WHERE WE’RE GOING:
ETFO’S 2019 CENTRAL BARGAINING GOAL SETTING PROCESS
- STEP 1: MEMBER SURVEYING
- STEP 2: CB COMMITTEE DEVELOPS GOALS
- STEP 3: PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE RECOMMENDS GOALS
- STEP 4: REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL APPROVES GOALS
- STEP 5: THE CENTRAL BARGAINING LISTS
Member input is a critical piece of ETFO’s 2019 central (i.e., provincial) goal setting process. Throughout November, ETFO will be obtaining member input about 2019 central bargaining issues in a variety of ways, including:
- an online all-member survey;
- a random sample telephone survey of members; and
- face-to-face focus groups.
ETFO has contracted a research firm, Strategic Communications (Stratcom) to assist with the surveying process. Members should expect to receive a link to the online survey by email from Stratcom after Monday, November 5, 2018.
Didn’t Get the Online Survey Link?
Members can participate in the online survey process until November 25, 2018 even if they didn’t receive a link to the survey from Stratcom.
ETFO’s Collective Bargaining (CB) Standing Committee is comprised of five ETFO members from across the province who are appointed to carry out assigned tasks, or “Terms of Reference”, related to collective bargaining. The CB Committee is structured so that there is a member from ETFO bargaining unit type (i.e., Teacher, Occasional Teacher, Designated Early Childhood Educator and Education Support Personnel/Professional Support Personnel) on the Committee.
The CB Committee’s Terms of Reference includes creating ETFO’s bargaining goals for each round of negotiations.
Member input about ETFO’s 2019 central bargaining goals is reviewed by the CB Standing Committee in November/December 2018. Based on that review, the CB Standing Committee develops draft central bargaining goals.
The draft central goals are then reviewed by ETFO’s Collective Bargaining Services staff.
After having reviewed the input of ETFO’s CB Services staff, the CB Standing Committee will create ETFO’s 2019 central bargaining goals. Those goals will be forwarded to ETFO’s Provincial Executive.
ETFO’s 2017-2019 Provincial Executive consists of fourteen members who are elected by delegates to the ETFO Annual Meeting. The 2017-2019 Provincial Executive is comprised of:
- the president;
- the first vice-president;
- two vice-presidents;
- the ETFO representative to the Ontario Teachers’ Federation; and
- additional executive members as necessary to complete an executive of fourteen.
At a meeting in January 2019, the Executive will receive the 2019 central bargaining goals from the CB Standing Committee. The Executive then submits those goals to ETFO’s Representative Council for approval.
ETFO’s Representative Council (sometimes referred to as “Rep Council”) is composed of the president of each ETFO local, plus additional representatives based on the size of the local. Under ETFO’s Constitution and Bylaws, Representative Council approves ETFO’s collective bargaining goals.
At its meeting in February 2019, members of Representative Council will review, debate, modify (if necessary) and approve ETFO’s 2019 central bargaining goals.
ETFO’s 2018 Annual Meeting delegates approved a process to determine the draft list of matters to be presented at ETFO’s central bargaining tables. The process, which has been incorporated into ETFO’s Bylaws, is as follows:
- ETFO negotiates at two separate central bargaining tables – one table for Teachers/Occasional Teachers and one table for Designated Early Childhood Educators, Educational Support Personnel and Professional Support Personnel (which is called the “education worker central table”). For each central bargaining table, ETFO’s Provincial Executive recommends a draft list of matters to be presented at that central table. The draft list of matters is called “the central list.”
- The central list recommended by the Executive is then shared with local presidents and chief negotiators at a meeting. During the meeting, there is an opportunity to provide input on the draft central list.
- Local presidents may opt to approve the central list at this meeting through a simple majority vote, or they may refer the list back to the Executive for revisions.
- Presidents vote to approve the central list relevant to their membership (e.g., a teacher local president would vote to approve the central list for the teacher/occasional teacher central table, a DECE local president would vote to approve the list for the education worker central table, etc.).
If necessary, the Executive will present a revised central list at a subsequent meeting of local presidents and chief negotiators for approval through a majority vote of presidents present at the meeting.