FAQ’s

FAQs will be updated regularly, so please check back frequently.

How are we voting?
Who is qualified to vote?
When can I vote?
Where do I vote online?
I’d like to read the Tentative Extension Agreements before I vote. Where can I find them?
Is there advance/late voting?
Can someone vote on my behalf?
How do I get to the voting website to cast my ballot?
What information do I need to provide to vote?
When will ETFO announce the ratification vote result?
I need to change my contact information at ETFO.  How do I do that?
How is the vote outcome determined?
I have a disability that prevents me from participating in the vote as it is currently designed.  What do I do?
What is a “double majority”?
What does the double majority vote process look like for ETFO members?
Why is ETFO using a “double majority” process to ratify the tentative agreement?
Does a double majority vote fulfill the ratification requirements required by legislation?
The double majority requires a majority of locals in support of the tentative agreement, in addition to the number of overall members. I belong to 2 ETFO locals. Does that mean I get to vote in each local?
Does that mean these members get to vote multiple times in the voting website?
So does this mean these 2,400 ETFO members are voting two or more times?
I’m a part-time contract teacher who also does occasional teaching in my school board.  Does this mean I get to vote twice?
I’m an occasional teacher who works in two school boards.  Does this mean I get to vote twice?

 

 THE VOTING PROCESS


How are we voting?
We are conducting an online vote.

Dedicated, secure online voting websites have been constructed for the vote to ensure all active ETFO members can access information from anywhere in the province and exercise their right to vote. The online voting website will also provide information ETFO members can review at their leisure before voting.


Who is qualified to vote?

All active ETFO TEACHER AND OCCASIONAL TEACHER members are qualified to participate in the Teacher/Occasional Teacher Tentative Extension Agreement ratification vote.

All active ETFO DECE/ESP/PSP/EDUCATION SUPPORT members are qualified to participate in the DECE/ESP/PSP Tentative Extension Agreement ratification vote.

Active membership is defined in Article IV of the ETFO Constitution and Bylaws.

http://www.etfo.ca/AboutETFO/Governance/Constitution/Pages/default.aspx


When can I vote?

Between Monday, February 27 (starting at 6:00 pm) and Friday, March 3 (ending at 11:59 pm). Times are listed in Eastern Standard Time; voters in Central Time Zones need to adjust times accordingly.

The vote is online.


Where do I vote online?
Links to the Teacher/Occasional Teacher and DECE/ESP/PSP online voting sites will be posted on this website on Monday, February 27, at 6:00 pm.

The links will also be forwarded to members on Monday February 27, around 6:00 pm through the member-only ETFO CB eNewsletter.


I’d like to read the Tentative Extension Agreements before I vote. Where can I find them?

Private links Tentative Extension Agreements were sent to ETFO members in a CB eNewsletter on Thursday, February 9th. The CB eNewsletter also included a video from President Hammond explaining the terms of the agreements and highlights documents that summarized the terms of the agreements.

Members who did not receive the CB eNewsletter can obtain the Tentative Extension Agreements by making a request through the Contact Us option on this website. Members must include their ETFO number when making this request.

Copies of the agreements will also be available in the online voting site during the voting period (February 27 – March 3). Members will be able to enter and exit the online voting site as many times as they wish during the online voting period to examine the voting information within the site, provided they do not vote. Once a member casts their ballot, the member will not be able to re-enter the online voting site.


Is there advance/late voting?
No. The voting website will be active only during the online voting period.


Can someone vote on my behalf?
Unless there are accessibility issues requiring accommodation (i.e., a visual impairment), ETFO does not recommend sharing private information, like your ETFO number, with others or giving permission for another person to cast your vote.


How do I get to the voting website to cast my ballot?
The voting website address and voting instructions will be provided to members in a Collective Bargaining eNewsletter sent to them on Monday, February 27 around 6:00 pm.

Links will also be posted on this website on Monday, February 27 around 6:00 pm.


