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Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (eTFO)

Update – Friday, December 4, 2015
Tentative Halton Elementary Occasional Teachers Local agreement reached

The Halton District School Board is pleased to announce that a tentative local agreement has been reached with Halton Elementary Occasional Teachers Local, representing more than 900 occasional elementary teachers.

The tentative deal must be ratified by both the Halton local members and the Halton District School Board. Terms of the tentative agreement remain confidential until the ratification process is completed. 

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Update – Monday, November 23, 2015
Tentative ETFO local agreement reached

The Halton District School Board is pleased to announce that a tentative local agreement has been reached with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Halton Teachers Local representing more than 2,800 Halton elementary teachers.

The tentative deal must be ratified by both the local Halton ETFO teacher members and the Halton District School Board.

Terms of the tentative agreement remain confidential until the ratification process is completed.

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Update – Friday, November 13, 2015

Today we received confirmation that the central tentative agreement between Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) was ratified by both parties.  Halton local negotiations with ETFO continue.

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Update – Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tentative agreements reached with ETFO  and CUPE workers.  School support staff continue sanctions.

On November 2,  the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the provincial government  reached a tentative agreement with the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Details of these tentative agreements must remain confidential until ratified by both parties. Teachers' work-to-rule sanctions are lifted.

While these announcements are well received, we remind parents that school support staff (e.g., secretarial and office staff) are continuing their labour sanctions. 

We will continue to provide additional updates as they become available

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Update – Monday, November 2, 2015

Important notice for parents/guardians of elementary students 
Halton District School Board postpones elementary Progress Reports

Currently, public elementary teachers across Ontario are taking part in legal job action. This action includes not providing the November student Progress Report comments and not inputting learning skills and student progress levels (progressing with difficulty, progressing well, progressing very well) electronically. The production of Progress Reports for more than 40,000 Halton public elementary students relies on the inputting of this data by 2,700 teachers. Given the current and cumulative impact of labour action by education unions across the province, the Halton District School Board, along with most other public school boards in Ontario, is postponing  elementary Progress Reports.

We will continue to monitor the labour situation and will provide Progress Reports if time allows. This means that if the labour situation is resolved within the next few weeks, school staff may provide Progress Reports for students. However, if the job action continues beyond that, there may not be sufficient time to provide Progress Reports as school staff will be focused on the completion and distribution of Term 1 Report Cards.

We understand this is frustrating and parents want information about their child’s progress. Since progress reports are postponed, this information is not available from the school at this time. It is our understanding that, during the current job action, teachers will not conduct parent interviews related to November Progress Reports. However, teachers will maintain contact with parents regarding students during the instructional day as necessary.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

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Update – Friday, September 25, 2015
Negotiations status update

The Halton District School Board provides the following update concerning the current status of negotiations:

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
• There is no provincial agreement with central ETFO and no talks currently scheduled.
• Halton local negotiations are continuing with meetings scheduled for September 28
• Union sanctions imposed across Ontario continue and include the withdrawal of services such as: 
- Not including coverage for absent teacher colleagues
- No scheduling of field trips 
- Not supervising extra-curricular activities on “Wynne Wednesdays”
- Not participating in school open houses or “Meet the Teacher” nights
- Not updating class websites

In response to these sanctions, extra-curricular activities have been scheduled to occur on other days of the week (not Wednesdays) and all cross country meets have been postponed because of teacher supervision issues and the inability to cover classes. 

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)
• Provincial talks have produced a central agreement which has been ratified.
• Local talks continue with meetings scheduled for September 30 and October 1.
• Most recent local sanctions include:
- Not participating in Grade 9 parent nights
- Not producing progress reports
- Not preparing or administering EQAO testing

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
• Provincial talks continue
• Local Halton talks continue with meetings scheduled for September 30 
• Phase 2 labour sanctions have been announced across the province beginning September 29. These additional sanctions include:
- Not sweeping hallways or entrances
- Not participating in school composting programs
- Not cleaning blackboards

Custodial staff in Halton have acknowledged that if these sanctions create an unsafe environment for students and staff, they will comply with all Health and Safety procedures.

The Halton District School Board remains committed to continuing to talk and bargain in good faith at the local level in order to reach a local agreement. The Halton District School Board will communicate any new information to families as soon as possible by email, on the HDSB and school websites, and through social media.

Thank you for your continued understanding.  

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UPDATE: Friday September 18, 2015
Important Notice for Families of Elementary Students:
Job action by Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

To Families of Elementary Students:

The purpose of this letter is to update Halton District School Board families on the status of labour negotiations and job action with Halton elementary teachers.

