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Labour Negotiations News

School boards and unions share a commitment to public education and work together towards positive labour relations. The collective bargaining framework for the education sector features a two-tier bargaining process, involving both central and local bargaining. Learn more about the process.

Central negotiations between the Government of Ontario (the Crown), public school boards represented by the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA), and teacher federations and education worker unions (including ETFO, CUPE and OSSTF) remain ongoing. Visit the OPSBA website for the latest updates on central bargaining.

The TDSB is currently bargaining locally with CUPE. We anticipate local bargaining with ETFO and OSSTF to commence in the near future.


Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Update: January 27, 2020

Today, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that, if central agreements are not reached by January 31, its members will conduct a province-wide strike (full withdrawal of services) on Thursday, February 6, 2020. In addition, ETFO also announced the details of rotating strikes that will continue at a number of school boards next week. ETFO members will strike at the TDSB on Friday, February 7, 2020 if an agreement is not reached.

Should the walkouts take place, the TDSB would have no other option but to close all elementary schools to students on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7 as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. Parents/guardians should start making alternate arrangements for their children on these dates. More information will be shared with parents/guardians shortly.

Read the letter sent to parent/guardians regarding the announcement of further strikes.

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Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) 

 
Update: January 23, 2020

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has announced that, should progress not be made in negotiations, its members (teachers and education workers) will conduct another one-day walkout (full withdrawal of services) at a number of school boards, including the Toronto District School Board, on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. They will return to work on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Should the walkout take place, the TDSB would, once again, have no other option but to close all secondary schools to students, including Adult Day Schools and Night Schools offering secondary credits, as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. All classes, including secondary e-Learning classes, and any out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) would be cancelled on that day. As a result, parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children, if required.

In the event of a walkout by OSSTF, elementary and middle schools would remain open. All adult non-credit programs, such as Adult ESL and Learn4Life, will continue to run.

OSSTF has also indicated that the walkout on January 21 will be the last full withdrawal of services by OSSTF members until after the secondary school exam period.

OSSTF is in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve new collective agreements for secondary teachers and education workers (including Child and Youth Workers, Psychologists, Social Workers and Speech-Language Pathologists).

Read the parent/guardian letter regarding OSSTF's one-day walkout for more information.

Update - January 23: As per the sanctions, secondary teachers will be inputting student marks electronically, but will not be writing comments. As a result, semester one report cards will be produced for secondary students with marks only and distributed following the completion of the semester. Read the parent/guardian letter regarding term 1 report cards for more information.

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