What information do I need to provide to vote?
In order to participate in the vote, you will need to input your ETFO member ID number Your ETFO number is located on your ETFO card (i.e., the white card with the red apple).


When will ETFO announce the ratification vote result?
Saturday, March 4, 2016


I need to change my contact information at ETFO. How do I do that?
Contact ETFO Member Records at Trecords@etfo.org to update your contact information.


How is the vote outcome determined?
The tentative extension agreements are ratified on the basis of a double majority.


 I have a disability that prevents me from participating in the vote as it is currently designed.  What do I do?

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, Canadian Association for Community Living, Council of Canadians with Disabilities and Elections Canada have all endorsed online and internet voting methods as an opportunity to increase voting accessibility, over traditional methods to persons with disabilities.

However, there may be members who experience difficulties with online voting.  In that case, members will be able to access the assistance of the Help Centre or ETFO Collective Bargaining Communications during the voting period.

 

THE “DOUBLE MAJORITY” PROCESS FOR THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT VOTE


 What is a “double majority”?
It is a two-step majority voting process. In law, a double majority is:

  • a majority of members voting, considered collectively regardless of whether in an occasional local or regular teacher local;
  • a majority of locals. In order for a local to be deemed to have voted in favour of ratification, a majority of the members of the local voting must have voted in favour of ratification.


What does the double majority vote process look like for ETFO members?
The double majority would be the:

  • overall majority of eligible voters (“overall vote”)
    • Each ETFO teacher/OT is able to vote once in the overall vote

AND

  • majority of teacher/occasional teacher locals (“local vote”)
    • ETFO members who belong to more than one local are able to vote once in each of their locals


Why is ETFO using a “double majority” process to ratify the tentative agreement?
In September 2014, ETFO’s Provincial Executive considered ETFO Annual Meeting resolutions and passed motions concerning collective bargaining. The Provincial Executive determined that a double majority voting process should be implemented for ratification of any central tentative agreements.


Does a double majority vote fulfill the ratification requirements required by legislation?
Yes, this ratification process does comply with the ratification requirements in the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act and the Labour Relations Act.


The double majority requires a majority of locals in support of the tentative agreement, in addition to the number of overall members. I belong to 2 ETFO locals. Does that mean I get to vote in each local?
Approximately 2,400 members (less than 4% of eligible voters) belong to two or more locals. These members will be able to cast ballots in each local in which they are a member.


Does that mean these members get to vote multiple times in the voting website?
No. To preserve the integrity of the overall vote, members who belong to multiple locals will:

  • Vote once in the first online voting site;
  • Cast any additional ballots in the second online voting site.

Members who belong to more than one local will be emailed instructions from ETFO that will allow them to cast their additional ballots at the second online voting site.


So does this mean these 2,400 ETFO members are voting two or more times?
No. In the overall vote, these 2,360 ETFO members can cast only one ballot, just like any other eligible voter.

In the local vote, these members are not “voting twice” but simply voting in each local in which they are eligible.

An equivalent analogy is:

  • In Ontario municipal elections, a voter is eligible to vote in each municipality in which they own or rent property.  They are only allowed to vote once in each municipality.

I’m a part-time contract teacher who also does occasional teaching in my school board. Does this mean I get to vote twice?
Yes, you may vote once in the main voting site, and once in the secondary voting site established for teachers/OTs who are members of more than one ETFO local. The URL for the secondary website will be posted on the CB website on February 27 after 6:00 pm.

You will be receiving a special email from ETFO with instructions advising you how to vote.

I’m an occasional teacher who works in two school boards. Does this mean I get to vote twice?
Yes, you may vote once in the main voting site, and once in the secondary voting site established for teachers/OTs who are members of more than one ETFO local. The URL for the secondary website will be posted on the CB website on February 27 after 6:00 pm.

You will be receiving a special email from ETFO with instructions advising you how to vote.

 

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