Local negotiations carry on and the Board remains committed to continuing to talk and bargain in good faith with its elementary teachers in order to reach a local agreement. However, no further central provincial negotiations have been scheduled at this time.

ETFO has been in a legal strike position since May, 2015. They have instituted various job sanctions over the past several months. On Aug. 20, 2015, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced phase 2 of their job action in public schools across Ontario. In addition to sanctions taken in phase 1, teachers have been directed not to:

• plan, organize or participate in field trips
• plan, organize or participate in fundraising activities
• collect monies or distribute to students any paperwork required by the school or school board
• attend open houses or 'Meet the Teacher' nights outside of the instructional day

Today, we received notification of phase 3 sanctions which are effective Monday, September 21, 2015. The new sanctions are in addition to those previously included in phases 1 and 2. Teachers have been directed not to:

• fill in for an absent teacher or take on additional students if a class needs to be reorganized
• take on other duties during regularly scheduled preparation times including being reassigned to teach in another class
• update classroom websites/blogs, complete or distribute class newsletters
• take part in any activities beyond the classroom (e.g., extra-curriculars) on Wednesdays. Actions on these days will also include ETFO members demonstrating union solidarity by wearing symbolic items (e.g., buttons). Members may also engage in planned lobbying activities including information pickets and local rallies.

Be assured we will support our schools to minimize the impact of the job action on students. The Halton District School Board is committed to keeping you informed and will continue to monitor the situation. Any new information will be communicated to families as soon as possible by email, on the HDSB website and through social media.

Thank you for your continued patience, support and understanding.

David Euale
Director of Education

Kelly Amos
Chair of the Board

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Labour Update for Elementary and Secondary Families:

As parents are aware, all union educational workers, including Ontario teachers, are subject to a new negotiations framework through provincial legislation. This framework calls for a provincial (or central) negotiations on monetary issues and local negotiations on terms of employment. Educational workers have been without a contract for almost one year as this new process unfolds. 

In spite of both central and local talks, no settlements as yet have been reached. Both   secondary teachers and elementary teachers in Ontario are now in a legal strike position.  In June, this strike action took the form of a work-to-rule with teachers withdrawing from administrative functions such as report card mark entry and participation in professional development. 

Because all teachers are in a legal strike position, the terms of the strike action can change with little notice. Further strike action could include the withdrawal of additional services or a full walk-out in September.

Although we have not been formally notified, it is our understanding that without a settlement in September, both elementary and secondary teachers will not supervise extra-curricular activities such as sports, after school clubs, school band, etc.   

In Halton, we plan for additional local talks to continue the progress made prior to the summer break. A local settlement, however, would be difficult, if not impossible, without a central agreement on the monetary issues. It is our hope that central negotiations will be initiated in August and that those talks will produce a settlement and, therefore, avoid any withdrawal of service by teachers. 

The Halton District School Board will continue to keep parents and students informed of the labour situation through updated information to our website at www.hdsb.ca, through media releases and social media.

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UPDATE - Thursday, June 18, 2015
 
Important Message for Families of Elementary Students:
Report cards to be provided for elementary students in SK - Grade 8

At the Halton District School Board meeting of June 17, trustees have supported the Director of Education’s recommendation to allocate up to $100,000 to secure assistance to input elementary student academic marks in the report card system.   
 
Currently, public elementary teachers across Ontario are taking part in a legal strike. This action includes not providing report card comments and not inputting student marks/achievement levels electronically. The production of report cards for more than 40,000 Halton public elementary students relies on the inputting of this data by 2,700 teachers. Trustees had previously supported the concept that the data entry could not be managed by principal and vice-principals at this very busy time of year. Therefore, a commitment was made to have principals and vice-principals produce report cards only for students graduating from their schools.  These report cards will be distributed on June 24th.

As a result of the approval of funds by trustees, during the summer, report cards for all remaining students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 7 will be produced with subject grades/achievement levels and learning skills only (no comments). These will be made available from August 31- September 3 at the elementary school your child attended during the 2014-15 school year. Report cards not picked up will be mailed home to families. 

The Ministry of Education indicated they could not provide special funding for this initiative. Therefore, we are very pleased that the Halton District School Board trustees chose to support this allocation of funds.  This enhancement to our original plan allows for the equitable access to grades and learning levels for all elementary students for this school year. 

