Yesterday (February 24), the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that escalated job action, in the form of Phase 6 Work-to-Rule, will begin in school boards across the province tomorrow (February 26).
During Phase 6 Job Action, which is expected to run through Friday, March 6, all Grand Erie elementary schools will be open to students as ETFO did not announce any full withdrawal of services for this time period.
During Phase 6 Job Action, ETFO members will do only their scheduled teaching and supervision assignments. Additionally, ETFO members will not agree to, or participate in, any additions or modifications to their schedule.
“While Phase 6 Job action will certainly have an impact on day-to-day school operations and present our elementary principals with some big challenges, we will do everything we can as a board to limit the impact this phase has on our students and their families,” said Board Chair Greg Anderson. “At all times, and in every decision we make, the safety and well-being of our students will be our highest priority.”
In announcing its Phase 6 Job Action, ETFO also stated that if an agreement isn’t reached by Friday, March 6 that it will start Phase 7 Job Action on Monday, March 9. ETFO did not provide any details on what Phase 7 Job Action would be.
ETFO members in Grand Erie include all elementary teachers, occasional elementary teachers, and all designated early childhood educators.
Grand Erie secondary schools are not impacted by ETFO’s job action.