provincial strike each week.
Avon Maitland District School Board is affected by the rotating strike on Tuesday February 4 and by the full provincial strike on Thursday February 6. Students in Grades K to 8 will not attend on both of those days. Click here for additional details. 

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will continue week two of rotating strikes.

On January 27 the following school boards are impacted: Simcoe, Waterloo, Keewatin-Patricia and Penetanguishene Protestant Separate. Click here for full details.   

On January 28 the following school boards are impacted: Kawartha Pine Ridge, Hastings-Prince Edward, and Upper Grand, as well as Moosonee and Moose Factory Island school authorities. Click here for full details. 

This morning, ETFO gave the required 5 day notice to Avon Maitland, Halton, Niagara, Lakehead school boards for strikes on Thursday January 23. Details can be found here. 
 
What this means: Students in AMDSB in grades K to 8 will not attend school on Thursday January 23. This includes 7/8 students who attend secondary schools (SSES, FE Madill, GDCI, MDHS, South Huron DHS, St Marys DCVI)
 

ETFO (Elementary Teachers' Foundation of Ontario) has given the required five-day notice for Thames Valley, Rainy River and Rainbow school boards in anticipation of a one-day strike on Wednesday January 22nd, unless a deal is reached. 

Avon Maitland is not included in this action. Details can be found here.

On Tuesday, January 21, teachers and education workers represented by OSSTF in certain school boards will take part in another one-day, full withdrawal of services in selected locations across Ontario. This does not include AMDSB.

OSSTF members in other school boards across the province (including AMDSB) will continue to engage in activities that draw attention to the dangers of the Ford government’s education agenda.

A limited withdrawal of services, which began on November 26, 2019, will continue province-wide, and will be augmented by additional sanctions beginning Monday, January 20. Details of these additional sanctions are listed here.

The Ministry of Education is launching Support for Parents, an initiative that will provide financial support to parents of eligible children for each day of school that is missed on account of the labour disruption. Parents with children attending school-based child care centres that are closed on account of the labour disruption will also be eligible to receive support.

Parents will be able, and strongly encouraged, to submit applications via an online system. The system is open as of today and will remain so until four weeks after the labour disruption ends. Details can be found here. The Ministry has also provided a Frequently Asked Questions document - click here for details. 

Current Status:

In Avon Maitland this includes: all contract and occasional secondary teachers (including those teaching at the Centre for Employment & Learning), Educational Assistants, Designated Early Childhood Educators, Child and Youth Care Workers, school office clerical staff, and technical support staff (Technical Resource Assistants, Information Technology support), Speech and Language Pathologists, Psychometrists, Mental Health Leads, and Attendance Counsellors. Due to the membership of this union in AMDSB, if there is strike action, all schools will be closed since it is not possible to provide sufficient supervision and support for students.
 
Union members continue with the withdrawal of services that began on November 26, 2019:
  • Engage in information pickets before or after school, or during lunch periods (this will not disrupt the regular school day and will have no effect on students in the classroom. Educators will simply distribute information to parents and to the general public).
    A limited withdrawal of services that will affect government or school board initiatives only. These job actions will have no impact on student learning. Full details on this job action can be found here.
 
In addition, as of January 20 and continuing until notice is given otherwise, OSSTF members in all bargaining units will engage in additional sanctions. Details can be found here
 
Note: Many Centre for Employment & Learning programs (Adult non-credit English as a Second Language, Literacy and Basic Skills, LearningHUB, Employment programs) are staffed by non-union employees and are not affected at this time.
This group includes all contract and occasional elementary (grades K to 8) teachers.
 
 
What this means: your child will still come to school during “work to rule” phases and supervision will not be impacted. Students will not attend classes on full-withdrawal of services (strike) days. 
 
Central negotiations are ongoing with this employee group. Local negotiations have not yet been scheduled.
Many Centre for Employment & Learning programs (Adult non-credit English as a Second Language, Literacy and Basic Skills, LearningHUB, Employment programs) are staffed by non-union employees and are not affected by the work-to-rule action at this time.
Day care/Early Years Centres Attached to Schools
Community Use of Schools
At this time, there is no impact on these groups. Please check back regularly for updates.