Category Archives: Labour


ETFO Phase 1 Work-to-Rule began on November 26, 2019

ETFO Phase 2 Work-to-Rule began December 10th, 2019

ETFO Phase 3 Work-to-Rule begins on January 13th, 2020

ETFO Phase 4 Strike Action begins on January 20th, 2020

ETFO Phase 5 Strike action begins on February 3rd, 2020

Phase 6 Strike action begins on February 26th, 2020

Phase 7 Strike action begins on March 9th, 2020


Central Bargaining Update
For 8 months, this government has refused to make a commitment.

The Minister of Education claims only a few bargaining issues are outstanding but that is not true.

In addition, the government’s bargaining team:

  • continues to demand that ETFO teacher and occasional teacher members agree to reductions to public elementary education spending;
  • continues to demand no limits on elementary class sizes;
  • has not accepted ETFO’s proposal that the current Kindergarten model be maintained; and
  • continues to propose the elimination of fair and transparent hiring practices for occasional teachers.

Answers to questions members may have can be found on the ETFO Collective Bargaining website www.etfocb.ca in the section.


The media and government can sometimes engage in unfounded speculation around bargaining. So “ Don’t believe it until you hear it directly from ETFO.”

SmartFind System


Call-out times are in evenings from Sunday to Thursday from 5:45pm until 9:45pm, and in the mornings from Monday to Friday starting at 6:15am until the job start time (So the System will attempt to fill 1/2 day PM jobs throughout the morning).


Adjusting the daily times you wish to receive calls is done through adjusting within the dropdown tab Schedule -> General -> New -> The system will NOT call (and then set a day(s) and timeframe). This is only useful for weekly recurring commitments which prevent you from answering a SmartFind call. This can be adjusted or deleted as your commitments change. Otherwise use the Do Not Call function online or through the phone.


Priority school letters will be mailed out this week. Most eligible members received their first choice. If you wish to receive more calls consider adding more schools to your profile by contacting harringtonl@rcdsb.on.ca Some larger schools still have space on their priority lists.

Online Workplace Violent Incident Reporting form

As you are probably aware, you are required to report violent incidents that cause or could cause physical injury, whether the force is actual, attempted or threatened. Despite mitigating circumstances (age, special needs, presence of an IEP) you still must report.



If you are the victim of a violent incident (even if it was an attempt or a threat) you must fill out this report. Classroom evacuations are also considered violent incidents and so should be reported using the new online step by step reporting form instructions accessed to RCDSB.

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