ETFO Receives “No Board” Report
As you may recall, a conciliation meeting took place between ETFO, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the government on Monday, November 4. Your ETFO Bargaining Team requested “no board” reports for Teacher/Occasional and Education Worker central bargaining because no significant movement around outstanding issues occurred at that meeting.

The “no board” reports have been issued by the Minister of Labour and are dated November 8, 2019. The “no board” reports put ETFO in a legal strike position as of Monday, November 25, 2019.

What’s Next?
Receiving the “no board” reports means that if ETFO wishes to take strike action, such action would be legal as of Monday, November 25, 2019.
It does NOT mean, however, that ETFO must or will take job action.  
Receiving a “no board” report doesn’t mean negotiations have ended.

The process of asking for a “no board” report places heightened pressure on the government, OPSBA and CTA to focus on reaching an agreement. While ETFO may be in a legal position to take strike action on November 25, 2019, it becomes a strategic decision as to whether or not ETFO will take strike action on that date, or after that date.

ETFO’s priority remains achieving a negotiated settlement. But ETFO’s Provincial Executive is considering the next steps that must be taken to obtain a fair deal that meets the needs of our members.
ETFO stewards will be attending meetings in November to receive a bargaining update and hear about those next steps.

Ignore Media Speculation
The media can sometimes engage in unfounded speculation around bargaining.

Do not react to rumours and information you see on television, hear on the radio or view online about ETFO bargaining-related issues, including speculation about possible job action. Your “go to” phrase when you do see such information should be:

“I’m not going to believe it until I hear it directly from ETFO.”

Do you have questions about ETFO’s request for a “no board” report?

 Check the ETFO Collective Bargaining Website’s “no board” FAQS.

Professional Development & Learning Fund

For the 2019-20 school year, the members at the Fall General Meeting on Oct 23rd have approved a fund to support the costs of workshops, ABQ/AQs and Professional Learning resources. Members can apply this year, for a qualifications course $100 reimbursement by submitting proof of enrollment and receipt of payment to our president.

Additionally, members may purchase an educational resource book and receive a $50 reimbursement once per year. In order to receive this funding, your chosen resource must be pre-approved (sorry no teacher-pay-teacher stuff). Just email the president, with your name, title of resource, and email address.  After approval, and upon submission of a receipt, a cheque will be issued.

Funds are distributed on a “first come, first served” basis until the budgeted amount is depleted. This year a fund of $5000 was approved at the Fall GM. Keep on learnin’

Sens tickets Jan 18th group discount

Good afternoon, I am excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to buy Ottawa Senators tickets once again at a group discounted rate in Sections 202 and 203! I have secured 100 tickets to the Ottawa Senators versus the Calgary Flames on Saturday, January 18th at 4 pm. 

The cost of the tickets is only $100 including all taxes and fees. These will make great stocking stuffers! Please email me at to reserve your tickets.  Payment can be made via electronic money transfer to 

Go Sens Go!

No paid PA Day training for OTs

Local Priorities Funding discontinued by Ministry

In the last round of Collective Bargaining negotiations several targeted education investments were discussed. The Ministry agreed to establish a Local Priorities Fund (LPF) of $218.9 million in 2017-18 to address a range of priorities. A portion of this LPF was designated for Occasional Teacher training. This system investment of approximately $19.5 million in 2017-2018 continued into the 2018-2019 school year. 

This extension agreement has expired and no interim funding has been offered for Occasional Teacher training. ETFO negotiations are ongoing with the Provincial Government to regain paid training opportunities for OTs.