TORONTO, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Working within current economic
restraints, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached between the
Ontario government and the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) is respectful of the province's public elementary teachers, and
education professionals who are members of the Federation.
"This is an agreement that supports teachers and student learning and it
was bargained in an atmosphere of mutual respect," said ETFO President
Sam Hammond. "The MOU meets the government parameters set out for this
round of bargaining including a salary freeze, and reflects a shared
desire to improve environments for both teaching and student learning."
The MOU, which must be ratified by ETFO members by June 23rd, rights a longstanding injustice in which ETFO members have been paid
two percent less than every other teacher in the province since 2008.
That salary penalty will be lifted once the current agreement ends in
"Nothing could be more inequitable than having our members paid less
than teachers in the same profession providing the same quality
education for students," said Hammond.
The proposed agreement puts in place measures to improve student
learning. A study on teacher workloads will review issues related to
educational initiatives and student assessments that focus on student
achievement. The MOU also recognizes that teacher and student safety is
paramount. A task force of representatives from ETFO, school boards,
and the ministries of Labour and Education will provide recommendations
about workplace health and safety issues in schools by December 2013.
"Safe workplaces mean safe learning environments for students. Both
these initiatives are very good news for students and parents," added
"We said from the beginning that we would engage in meaningful
discussions with a government team that is knowledgeable about
education. We wanted to be able to put all options on the table and
work together to reach an agreement that meets each party's needs.
Premier Wynne and Education Minister Sandals created those conditions
resulting in the current MOU."
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations- Cell: 416-948-0195, firstname.lastname@example.org