Kitchener-Waterloo

With CUPE negotiations in rear view, Kitchener elementary teachers vote on strike mandate

Though the province recently came to a successful agreement with CUPE, there are still a number of education unions they must negotiate with.

ETFO represents 83,000 education workers across the province

The ETFO and provincial government are currently in negotiations. (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)

Though the province recently came to a successful agreement with CUPE, there are a number of other education unions they must still negotiate with.

Among them is the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

Throughout October, members from the organization's 76 local offices are voting on whether or not they would support a strike should negotiations with the province break down.

This is one step toward what would be legally required prior to striking. The group would also need to provide the province with five days of notice before initiating strike action. 

Negotiating goals including caps on class sizes, a pay increase, health and safety protections and special education supports were presented to members in Kitchener Monday evening, who then voted.

Votes from all 83,000 members will be collected by October 31, with results expected to be announced on November 1. 

Negotiations between the province and ETFO are underway. 

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