TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Hilda Watkins, a teacher with the Greater Essex
County District School Board and president of the Ontario Teachers'
Federation, was elected vice-president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation
of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's annual meeting today.
"ETFO has been in existence for less than a decade, yet it is renowned
for its accomplishments in terms of collective bargaining, programs, and
social justice. Nevertheless, we cannot afford to rest upon our laurels as our
greatest challenges have yet to come," Watkins told the over 500 delegates to
"With the provincial election in the fall of 2007, it is possible for our
political landscape to deteriorate drastically. Additionally, the next round
of bargaining will prove to be our most difficult set of negotiations to date
as we move to eliminate the funding gap that adversely impacts the working
conditions of elementary teachers and educational workers."
A teacher for more than 30 years, Watkins has taught grades 6, 7 and 8 in
Essex County, as well as speech, language, and special education. She most
recently served on the ETFO Executive and is a former member of the Governing
Council of the Ontario College of Teachers. She was President of the Greater
Essex County Teacher Local from 2004 - 2006.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
70,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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