Statement from ETFO President Karen Brown

TORONTO, ON – The following is a statement from Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) President Karen Brown:

“Since the start of the summer, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has repeatedly tried to create a crisis where none exists. At a time when educators should be focused on recharging after a stressful school year, they are instead exposed to media interviews where his goals seem to be agitation and division. Educators deserve to be uplifted not targeted.

Put simply, Minister Lecce is needlessly engaged in fear-mongering.

ETFO members will be in schools when they re-open for the 2022-2023 school year. Like the students they serve, educators are looking forward to a stable and safe return to in-person learning. It’s what everyone deserves—students, families and education workers.

As is our usual practice, ETFO is in the process of establishing bargaining dates and is preparing to engage in its regular central bargaining process with government and school board representatives.

If Minister Lecce is truly committed to doing what’s in students’ best interests, he must work to restore positive working relationships with all education stakeholders. This begins by valuing the expertise of education professionals, and respecting their professionalism and professional judgment. A genuine commitment is needed to ensure stability and a public education system that supports, uplifts, and celebrates every student.”

ETFO represents approximately 83,000 members, including public elementary teachers, occasional teachers, designated early childhood educators, education support personnel, and professional support personnel. Visit BuildingBetterSchools.ca.

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ADSB Summer Institute

ADSB is offering paid professional learning for teaching staff on August 30 & 31. Check your Board email in early August for registration details.

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OTF Campground

One of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation’s hidden gems is its private campground on picturesque Quinn Lake near Parry Sound. The camp site is available to all OTF members and education workers in publicly-funded schools.

Booking for the 2022 season is open. Learn more here or email . A receipt for the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit will be issued after the camp closes in October and before the 2022 tax season ends.

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Important – Bill 115 Remedy

ETFO members may be eligible for financial compensation if they were an ETFO member during either or both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years. Each member’s entitlement is based on the amount of time worked on a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis between September 1, 2012, and August 31, 2014. Entitlements for members who worked part-time are prorated based on FTE.

If you believe you are eligible, but do not receive correspondence from ETFO prior to August 31, 2022, please complete ETFO’s online Bill 115 Notice of Objection Form no later than 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2022.

The Notice of Objection form is available at etfo.ca/Objection115. To ensure your objection is processed efficiently, please complete all the fields. Objections received after September 30 will not be eligible for consideration.

If you have questions about eligibility or the compensation process, please review ETFO’s Bill 115 Remedy FAQ. You may also contact ETFO’s duty officer at 1-888-838-3836.

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