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Elementary teachers to escalate work-to-rule

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

ETFO President Sam Hammond (Toronto Sun Files)

ETFO President Sam Hammond (Toronto Sun Files)

TORONTO - 

Ontario’s public elementary teachers will step up their administrative work-to-rule campaign Monday but it will have “minimal” impact on students in the classroom, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says.

Teachers have been advised not to attend Ministry of Education workshops or meetings, and to also withdraw from mandated meetings with principals.

ETFO members have already been asked by their union to boycott professional development activities and EQAO standardized student testing, and to provide only grades and not comments on student report cards.

The union’s media statement Friday confirms earlier reports of increased job action but reassures parents of children with special needs that autism-related therapy will continue.

“All students, including students with special needs, will continue to receive the high quality instruction that our teachers provide,” ETFO president Sam Hammond said in the statement.

Nine months after their collective agreement expired, Ontario’s teachers and education workers have yet to reach a deal with the Ontario government or the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

This week, the Kathleen Wynne government passed back-to-work legislation for Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation members in the Durham, Peel and Rainbow district school boards.

Teacher unions denounced the move as an attack on teachers’ right to strike, and have accused the school boards of demanding concessions at the bargaining table.

“We are increasing this strike action because of the obstinacy of the government and OPSBA in addressing real issues that affect teachers and the learning conditions in our schools,” Hammond said. “That is our priority during this round of bargaining. It’s time the government and OPSBA stopped playing games and adopted the same priorities.”

Education Minister Liz Sandals has raised concerns that ETFO’s new job actions would impact children’s education, but remains confident that the impasse with teachers can be resolved through summer bargaining.

 

WHAT’S NEW

*Teachers will not complete any paperwork required by the Ministry of Education for special grants or funding except for those related to students with special needs. Teachers will use Applied Behavioural Analysis for students with autism.

*Teachers will not participate in any grade-to-grade transition reports or principal-mandated meetings, including Grade 8 to 9, but can get together to deal with transitions on their own.

*Teachers will not participate in any meetings or professional learning activities on the PA day.

*Teachers will not book any field trips for the 2015-16 school year. 


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