For more information, please visit www.hdsb.ca 

Sincerely,

David Euale
Director of Education
Halton District School Board

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UPDATE - Friday, June 12, 2015

Final report card for elementary students

Currently, public elementary teachers across Ontario are taking part in a legal strike.  Strike action to date has primarily been a restriction of administrative tasks rather than a full walk-out or withdrawal of services to students.  This action includes not providing report card comments and not inputting student marks/achievement levels electronically for the purpose of producing an Elementary Provincial Report Card. 

The production of report cards for more than 40,000 Halton public elementary students relies on the inputting of this data by teachers.  Halton District School Board staff have explored many possible solutions to allow for the production of report cards in the absence of teacher participation in the process.  It is not reasonable to expect 150 Principals and Vice-Principals to take on the work of approximately 2,700 classroom teachers while also attending to essential end of year responsibilities.

As a result, only elementary students in their graduating year will receive a June report card with subject grades/achievement levels, in order to support effective transitions between schools.

Therefore the following students will receive June report cards: 
• Grade 8 students only in Kindergarten – Gr.8 schools
• Grade 6 students only in Kindergarten – Gr. 6 schools
• Grade 5 students only in Kindergarten – Gr. 5 schools

All other students will be provided with a letter confirming grade placement for the 2015/16 school year.  This letter will take the place of your child’s regular June report card and will be kept in their Ontario Student Record. 

Our elementary teachers are skilled professionals and we are confident they have kept parents well informed throughout the year.  However, if parents have questions about their child’s progress, we encourage them to contact their child’s teacher through the school.

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UPDATE - Friday, May 29, 2015 


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced Phase 2 of their planned labour sanctions. 

Therefore, in addition to the initial list of administrative services withdrawn on May 11, beginning on Monday, June 1, 2015 elementary teachers will:

• Not complete any paperwork /application/proposal to the Ministry for special grants or funding.
• Not participate in the preparation or completion of Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition reports
• Not participate in any grade to grade transition meetings (for example, SK to Grade 1, Grade 5 to Grade 6, Grade 8 to Grade 9). Transition planning for students with special needs will continue.
• Not book field trips for the 2015-2016 school year.

Please note the following remains unchanged:   
• All elementary schools will be open
• Teachers will continue to teach and provide extra help to students
• Activities including sports teams, field trips, and extra-curricular activities will proceed.
• Teachers will maintain contact with parents regarding students during the instructional day
• All school bus transportation services and before & after school programs will operate as normal

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UPDATE - Friday, May 15, 2015

Update on Grade 3 and 6 EQAO assessments 

The Halton District School Board received notification yesterday that EQAO will not be expecting public school boards to conduct Grade 3 and 6 testing due to the elementary teacher’s labour sanctions. 

Like other school boards in Ontario, the Halton District School Board uses the EQAO results to inform our plan for school and board improvement.  The Halton District School Board is dedicated to  continuous improvement and the plan to improve student results is a constant regardless of the administration and results of EQAO provincial testing. 


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UPDATE - Friday, May 8, 2015

Important Notice for Elementary Families:
Schools will be open and teachers will be instructing classes on Monday, May 11


To Families of Elementary Students:

Today the provincial Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) shared details of the planned labour sanction for Monday, May 11, 2015 with Ontario school boards. 

Therefore, we are advising families that starting on Monday, May 11, 2015, elementary teachers will begin a work-to-rule job action in the form of withdrawal of administrative services.
 
We want to be clear with parents what the terms of this work-to-rule job action means to the operation of elementary schools and Kindergarten to Grade 8 students within the Halton District School Board. 

On Monday, May 11, 2015:   
• All elementary schools will be open
• Teachers will continue to teach and provide extra help to students
• Activities including sports teams, field trips, and extra-curricular activities will proceed.
• Teachers will maintain contact with parents regarding students during the instructional day
• All school bus transportation services and before & after school programs will operate as normal

This planned administrative work-to-rule action means teachers will: 
• NOT take part in duties related to Grade 3 & 6 EQAO testing, including preparation activities for students,  implementing the EQAO tests, marking, or administrative duties
• NOT fill in for administrators when asked
• NOT participate in professional development related to Ministry of Education initiatives
• NOT prepare report card comments (marks only will be submitted)
• NOT attend staff meetings

During periods of labour disruption, there is always the possibility of a full withdrawal of services. Although that is not expected at this time, the union has advised the job action is incremental in nature. In the event that the nature of the strike action changes, we will share that information with parents as soon as it becomes available.
 
Thank you for your continued understanding. 

      
David Euale      
Director of Education     

Kelly Amos
Chair of the Board